The MAAC operates like many power conference in the way that a lot of teams play one or two conferences games before conference games get going in force, which sets the stage for fascinating game on Friday with the Rider Broncos going on the road to face the Quinnipiac Bobcats.
Rider Broncos vs. Quinnipiac Bobcats (-3.5, 148.5)
The biggest weakness on either side in this game is Rider’s 3-point shooting with the team 352nd in the country in 3-point shooting percentage at 25.9% and are overall 301st in points scored on a per possession basis.
Rider’s attempt to offset the cold outside shooting is by getting offensive rebounds for second chances, ranking 52nd in the country in offensive rebound rate, but have failed to convert those second chances as well, ranking 337th in 2-point shooting percentage and 342nd in overall field goal shooting percentage.
While the Bobcats had some early season hiccups on defense, the team has figured it out on that side of the floor since Thanksgiving, allowing fewer than 70 points in five of their last seven games, surrendering 8.8 points per 100 possessions fewer in this stretch than in their first four games against Division I competition this season.
Overall for the season, Quinnipiac entered Thursday 182nd in the country in points allowed on a per possession basis while Rider is 270th in this department with the team’s over-aggression being an issue.
Rider is 342nd in the country in opponent free throw attempts per offensive play and are facing a Quinnipiac team that is 16th in America in free throw shooting percentage at 78%.
With Quinnipiac’s free throw shooting percentage jumping to 82.4% at home and Rider entering Friday’s clash having surrendered at least 77 points in five of their last six games, the Bobcats will make a statement on their home floor on Friday.
The Play: Quinnipiac -3.5