Rider vs. Florida A&M
WHERE: Moon Palace Resort Convention Center, Cancun, Mexico
ON THE AIR: Radio: 107.7, www.gobroncs.com (Daryl Fein, Steve Rudenstein)
RECORDS: Rider is 2-2-; Florida A&M is 0-4
SERIES: First meeting
SCOUTING RIDER: After winning their first two games by a combined 29 points, the Broncs have lost their last two — at Virginia and Kentucky — by a combined 62, taking them out of the national spotlight, and as coach Tommy Dempsey put it, bursting the bubble they had built after upsetting Mississippi State.
Ryan Thompson, averaging a team-best 15 points, still hasn’t had a breakout game offensively. Novar Gadson (14.5 points, 6.5 rebounds) has been just as effective offensively. The 6-foot-7 sophomore had 14 points at Kentucky after being held to just three at Virginia. Mike Ringgold (11.8 points, 6.3 rebounds) scored 12 points at Kentucky after being held to a combined 14 against Lehigh and Virginia. Justin Robinson (10.5 points, 7-for-12 3-point shooting) will start alongside Thompson in the backcourt. Brandon Penn (4.3 points, three rebounds) is expected to start up front along with Ringgold and Gadson.
SCOUTING FLORIDA A&M: The Rattlers, led by 6-3 senior guard Brandon Bryant, have been outscored by an average of 25 points per game. Their closest loss was a 78-64 setback at Cleveland State last Thursday.
Bryant (9.8 points, 8-for-18 3-point shooting) scored 14 points in a 100-59 loss to Georgia Tech in the Rattlgers’ opener, but hasn’t scored more than 10 points in a game since. Six-eight sophomore Yannick Crowder (Nine points, team-best 6.3 rebounds) is FAMU’s best inside player. He scored a season-best 14 points Saturday in a 99-69 loss at Stanford. Six-six junior Christopher Walker (nine points, 5.8 rebounds) can score from inside and out, as can 6-6 junior Larry Jackson (seven, 5.3). Six-one junior Rasheem Jenkins (5.8 points) is averaging a team-best 2.3 assists:
SIDELINES: Rider will play either Oral Roberts or Sam Houston State tomorrow in the road teams’ bracket of the Cancun Challenge. The home teams’ bracket consists of Kentucky, Virginia, Stanford and Cleveland State. ... FAMU coach Eugene Harris, in his third season, is 25-42.