Rider at Canisius
|Date & Time||Friday January 11, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Koessler Athletic Center
Rider Broncs -1 -- Over/Under: 155
The Rider Broncs and the Canisius Golden Griffins meet in college basketball MAAC-tion from the Koessler Athletic Center on Friday night.
The Rider Broncs will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 72-67 win over Quinnipiac in their last outing. Frederick Scott led the Broncs with 13 points on 6 of 8 shooting with 10 rebounds and 3 assists for the double-double while Anthony Durham added 11 points and a pair of steals. Stevie Jordan and Kimar Williams each had 10 points to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Rider in the win, with Jordan adding 6 rebounds, a pair of steals and a pair of blocks while Williams had 7 rebounds and 5 steals. Jordan Allen was held to just 4 points but still leads Rider with an average of 12.7 points per game while Stevie Jordan leads the Broncs in assists with 4.2 assists per game and Frederick Scott leads Rider on the glass with 6.2 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Rider is averaging 76.6 points per game on 45% shooting from the field, 37% from behind the arc and 59.9% from the foul line this season.
The Canisius Golden Griffins will look to rebound after a 97-90 overtime loss to Brown in their last outing. Malik Johnson led the Griffins with 19 points on 8 of 12 shooting with 3 threes while Takal Molson added 18 points with 3 threes, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks. Scott Hitchon and Isaiah Reese each had 15 points to finish off the group of double-digit scorers for Canisius in the loss, with Hitchon adding a pair of blocks while Reese had 3 threes, 3 steals and a team-high 5 assists. Jibreel Faulkner added 7 points and a team-high 8 rebounds as well in the losing effort. Molson leads Canisius in scoring with 17.1 points per game while Reese leads the Golden Griffins with 5.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game this season. As a team, Canisius is averaging 69.4 points per game on 41.6% shooting from the field, 29.5% from behind the arc and 67.8% from the foul line this season.
Rider is 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games overall and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games while the over is 7-2 in their last 9 conference games. Canisius is 0-7 ATS in their last 7 home games and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall while the under is 11-4-1 in their last 16 games following a loss. Rider is 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams at Canisius and the road team is 3-0-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
It’s a little bit surprising on the surface to see Rider as the lone favorite on the board for Friday, considering home court is where a team usually does their best work. However, Canisius has had covering issues at home dating back to last season and while Rider have had their own set of issues to deal with on the road, the fact is that the Broncs have had the upper hand on Canisius in the Golden Griffins’ backyard, so I’ll lay the point with Rider in this one.