Rider at Niagara
|Date & Time||Sunday January 13, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)|
Niagara Falls, NY
Niagara Purple Eagles +6 -- Over/Under: 159.5
The Riders Broncs will travel to the Gallagher Center to take on the Niagara Purple Eagles this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Rider Broncs won their 3rd consecutive game and improved to 8-7 (3-0 MAAC) on the season after defeating the Canisius Golden Griffins, 82-73, this past Friday. Rider trailed by a 41-30 margin at halftime, however, was outstanding on the offensive end in the 2nd half and pulled away after a 10-0 Broncs run gave Rider a 73-63 lead with 1:05 left in regulation. Rider shot 51.7% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 19-12 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Broncs was Frederick Scott who had 22 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal.
On the season, Rider is averaging 77.0 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field. The Broncs are averaging 7.1 three-pointers per game on 35.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Rider has been led by Jordan Allen (12.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg), Frederick Scott (12.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.4 apg), Dimencio Vaughn (11.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.5 apg, 2.6 spg), and Stevie Jordan (11.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.7 spg).
Defensively, Rider is allowing their opponents to average 76.5 ppg on 46.2% shooting from the field. The Broncs have a rebound margin of -0.5 and a turnover margin of 3.9.
The Niagara Purple Eagles snapped their 3-game losing streak and improved to 8-8 (1-2 MAAC) on the season after defeating the Iona Gaels, 95-90, this past Friday night. Niagara dominated Iona on the boards and was able to pull away for the victory after taking a 78-62 lead with 8:16 left in regulation. Niagara shot 46.8% from the field and outrebounded Iona by a 51-29 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Purple Eagles was Marvin Prochet who had a double-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, & 2 steals.
On the season, Niagara is averaging 73.0 ppg on 40.4% shooting from the field. The Purple Eagles are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 32.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Niagara has been led by Marvin Prochet (17.4 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 1.5 apg), James Towns (12.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.4 apg), Dominic Robb (11.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.2 apg, 2.9 bpg), and Keleaf Tate (9.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.3 apg).
Defensively, Niagara is allowing their opponents to average 75.8 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field. The Purple Eagles have a rebound margin of 0.4 and a turnover margin of 0.5.
The Broncs are 17-7 ATS in their last 24 Sunday games, however, just 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games. The Purple Eagles are 9-19 ATS in their last 28 games after scoring more than 90 points in their previous game and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. MAAC opponents.
Rider has had a solid start to conference play this season as their the last MAAC team without a conference loss and come into this game ranked T-103rd in scoring offense & 282nd in scoring defense. Niagara picked up a much needed win over Iona, however, have struggled a bit on both sides of the ball this season as they currently rank just T-203rd in scoring offense & T-269th in scoring defense.
Rider is the better team here, but Niagara is certainly a team that shouldn’t be overlooked when they are playing on their home court. Niagara has won 4 of their last 5 games at home and as I think their offense will be able to find plenty of success agianst the Broncs defense, I think Niagara will do enough on their home court to at worst, cover with the points.