Rider vs George Washington Preview and Prediction
Rider vs George Washington Preview
The Rider Broncs (2-1) will travel to Charles E. Smith Center to meet the George Washington Colonials (2-1) on Monday evening.
Get to know Rider
Rider comes in after beating down Hartford 89-53 in their previous game. Their lone loss of the season came against 15th-ranked Villanova 101-75.
The Broncs feature an up-and-coming backcourt with freshman guard Jordan Allen, who leads the team in scoring (17 points per game) and sophomore Stevie Jordan who does it all for the Broncs. Jordan, averages 16.7 points, 6 rebounds and 7.7 assists per night.
In the game against Hartford, Stevie Jordan sparked a 24-1 second half run and ended the game with 19 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, 1 block, and a steal. Talk about stuffing the stat sheet.
The Broncs live and die by the three and are averaging nearly ten threes per game–if they can continue to be successful from behind the arc, they have a clear advantage in this game.
Defensively is where the Broncs have struggled–they are allowing their opponents to average 76.3 ppg on 42.1% shooting from the field, numbers that will need to decrease in order to have a successful season.
Get to know George Washington
George Washington improved to 2-1 on the season after defeating the Hampton Pirates, 65-57, this past Saturday. The Colonials have three players who average double figures, led by sophomore guard Jair Bolden who averages 16 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per night.
Senior forward Yuta Watanabe could be the difference maker in this matchup for the Colonials. At 6’9 he is a force down low and puts up 12.7 points and 8 rebounds per game. The Broncs don’t have a big man near his skill set to be able to slow him down.
George Washington is in rebuilding mode this season and although they’ve picked up two wins on the season, the offense has struggled as they ranked just 182nd in FG% and T-309th in 3P-FG%.
On the defensive end is how the Colonials can win this game–they held Hampton to 39.0% shooting from the field and 16.7% (2-12) from beyond the arc in their previous contest, their best defensive showing of the young season. If they can limit the Broncs three-point success rate, George Washington should sneak out with the victory.
Both teams rely on their guards to control their offense, but George Washington has the better big man in Watanabe and I think he will be the difference maker. If the GW can put the clamp on Rider from behind the arc, it will severely limit the Broncs scoring opportunities and they should win outright and cover the -5 points.
George Washington 82 Rider 71