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Rider vs. Niagara - 2/22/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Niagara at Rider
Date & Time Friday February 22, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Alumni Gymnasium
Lawrenceville, New Jersey.
The Line
The Line: Rider -9.5 -- Over/Under: 156
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Niagara Purple Eagles and Rider Broncs meet Friday in college basketball action at the Alumni Gymnasium.

The Niagara Purple Eagles could use a win after losing four of their last five games. The Niagara Purple Eagles are averaging 72.4 points on 42.3 percent shooting and allowing 75 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Marvin Prochet is averaging 16.5 points and 7.3 rebounds while James Towns is averaging 11.3 points and 3.9 assists. Dominic Robb is the third double-digit scorer and Keleaf Tate is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The Niagara Purple Eagles are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 73.9 percent from the free throw line. The Niagara Purple Eagles are allowing 38.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.6 rebounds per game. The Niagara Purple Eagles have lost five of their last six road games.

The Rider Broncs also need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Rider Broncs are averaging 75.9 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 74.6 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Frederick Scott is averaging 12.5 points and 5.6 rebounds while Stevie Jordan is averaging 12.1 points and 4.2 assists. Dimencio Vaughn is the third double-digit scorer and Tyere Marshall is grabbing 6.8 rebounds. The Rider Broncs are shooting 33.1 percent from beyond the arc and 62.1 percent from the free throw line. The Rider Broncs are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.2 rebounds per game. The Rider Broncs have won five of their last seven home games.

The Purple Eagles are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win. The Broncs are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games, 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 vs. Metro Atlantic Athletic and 7-21-1 ATS in their last 29 games overall. The Purple Eagles are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the road team is 12-4 ATS in the last 16 meetings. The over is 5-1-1 in Broncs last 7 overall. The under is 5-2 in Purple Eagles last 7 overall.

Neither of these teams are playing good basketball at the moment, so I'm not trying to get behind either of these clubs. The Niagara Purple Eagles are obviously in worse shape if you want to compare the two teams, but that doesn't mean I'm willing to lay a big number with Rider. The Rider Broncs are just 5-14 ATS this season as a favorite, 7-19-1 ATS on the season and just 2-8 ATS at home. If you're forcing me to play this game, I'm taking Niagara and the points, just because I'm not laying a big number with a Rider team that can't cover numbers in any shape or form. However, don't bet this game. 

Pick:
Niagara +9.5

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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