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Marist vs. Rider - 3/3/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Rider at Marist
Date & Time Sunday March 3, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)
Location
McCann Arena
Poughkeepsie, New York
The Line
The Line: Marist +2 -- Over/Under: 146
TV Channel
ESPN+
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NCAA BB | Rider at Marist
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The Rider Broncs and Marist Red Foxes meet Sunday in college basketball action at the McCann Arena.

The Rider Broncs need a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Rider Broncs are averaging 76.7 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 75.2 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Stevie Jordan is averaging 12.5 points and 4.5 assists while Frederick Scott is averaging 12.5 points and 5.9 rebounds. Dimencio Vaughn is the third double-digit scorer and Tyere Marshall is grabbing 6.6 rebounds. The Rider Broncs are shooting 33.7 percent from beyond the arc and 61.4 percent from the free throw line. The Rider Broncs are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.7 rebounds per game. The Rider Broncs have lost four of their last five road games.

The Marist Red Foxes also need a win after splitting their last 12 games. The Marist Red Foxes are averaging 67.4 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 69 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Brian Parker is averaging 14.5 points and 3.5 assists while Ryan Funk is averaging 11.3 points and three rebounds. Isaiah Lamb is grabbing 4.7 rebounds and David Knudsen is dishing one assist. The Marist Red Foxes are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 67.7 percent from the free throw line. The Marist Red Foxes are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 28.7 rebounds per game. The Marist Red Foxes have lost four of their last six home games.

The Broncs are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 vs. Metro Atlantic Athletic and 8-22-1 ATS in their last 31 games overall. The Red Foxes are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 Sunday games. The Broncs are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Marist and the road team is 25-10 ATS in the last 35 meetings. The under is 4-1-1 in Red Foxes last 6 overall. The over is 4-0-1 in Broncs last 5 overall.

Neither of these teams are playing consistent basketball and the first meeting back in late January was decided by one point, despite Marist being double-digit underdogs. The Rider Broncs have not only lost six of their last nine games, but they're a brutal 5-11-1 ATS on the road and 8-20-1 ATS on the season. The Marist Red Foxes have been able to sneak in some wins lately despite their struggles, and they're only losing at home by an average of 1.2 points. This is a toss-up contest with no strong feel on either side. I'll take my chances with Marist and the free bucket. 

Pick:
Marist +2

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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