MAAC Tournament - College Basketball Matchup - Rider Broncs Fairfield Stags Odds Preview
Fairfield Stags vs Rider Broncs Odds
The Rider Broncs host Fairfield on Saturday, looking to build on their 18-13 mark against the 18-14 Stags in college hoops action at MassMutual Center.
This is a conference playoff game in the MAAC Tournament. This matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at MassMutual Center.
The Broncs currently sports a 18-13 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 18-11 ATS. The Stags are 18-14 and 11-18-2 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Broncs produce a 7-18 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Stags have gone 10-16 against the number.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Broncs rated this week at No. 138 and the Stags sitting at No. 191. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction modelling that produced a 65-63 result in favor of the Stags.
How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Rider's No. 249-ranked scoring average of 64.7 PPG, against a Stags defense rated No. 26 and allowing 59.2 PPG. The Broncs FG% has averaged 43.9% to date this season, more than the Stags shooters have managed so far (42.7% per game).
Defensively, Fairfield features the nation's No. 19-rated defense on the road, allowing 60.9 points per game. Rider, meanwhile, comes in at No. 317 nationally in scoring at home.
Fairfield was a 54-47 winner in their most recent outing at home against Saint Peter's. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as favorites. The Stags grabbed a 54-47 win over the Peacocks on Friday, behind a 24-point effort from Derek Needham at MassMutual Center.
Rider was a 65-61 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Canisius. They covered the 7-point spread as underdogs. Rider got 12 points from Junior Fortunat en route to a 65-61 victory over Canisius on Saturday at Koessler Center.