Monmouth At Rider: NCAA Picks For Monday, February 6

Joe Catalano

Monday, February 6, 2017 6:26 PM UTC

Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 6:26 PM UTC

In the MAAC, any team can beat any squad from worst to first. That said, there's no denying that the Monmouth Hawks at 19-5 have had major success all season and a pending matchup tonight against Rider appears to be a forgone conclusion in favor of Monmouth, which is on a nine-game winning streak. 

Monmouth Hawks (19-5) At Rider Broncs (13-11)

As stated earlier, the MAAC can come up with surprising results and one of those surprising results was a Rider 93-90 victory over Monmouth earlier in the season. Recently, Rider has been slumping mightily, losing 6 out of its last 8 games. The revenge factor will definitely play a role in this game as Monmouth is a significant favorite on the road.

For the Hawks, 5-foot-8, 175-pound Justin Robinson proves that great things come in small packages as he's been a consistent offensive force all season. While his shooting percentage of 39.8% from the field leaves a lot to be desired, he's the type of player who hits timely buckets and is a consistent producer.

Monmouth had a tough time in its last game against St. Peter's. They Hawks outlasted the Peacocks in overtime 71-70. Robinson came up big with 29 points and four 3-pointers to lead the way in a game in which both teams struggled from the field. It might not be pretty, but Robinson has scored 20 points or more in each of his last 7 games. Look for him to make it 8 as Monmouth seeks to avenge its early season loss to Rider.

Where Rider is concerned, the Broncs carry a short bench and will need a strong effort from senior forward Kahlil Thomas (13.5 points, 9.1 rebounds). Rider will need to control the boards and slow down the pace of this game. Rider usually benefits in low-scoring games and Thomas must play well here for that to happen. While 9 point seems to be a lot in a MAAC Conference game, Monmouth has a ton of momentum and the revenge factor in their favor.

NCAAB Free Pick: Monmouth -9Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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