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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Rider at Princeton Gameday

Who: Rider Broncs (0-0) at Princeton Tigers (0-0).

When/Where: 7 p.m., Friday, Jadwin Gym.

Coverage: 103.3 WPRB, Ivy League Digital Network; 107.7 FM The Bronc

Projected starters (with last year’s stats)
Princeton: G Clay Wilson (Sr., 6-3, 4.5 PPG, 1 RPG,). F Hans Brase (Jr., 6-8, 11.2 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 2.2 APG). F Steven Cook (So., 6-5, 4.5 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 2.2 APG). G Amir Bell (Fr., 6-3). F Spencer Weisz (So., 6-4, 8.7 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 2.2 APG).
Rider: G Jimmie Taylor (So., 6-3, 12.1 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 2.3 APG). F Kahlil Thomas (So., 6-7, 5.8 PPG, 3.4 RPG). C Matt Lopez (Sr., 6-11, transfer from Utah State). G Teddy Okereafor (Jr., 6-4, transfer from VCU). G Zedric Sadler (Jr., 6-3, 8.3 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 3 APG.

The history: Despite the two schools being about seven miles apart, the Tigers and Broncs have met just 13 times in their history, with the first game being played all the way back in 1931. Princeton has gotten the better of the series, winning 10 of the 13 games. That includes the two team’s most recent meeting in 2012, which the Tigers won 62-45 at Jadwin. The last Rider win was in 2002, when the Broncs won 62-59 in Trenton.

KenPom says: According to the advanced statistics guru Ken Pomeroy, the Tigers should have the edge of the Broncs. Pomeroy has Princeton as the 123rd best team in Division while, Rider is rated 229th.

What they are saying —Princeton’s Hans Brase: “Any time you can play a local team, a local game, Princeton area and Mercer County is kind of up for grabs. We always like to play local teams and get a good crowd. It shows that we are the team to beat in the area and the Ivy League.”
Rider’s Kevin Baggett: “We had one of our worst losses two years ago at Jadwin so we are looking forward to going back and having an opportunity to be on the better end this time around. The fans and the people in the community always like this rivalry.”


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