2007-2008 Rider Broncs College Basketball Betting Lines

College basketball betting line odds will definitely be impacted by preseason player of the year Jason Thompson.

He averaged 20.1 points per game according to basketball betting stats. College basketball betting lines experts see that Thompson is joined by his younger brother Ryan who averaged 8.3 points per game according to basketball betting stats.  The other starters will likely be 6-3 juniors Harris Mansell (12.4 points per game according to college basketball betting lines stats), Lamar Johnson (6.5 points per game according to college basketball betting lines stats) and 6-8 senior Joel Green (3.6 points per game according to basketball betting stats).

Head coach Tommy Dempsey expects that Rider will compete for the top of the MAAC this season.  “The expectation as a group is to go to the NCAA tournament.  That is certainly our number one goal and I don’t think it is a crazy goal.  If we come together as a team, work hard and stay healthy, this should be a team that can contend in the MAAC”, he said.  Most college basketball betting lines experts see that how far Rider goes depends upon Thompson.  He is the only player in Division I who is coming off a 20 point, 10 rebound per game season.  Harris Mansell started 30 games last season and led the MAAC in three-point field goal percentage according to college basketball betting lines experts.  Mansell was third on the team in scoring, third in rebounding and third in assists last year according to college basketball betting lines stats.  Johnson started the final 13 games of last season and now has 25 career starts according to college basketball betting stats.  Johnson averaged 10.8 points per 40 minutes played last season according to college basketball betting lines stats.  Ryan Thompson started 23 games as rookie, including the final five of the season and ranked in the top 15 in the MAAC in assists, rebounds and steals according to college basketball betting line stats.

Other key returnees include seniors Joel Green, Kam Warner and Kevin Hickman, junior Kevin Vosilla, and sophomore Robbie Myers.  Green made 12 starts in his first season according to college basketball betting lines stats.  Green ranked 12th in the MAAC in blocked shots according to basketball betting lines stats last season.  Hickman is a team captain for the second year in a row and was also a member of the MAAC All-Academic team last year. The newcomers include red-shirt freshman Patrick Mansell and rookies Justin Robinson, Mike Ringgold and Matt Griffin. After improving more than any other MAAC team last year many college basketball betting lines experts see more improvement this year.