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#847 Rider -1.5 vs.
#848 Canisius 145
Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 2:00pm EST
Written by Blake V.

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#847 Rider University
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Canisius will be looking to add to a two-game winning streak when it hosts Rider on Sunday afternoon. Rider enters the game with a 9-7 record, but is coming off a Friday night road loss to Niagara. Canisius holds a 7-10 record and has picked up victories against St. Peter’s and Siena in its last two outings.

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Rider on losing skid

Rider has now lost three of its last four games after winning six of its previous eight contests. The Broncs’ poor stretch of results started with an 80-61 blowout loss on the road against Quinnipiac. They followed that game up with a narrow 69-66 defeat against Iona at home. The lone win in the recent stretch of games was a 69-52 win on the road against Marist. Rider was not able to build on that performance, though, falling by two points to Niagara on Friday night.

The Broncs are led by a balanced lineup that has four players scoring in double figures. Junior wing Dimencio Vaughn leads the way with 14.3 points per game and 6.9 rebounds per game. He is the best outside shooter on the team, knocking down 19 of 44 from beyond the arc. Junior forward Frederick Scott is scoring 13.2 points per game and is pulling down 6.4 rebounds per contest. He is also an excellent 3-point shooter, connecting on 20 of 51 from beyond the arc. Senior center Tyere Marshall is adding 12.9 points per game to go along with a team-high 8.4 rebounds per game. Senior guard Stevie Jordan is contributing 12.7 points per game and 4.0 assists per outing.

Canisius coming off pair of wins

Canisius is attempting to move up in the conference standings after poor play in late December and early January. The Golden Griffins lost six games in a row during that time period, falling to Buffalo, Siena, Pittsburgh, Manhattan, Fairfield and Monmouth. Since then, they have picked up a pair of wins. The first victory came in a 72-68 decision on the road against St. Peter’s last Sunday. They followed that game up with a 73-63 triumph at home against Siena on Friday night.

The Golden Griffins are led by senior guard Malik Johnson, who is scoring 13.4 points per game and is dishing out a team-high 5.6 assists per game. Johnson has a knack for finding rebounds from his guard position, pulling down 6.1 boards per contest. He leads the team in points, assists and rebounds. Junior guard Majesty Brandon is scoring 12.7 points per game and leads the team in made 3-pointers. He has knocked down 26 of 89 from beyond the arc. Junior forward Scott Hitchon is the only other player in double figures, scoring 10.7 points per game.

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Canisius appears to be on the up-tick right now, as the Golden Griffins have been playing much better in their last two games. Now, a more confident team gets to host an important match-up against a struggling Rider team. The Broncs have only covered the spread twice in their last eight games. Canisius has covered in each of its last two outings and has a top-heavy lineup that can hang with Rider’s balanced approach. I think Canisius will stretch its winning streak to three games on Sunday afternoon.

Prediction: Canisius +1

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I am taking the over in this game. Canisius has been much better on the offensive end of the floor lately, with five of its last seven games going over the total. These teams tend to get into shootouts, with four of the last five head-to-head meetings going over the number. The Golden Griffins love to push the ball up the court, coming in at No. 50 in KenPom’s adjusted tempo ratings. Rider will gladly join in the fast-paced affair, as the Broncs are No. 67 in tempo. Sunday’s game should be an exciting contest that goes over the total.

Prediction: Over 145
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Written By Blake V.

Blake is a lifelong sports fan and hoops junkie. Prior to joining our team at Winners & Whiners and StatSalt, Blake worked for several newspapers and websites. He enjoys combining his beat writing expertise with the knack for finding the winning edge in a matchup. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.