Rider Broncs vs Marist Red Foxes - NCAA Basketball

Rider Broncs

Joe Catalano

Friday, January 6, 2017 6:36 PM GMT

The Rider Broncs have had a decent amount of success this season for a MAAC Conference basketball squad. Tonight the Broncs are a mere 2 point betting favorite against Marist in a conference in which anything can happen. Is Rider the great value that they appear to be due to their success?

Rider Broncs (8-5) vs Marist Red Foxes (5-10) Home Team Gets Respect

This is always the case in the MAAC Conference as odds makers look past a team's record and usually favor the home squad. They did this yesterday as Fairfield was an underdog but the far superior squad and we capitalized. Rider is the better basketball team here. Home court advantage is the only reason why Marist is the favorite as they've already reached double-digits in losses.

Marist has had a rather tough schedule with losses to Duke and Rhode Island to open up the season. The Red Foxes quickly recovered, but have lost 6 out of their last 7 games with their only win coming in their last game in a 90-88 thriller over the Manhattan Jaspers.

Marist will look to build upon that win and they'll do it behind the offense of leading scorer, Khallid Hart. Hart doesn't have the overall game that teammate Brian Parker (13.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists) possesses, but when Marist need's a timely hoop, Hart is the go-to guy. He's coming off of a 21 point effort in the overtime win over Manhattan in which he shot very well. This is a player that averaged over 20 points per game last season and will definitely command respect from the Broncs defense.

 Wins Are Difficult To Come By in the MAAC

This appears to be the case as Rider is also coming off of an overtime victory. The Broncs defeated Monmouth 93-90 in overtime and this game snapped a two-game losing streak. I wouldn't be alarmed about Rider's lack of success recently as they faced a tough N.C. State Wolfpack team and the Broncs have been competitive all season long.

While we expect them to cover the spread in tonight's matchup, the bettor certainly won't get cheated as the only way that this game is a blowout is if it's in Rider's favor.

The one thing that I really like in this game regarding Rider is their ability to control the glass. They're averaging 42 rebounds per game and rebounding is a definite weakness regarding Marist.

Rider possess quality starters as Kahlil Thomas (13.1 points, 9.5 rebounds) leading the way but the bench is paper thin. Once you get past Norville Carey's contributions (10.3 points, 7.4 rebounds), there's basically nothing there. In this game, I don't think that lack of depth will hurt the Broncs as they possess quality players at each starting position and as I just stated, the battle of the boards is one-sided in favor of Rider.

The Broncs are the pick here as they're the better basketball team and the odds are appealing

 

Free NCAAB Pick: Rider Broncs -2Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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