It will be a battle between MAAC opponents when the Rider Broncs (9-8, 3-4 MAAC) welcome the Saint Peter’s Peacocks (6-9, 3-3 MAAC) to Alumni Gymnasium. The game is scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, January 24, 2020.
Saint Peter’s Peacocks vs. Rider Broncs Free Prediction
The Peacocks will be looking for similar success after dismantling the Quinnipiac Bobcats in their last contest, 71-51. Saint Peter’s’ effective field goal percentage was their largest advantage over Quinnipiac. The Peacocks had a rate of 0.408 (below their season average of 0.451), while the Bobcats posted a mark of 0.220 (below their season average of 0.520). Saint Peter’s was lifted by Hassan Drame, who was the top scorer from either team with 17 points on 8-for-14 shooting.
In the Broncs’ previous matchup, they were beaten by the Canisius Golden Griffins, 95-86. Canisius’ 0.680 effective field goal percentage was their largest advantage over Rider, who had a mark of 0.542. The Golden Griffins’ mark was above their season average of 0.489. Rider’s Tyere Marshall had a good game, leading both teams in scoring with 31 points on 12-for-16 shooting.
The physical Rider offense could be getting to the free throw line a lot in this showdown. The Broncs currently rank 43rd in the NCAA with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.271, while Saint Peter’s ranks 330th in FTA rate allowed (0.308). Moreover, the Peacocks, who rank 10th in offensive rebounding percentage (37.2 percent), will face a difficult test against the Broncs, who rank 12th in defensive rebounding percentage (77.6 percent).
After the Broncs won both meetings against the Peacocks last season, this will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. In the most recent game, Rider won 71-65. The Broncs had a much better turnover percentage (13.0 vs. 19.8) and had a better offensive rebounding percentage (33.3 vs. 31.0).
Saint Peter’s Peacocks at Rider Broncs ATS Pick
Prediction: ATS Winner – Saint Peter’s, O/U – Under
Saint Peter’s ranks 57th in three pointers allowed per game (19.5) while Rider ranks 258th (26.3).
The Peacocks rank 44th in blocks per game (4.4) while the Broncs rank 164th (2.4).
Rider ranks 128th in assists per game (13.2) while Saint Peter’s ranks 237th (10.3).
The Broncs rank 36th in rebounds per game (39.6) while the Peacocks rank 101st in rebounds allowed per game (34.2).
Saint Peter’s ranks 55th in steals per game (7.9) while Rider ranks 118th in steals allowed per game (6.6).
The Peacocks have outscored opponents by an average of 5.8 points in their last five games. For the season, Saint Peter’s has been defeated by an average of 0.5 points.
During their last five games, the Broncs have scored an average of 70.0 points per game (3.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 73.2 points per game (0.6 above their season average).