MAAC foes will collide when the Rider Broncs (11-8, 5-4 MAAC) take on the Fairfield Stags (8-11, 4-4 MAAC) at Alumni Gymnasium. Action starts at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, January 31, 2020.
Fairfield Stags vs. Rider Broncs Odds Preview
The Stags were victorious over the Canisius Golden Griffins in their last matchup, 63-55. Jesus Cruz was the game’s leading scorer with 21 points on 4-for-14 shooting. The Stags made 19 of their 21 free throws (90.5 percent) and had an offensive rebounding percentage of 45.5 (above their season average of 29.3).
In the Broncs’ last game, they beat the Manhattan Jaspers, 67-63. With 25 points on 8-for-16 shooting, Frederick Scott was the game’s leading scorer. Rider played a nearly flawless game. They had a great free throw rate of 0.300 (above their season average of 0.277) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 43.2 (above their season average of 31.7). Manhattan put up marks of 0.241 and 37.5, respectively, for those same stats.
It will be a battle of opposite tempos as the fast-breaking Broncs will look to push the more methodical Stags. The Broncs rank 90th in possessions per game while the Stags are 334th.
This is the first time these teams will clash this year, after the Broncs won the lone contest last season, 83-82. The Broncs dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.221 and a turnover percentage of 11.2. The Stags were 0.089 and 24.9, respectively, for those same stats.
Fairfield Stags vs. Rider Broncs Prediction
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Rider, ATS Winner – Rider, O/U – Over
Fairfield ranks 109th in three pointers allowed per game (21.1) while Rider ranks 260th (26.3).
The Broncs rank 50th in rebounds per game (38.9) while the Stags rank 183rd (34.8).
Rider ranks 131st in assists per game (13.3) while Fairfield ranks 259th (9.8).
The Broncs’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 2.8, up from 1.1 for the season.
During their last five games, the Stags have scored an average of 63.2 points per game (2.0 above their season average) and allowed an average of 62.2 points per game (1.3 below their season average).