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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Hawks underdogs vs Broncs at Monmouth

Rider BroncsMonmouth Hawks
2-4December 05, 2013, 07:00 | Multipurpose Activity Center3-4

The Monmouth Hawks will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Rider Broncs at Multipurpose Activity Center on Thursday in NCAA hoops play.

The Hawks currently sports a 3-4 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 3-2 ATS. The Broncs are 2-4 and 1-2 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Hawks produce a 1-4 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Broncs have gone 3-0 against the number.

View Rider Broncs vs Monmouth Hawks Odds and Stats.

College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Monmouth Hawks as 1.5-point underdogs in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.

This game matches up the No. 323 (Hawks) and the No. 146 (Broncs) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

Last time out for Rider, they were an 87-70 loser as they battled North Dakota State at home. They failed to cover in the match as an 8.5-point underdog. The Bison got 23 points from Mike Felt as North Dakota State ran past Rider 87-70 on Saturday at Bison Sports Arena.

Monmouth was a 76-61 winner in their most recent outing at home against North Carolina A&T. The Hawks got a terrific 27-point effort from Deon Jones as Monmouth defeated North Carolina A&T 76-61 on Saturday at Multipurpose Activity Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Monmouth has the nation's No. 199-rated offensive output, at 70 PPG. The visiting Broncs defense ranks No. 248 allowing on average 82.67 PPG. The Hawks FG% has averaged 39.51% so far, less than the Broncs marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.95% per game.

A few Broncs at Hawks trends to consider:
Rider is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
Rider is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Monmouth
Rider is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Monmouth
Monmouth is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games
Monmouth is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games at home
Monmouth is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Rider
Monmouth is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Rider

Next up:
Rider home to Quinnipiac, Sunday, December 8th
Monmouth at Manhattan, Sunday, December 8th