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Canisius at Rider 2/17/17 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions

Posted on 15 February 2017 by Jim
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Canisius Golden Griffins vs. Rider Broncs

NCAAB: 7:00 PM EST

Feb. 17, 2017

TV: ESPN3
Latest Odds : CAN -2.5 Total 160


Canisius has won three of four after knocking off Iona 89-83 in its last outing to improve to 9-7 in the MAAC and fourth place in the standings. They travel to Rider, which has lost three of four, including a 69-67 decision at Fairfield last time out.

Kassius Robertson scores 17 points per game for the Golden Griffins as does Jermaine Crumpton, who also pulls down five boards, pacing an offense that produces 80.6 ppg (35th). Phil Valenti contributes 13.6 ppg and 5.8 rpg while Kiefer Douse chips in 10 points and nine boards. The Golden Griffins sink 38.4 percent of 3-pointers and 51.2 percent of 2-pointers, and are 69th in offensive efficiency.

Canisius has struggled on the defensive end, though. It allows 79.5 ppg (320th) and is 296th in defensive efficiency. Opponents have made 55 percent of 2-pointers and terrorized the Golden Griffins on the board.

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Rider relies on Jimmie Taylor to pace the attack. He averages 14.3 ppg. Kahlil Thomas contributes 13.3 ppg and 9.0 rpg while Stevie Jordan contributes 11.5 ppg. Xavier Lundy adds 10.9 ppg and 4.1 rpg for fifth-year coach Kevin Baggett.

The Broncs are trying to break out of a logjam in the middle-of the pack in the MAAC. They need better offensive production, ranking 270th in efficiency and 177th in scoring (73.6 ppg). Shooting has been troublesome - 32.3 percent on 3s and 47.3 percent on 2s. Rider allows 74.4 ppg (233rd) and is 162nd in the nation in defensive efficiency.

Recent Betting Trends:

Golden Griffins are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win.

Broncs are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Metro Atlantic Athletic.

Over is 9-2-1 in Golden Griffins last 12 road games.

Over is 6-1 in Broncs last 7 home games.

Free Betting Pick: Rider Broncs +2.5

First head to head match-up was outright road upset by this Rider team winning 72-66 and we think Broncs repeat feat at home tonight. Final Score Prediction, Rider Broncs win and cover ATS 73-69.

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