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Monday, March 18, 2013

CIT Gameday: Rider (18-14) at Hartford (17-13)

Who: Rider (18-14) at Hartford (17-13)
When: Tuesday, 7 p.m., Chase Family Arena, 107.7 FM The Bronc.

Last time out: Rider lost to Fairfield in MAAC quarterfinals, 43-42; Hartford lost to UMBC in America East quarterfinals, 69-62.

Previous meeting: Hartford won 68-57 in 2004 (Hartford leads all-time series 1-0).

Background: The Broncs are making their fourth postseason appearance in the last six years, with this being their third trip to the tournament.

Rider last appeared in the CIT in 2011, dropping a first-round game at Northern Iowa.

The Hawks are one win away from matching the program record of 18 set during the 2007-08 season.

This is their first postseason invite since making the jump to Division I in 1984-85.

The CIT, now in its fifth season, features 32 mid-major schools from around the country that are bracketed geographically. First round games are Tuesday and Wednesday.

Second round matchups on Saturday March 23 and Sunday March 24 are yet to be determined.

Both Rider and Hartford were upset in the quarterfinal round of their conference tournaments.

The Broncs, in particular, went out in disappointing fashion, scoring 42 points — a program low in the MAAC tournament — in a loss to Fairfield. They also has 21 turnovers without recording an assist — the first time they failed to do so in a MAAC tourney game.

Rider did finish the regular season with 18 wins thanks to a five-game win streak that propelled it to the No. 2 seed in the MAAC. Coach Kevin Baggett is one win shy of matching Clair Bee for second place on school’s list for victories by a first-year coach. Robert Greenwood is the record holder with 20 during the 1962-63 season.

The Broncs have made three NCAA tournament appearances but haven’t been to the big dance since 1994.

Projected starting lineups: Rider: G-Jon Thompson (Sr. 12.8 ppg), G-Anthony Myles (Jr. 12.1 ppg), G-Nurideen Lindsey (Jr. 8.3 ppg), F-Danny Stewart (Jr. 10.8 ppg), C-Dera Nd-Ezuma (Sr. 2.5 ppg).
Hartford: G-Yolonzo Moore (So. 9.4 ppg), G-Corban Wroe (So. 2.7 ppg), F-John Peterson (Gr. 4.6 ppg), F-Nate Sikma (So. 7.6 ppg), F-Mark Nwakamma (So. 14.6 ppg).


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