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Monday, February 4, 2013

Rider to host Charleston Southern in BracketBuster

Rider will host Charleston Southern in its Ramada Worldwide BracketBuster game on Saturday, Feb. 23.

The Buccaneers, out of the Big South, are 12-7 overall and 7-1 in the league.

Broncs coach Kevin Baggett has ties to the Big South, having served as an assistant at Coastal Carolina.

“Having coached in the Big South Conference I am well aware of the teams in that league and how underrated some of those teams are,” Baggett said. “Charleston Southern is a very good team.”

The Bucs have four players scoring in double-figures, led by sophomore guard Saah Nimley, who averages 16.1 points and five rebounds per game. He had 27 points and 10 boards in Charleston Southern’s loss to Gardner-Webb Thursday, its first in the conference.

Game time is to be announced.

Rider is 3-4 all-time in BracketBuster, having beaten Delaware (2011), UMBC (2009) and Cal State Northridge (2008). The losses have come against Albany (2012), Hofstra (2010), Murray State (2007) and Northeastern (2006).

This is the last year of the BracketBuster series.

Three Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference schools earned TV games: Iona plays at Indiana St. on Feb. 22 (ESPNU), Canisius visits Vermont on Feb. 22 (ESPN3) and Niagara hosts Northwestern State on Feb. 23 (ESPNU).

The other MAAC matchups: Albany at Fairfield; Loyola at Tennessee State; Manhattan at Buffalo; VMI at Marist; Saint Peter’s at Hampton; Radford at Siena.

The Broncs (12-12, 7-5) are in conference action Thursday night when they host first-place Niagara (14-9, 10-2).

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