Broncs face UAlbany in BracketBuster
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: