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Rider vs. Monmouth - 2/15/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Monmouth at Rider
Date & Time Friday February 15, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Alumni Gymnasium (Rider)
Lawrenceville, NJ
The Line
Rider Broncs -7 -- Over/Under: 140
TV Channel
ESPN 3
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NCAA BB | Monmouth at Rider
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The Monmouth Hawks will travel to Alumni Gymnasium (Rider) to take on the Rider Broncs this Friday night in College Basketball action.

The Monmouth Hawks won their 4th straight game and improved to 10-16 (9-4 MAAC) on the season after defeating the Fairfield Stags, 61-49, this past Saturday. Monmouth was outstanding defensively against the Stags and had no trouble pulling away after taking a 45-29 lead with 14:01 left in regulation. Monmouth shot 40.0% from beyond the arc while holding Fairfield to just 27.1% shooting from the field and 15.2% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Hawks was Mustapha Traore who had 16 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal.

On the season, Monmouth is averaging 64.0 ppg on 40.5% shooting from the field. The Hawks are averaging 4.8 three-pointers per game on 29.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Monmouth has been led by Ray Salnave (12.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.2 spg), Deion Hammond (11.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg), Diago Quinn (8.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg), and Mustapha Traore (6.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg).

Defensively, Monmouth is allowing their opponents to average 71.1 ppg on 42.6% shooting from the field. The Hawks have a rebound margin of -0.6 and a turnover margin of 0.4.

The Rider Broncs lost their 5th straight game and dropped to 12-13 (7-6 MAAC) on the season after being defeated by the Quinnipiac Bobcats, 98-88 in OT, this past Tuesday. Rider allowed Quinnipiac to fight back from a 9-point deficit with just :49 seconds left in regulation to force OT and couldn’t fight back after the Bobcats opened up OT on a 10-0 run. Rider shot 40.3% from the field and 29.6% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Broncs was Stevie Jordan who had 17 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal.

On the season, Rider is averaging 75.9 ppg on 44.9% shooting from the field. The Broncs are averaging 6.7 three-pointers per game on 33.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Rider has been led by Frederick Scott (12.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.4 apg), Stevie Jordan (12.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.8 spg), Dimencio Vaughn (11.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.9 spg), and Jordan Allen (10.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg).

Defensively, Rider is allowing their opponents to average 75.1 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field. The Broncs have a rebound margin of 0.8 and a turnover margin of 3.5.

The Hawks are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Broncs are 6-21 ATS in their last 27 games overall and 3-14 ATS in their last 17 games vs. MAAC opponents.

Monmouth has won 8 of their last 10 games and although their offense has had trouble putting up points this season, their defense has been solid as they rank 174th in scoring defense, while holding 3 of their last 4 opponents to 55 points or less.

Rider has lost 6 of their last 8 games and currently rank 104th in scoring offense, 259th in scoring defense, and 292nd in defensive FG%.

Monmouth starting off the season losing 12 straight games, however, a lot of that had to due to a tough non-conference schedule. Monmouth currently sits at the top of the MAAC and between the fact that the Hawks already beat Rider at home by a 75-71 margin and that Rider has really been struggling as of late, I’m taking Monmouth and the points in this one.

Pick:
Monmouth Hawks +7

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