SCOUTING RIDER: The Broncs, winners of six of their last nine in the MAAC, need a win to keep their postseason hopes alive. Ryan Thompson averaged 22.8 points over his last nine games and 16.9 for the year. He carried Rider past Saint Peter’s in the MAAC tournament last year and may have to do the same this year. … Novar Gadson (11.4 points, 7.4 rebounds) has reached double figures in nine of his last 10 games despite lingering ankle pain. … Mike Ringgold (10.8 points, 6.8 rebounds) had a quiet February but remains a threat. … Brandon Penn (4.2 points) has provided a spark from the perimeter since entering the starting lineup. … Jhamar Youngblood (7.1 points) will likely be the first guard off the bench, while freshman Dera Nd-Ezuma has been increasingly useful as a backup post player.
SCOUTING SAINT PETER’S: The Peacocks, seeking their first MAAC tournament win in coach John Dunne’s four-year tenure, have a balanced attack led by junior guards Wesley Jenkins (14.1 points) and Nick Leon (13.3), both third-team all-MAAC selections. In the Peacocks’ 77-66 win Jan. 15 at Rider, Jekins scored 28 points. … Ryan Bacon, an athletic 6-7 junior averaging 10.1 points and nine rebounds, had a combined 31 points and 19 rebounds in two regular-season games against Rider. … Jeron Belin, a 6-6 junior who comes off the bench, had 17 points and seven rebounds at Rider on Jan. 15. … Darius Conley, a redshirt freshman averaging 6.3 points and five rebounds, is also a presence in the low post, though he’s gone three straight games without scoring. … Freshman Yvon Raymond, a 6-3 guard averaging 3.7 points, can attack the rim but hasn’t attempted a single 3-pointer.