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Friday, June 4, 2010

Rider's non-conference schedule set

Rider's non-conference schedule, pieces of which have been firmly in place for more than a month, is now complete.

In addition to a season-opening trip to UMass, dates with USC and Pitt, two games as part of the Springfield tip-off tournament and a return game against Hofstra, the Broncs will play Lafayette, Monmouth, Drexel, La Salle, UMBC and Howard. The Lafayette, Monmouth and UMBC games are at home.

The Broncs will not play Rutgers. They won't play Princeton, either, though the two teams' staffs had talked earlier in the off-season about renewing their all-Mercer-County series.

The schedule is shorter than last year's on splashy names but longer on winnable games. Coach Tommy Dempsey said he thinks it has another star appeal while likely preventing early-season losses from piling up.

"Some quality opponents, some teams that have been traditionally strong in their leagues," he said, "and hopefully it gives us a mix of some games that we feel like we have a chance to put together a winning record in our non-league games.

"What you really stride for is a mix. You want to play a schedule that's really attractive to your fanbase and recruits, but you don't want to have a schedule that sets you up for failure. This fits."

The schedule, in chronological order:

at UMass
Lafayette
at USC
at Springfield tip-off tournament (two games)
Monmouth
Hofstra
at Pitt
UMBC
at Drexel
at La Salle
at Howard
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4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

howard, lafayette, umbc? really?

June 5, 2010 at 6:43 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"we feel like we have a chance to put together a winning record in our non-league games.." sure looks that way.

June 6, 2010 at 9:12 AM 
Blogger Bryan Y. said...

I don't mind that they're playing a few bad teams, because that's balanced out by Pitt, USC, and Umass and Lasalle will both have good rpi's since they play in the A-10. Hofstra also should be the preseason favorite in the CAA.

June 6, 2010 at 5:38 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a solid schedule, maybe a small step back from last year but it's not weak by any stretch.

June 9, 2010 at 11:09 AM 

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