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College basketball point spread favors Red Foxes in battle with Broncs

Rider BroncsMarist Red Foxes
8-7January 18, 2014, 07:00 | McCann Field House5-11

The Marist Red Foxes will try to cover the spread at McCann Field House on Saturday when they get a visit from the Rider Broncs in NCAA basketball action.

The Red Foxes sit at 5-11 (7-7 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Broncs are currently 8-7 (5-6 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Marist is 4-9 OU, and Rider is 10-1 OU.

View Rider Broncs vs Marist Red Foxes Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Marist sat as -1.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

This game puts the Red Foxes, most recently No. 141 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Broncs, who rate No. 168 in the latest survey.

Rider was a 77-69 loser in their most recent outing at home against Saint Peter's. They failed to cover the 7-point spread as favorites. Rider got 28 points from Daniel Stewart on the way to a 77-69 loss against Saint Peter's on Thursday at Alumni Gymnasium.

Marist was an 86-79 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Manhattan. They covered the 13-point spread as underdogs. Chavaughn Lewis went off for 25 points and added 5 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Manhattan handed Marist an 86-79 defeat at Draddy Gymnasium.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Marist's No. 245-ranked offense, averaging 63.56 PPG, against a Broncs defense that ranks No. 250 at 80.31 PPG. The Red Foxes field goal percentage has averaged 39.13% so far, less than the Broncs marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.11% per game.

A few Broncs at Red Foxes trends to consider:
Rider is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Rider's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Rider's last 6 games on the road
Rider is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games when playing Marist
Marist is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Marist is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Marist is 5-12 SU in its last 17 games
Marist is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Rider at Manhattan, Friday, January 24th
Marist at Saint Peter's, Monday, January 20th