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Monday, February 2, 2015

Rider at Siena: What to watch for

Who: Rider (14-8, 8-3) at Siena (8-12, 5-6).

When: Monday, 7 p.m., Times Union Center, Albany, New York.

TV/Radio: Time Warner Cable/ 107.7 FM The Bronc.

Last Time Out: Rider def. St. Peter’s, 58-49; Siena lost to Manhattan, 87-79.

Background: The Broncs go for an eighth consecutive road win when they travel to New York’s capital city Monday night. The Times Union Center will also host the conference tournament in March. Siena is trying to snap a two-game skid

Snow Day?: Forecasts are calling for a winter storm to affect the East Coast Sunday night into Monday. Rider traveled to Albany on Sunday morning, but is projecting 12-18 inches of snow for the Albany area, possibly putting the game in jeopardy.

UPDATE: Looks like they're going to play as scheduled despite a foot of snow in the Albany region.

Life on the road: During its seven-game road winning streak, Rider is holding opponents to 59.2 points per game. The Broncs are 8-3 in true road games (0-3 on a neutral floor). After facing Siena, they’ll have just three away games left — the Buffalo trip and a potentially huge contest at Monmouth in the season’s penultimate game.

Depth perception: Head coach Kevin Baggett loves his squad’s depth and showed it once again when he got nine points in 10 second-half minutes from Junior Fortunat in the win at St. Peter’s. The Broncs have three players (Matt Lopez, Teddy Okereafor, Jimmie Taylor) averaging double figures, but get contributions from nine different players on a nightly basis.

Scouting the Saints: Siena’s had an up-and-down year after being projected to finish second in the MAAC before the year started. Jimmy Patsos’ club has been hit hard by injury. Starting forward Brett Bisping has missed the last 14 games with a broken toe, Imoh Silas was lost before the season started and Patrick Cole, who started the first meeting against Rider, is no longer with the program. In the loss to Manhattan, Patsos primarily used seven players. Sophomore forward Lavon Long had 20 points and eight rebounds against the Jaspers.


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