XAVIER MUSKETEERS VS. RIDER BRONCS
RANKINGS: Xavier (#17 AP, USA TODAY, #21 KenPom) | Rider (#246 KenPom)
RECORDS: Xavier (1-0) | Rider (1-0)
TIME: 8:30 p.m. ET
TV CHANNEL: FS1 (Vince Welch, Jordan Cornette)
WATCH ONLINE: FOX Sports GO
SPREAD: Xavier opened at 24.5, but the line is down to 23.
RECORDS ATS: Xavier (1-0) | Rider (0-0)
This is the first time Xavier and Rider have ever played each other!
Rider went a respectable 18-15 last season, but lost their four of their leading scorers to graduation.
The Broncs won their season opener against Hampton, 90-75. Former DePaul Blue Demon Fred Scott had a double-double, scoring 15 points and hauling in 14 rebounds. Jordan Allen led Rider with 21 points, and preseason third team all-MAAC Stevie Jordan had 17.
In short, this Rider team isn’t devoid of talent, by any means. They just don’t have enough on the roster to hang with a top 15 team in the nation. Expect a relatively similar result to the Morehead State game for Xavier. Maybe not to the extreme blowout length, but a blowout nonetheless.