CBB: Rider vs Arizona State Preview and Pick
College basketball season is here–and as we have done for the last few years, MFST will be previewing and predicting the winners of all of the games each day. We pride ourselves on our love for the mid-majors, so you can count on us for all of your game previews and analysis. This year, we will be keeping track on our picks against the spread–the last two years we have had better than a 50% pick-rate ATS. Let’s make the 2019-20 season the most profitable yet…
Rider vs Arizona State Preview
In the first-ever meeting between these two programs the Rider Broncs (2-0) travel to Tempe, AZ to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils (1-1) on Sunday.
Rider has opened the 2019-20 with a pair of victories over Coppin State and Delaware State–the program has not started 3-0 since 1971-72. The squad was picked to finish second in the MAAC after finishing tied for second in the regular season standings a year ago. The Broncs return four starters: Tyrer Marshall, Frederick Scott and Dimencio Vaughn are all on pace to score their 1,000th point, and would join senior Stevie Jordan as the 38th, 39th and 40th Broncs to score 1,000 career points. Jordan also projects to be the Broncs’ all-time leader in assists and steals by season’s end. He currently has 482 career assists, good for fourth all-time. Deon Hames ’96 is the Broncs’ current all-time assists leader with 598. Meanwhile, Jordan currently has 151 steals, with Ryan Thompson ’10 currently leading all Broncs with 188 career steals.
After averaging 17.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in both road wins, Frederick Scott was named MAAC Player of the Week. He will be the X-Factor for the Broncs if they hope to upset the Sun Devils.
Arizona State is coming off a dominating victory after returning from China where they lost their season-opener against Pac-12 rival Colorado. The Sun Devils collected 46 rebounds on the way to a 90-49 rout of the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils (0-3) in their first game state-side behind 23 points from Rob Edwards.
The 49 points by Central Connecticut was the fewest given up by ASU in the Bobby Hurley era and the fewest given up in ASU’s past 148 games, dating to a 79-44 win at California on Jan. 22, 2015. ASU had 14 steals, its second-most in the past decade.
“I think we are a bit of a work in progress, that would be my best call here after tonight,” Hurley said after the win. “Some bright spots, some things to be pleased about, and some others that we have to improve and get better.”
Through two games, Edwards leads the Sun Devils at 21.5 points per game, including 9-of-15 shooting from long range. Remy Martin is close behind at 18.5 points per game.
LINE: Arizona State -11
Score Prediction: Arizona State 76 Rider 73
Dan’s Bet: Rider +11