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Monday, January 30, 2012

Broncs face UAlbany in BracketBuster

The Rider men’s basketball team will face the University of Albany in its BracketBuster matchup.

The game is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. at Albany’s SEFCU Arena.

“Facing Albany will be a real test for us,” said coach Tommy Dempsey. “We look forward to the challenge.”

The Great Danes (14-9, 6-3 America East) are a perfect 8-0 at home this year. They are in fourth place in the nine-team America East.

Rider (9-14, 6-5 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) has won three in a row and are in fifth place in the MAAC.

This will be the first meeting between the schools.

Albany is led by junior guard Gerardo Suero, who averages 21.1 points per game. Classmate Logan Aronhalt (15.3 ppg) and sophomore Mike Black (13.3 ppg) also score in double figures.

The Great Danes do not have a senior on the roster.

This is the third America East opponent this season for the Broncs. They beat UMBC in overtime and lost to Stony Brook by 17.

Rider is 8-4 since opening the season 1-10 — its worst start in 68 years.

The Broncs have won three of their last four BracketBusters, defeating Delaware last season, UMBC (2009) and Cal Sate Northridge (2008). They lost to Hofstra in 2010.

Other MAAC matchups include Iona (17-5, 9-2) hosting Nevada (18-3, 7-0 WAC), who has won 15 in a row. The game will be televised by ESPN or ESPN2 at 4 p.m. on Saturday Feb. 18. The Gaels and coach Tim Cluess agreed to a multi-year contract extension Monday that will keep him in New Rochelle through the 2017 season.

Loyola (16-5, 9-2) hosts Boston University (11-12, 7-2 American East), Fairfield (11-10, 6-4) travels to Wisconsin-Milwaukee (14-9, 7-4 Horizon), Manhattan (16-7, 9-2) welcomes UNC-Wilmington (8-13, 4-7 Colonial Athletic), Siena (10-11, 5-6) treks to Hofstra (7-6, 1-10 Colonial Athletic), Canisius (4-17, 1-10) entertains UMBC (3-17, 2-6 America East), Marist (7-14, 2-8) heads to Maine (10-10, 4-5 America East), Niagara (9-14, 4-7) opens its doors to Vermont (13-10, 7-2 American East) and St. Peter’s (4-18, 3-7) tangles with Hartford (4-17, 4-5 America East) in Jersey City.

More analysis on MAAC matchups to come later:

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't get why the Maac is paired up with a lesser conference like the Am East. There are nine other conferences between the Maac at 19 and the AE at 28. Stoney brook is no where near Iona in RPI. Even the Patriot league would be more interesting.

January 30, 2012 at 10:49 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry just remembered Iona has Nevada. Assumption on my part. But this still applies to Loyola and BU. not very close.

January 30, 2012 at 11:00 PM 
Blogger Kyle Franko said...

I think the reason a lot of them are paired with the America East is because the schools are relatively close geographically. The Patriot League and NEC aren't participating in BracketBusters this year. Rider would have much preferred a trip to say Lehigh, Lafayette or LIU-Brooklyn opposed to going to Albany.

January 31, 2012 at 10:53 AM 

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