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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Rider Gameday: Cancun Challenge

Teddy Okereafor and Rider will play two games in Cancun, Mexico. Jackie Schear Photo

Who: Rider (0-3) vs. Cleveland State (1-2).

When: Tuesday, 12:30 p.m. Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Cancun, Mexico.

Radio: 107.7 FM The Bronc.

Last Time Out: Rider lost to No. 3 Maryland, 65-58; Cleveland State lost to Rhode Island, 73-45.

Series History: This is the first meeting between the schools, although they have met in wrestling when both were part of the Eastern Wrestling League.

Cancun Calling: This is the first of two games in Mexico as part of the Cancun Challenge. Rider will play either South Dakota State or Houston Baptist on Wednesday at either 12:30 or 3 p.m. depending on the result of Tuesday’s game.

Call Us Broncs: The national media had a hard time figuring out Rider’s nickname is the Broncs and not “Broncos.” The Big Ten Network broadcast continually referred to the “Broncos” as did a tweet from Sports Illustrated. The Associated Press finally issued a correction on Monday, three days after game, for its error.

Scouting Rider: The Broncs gave a terrific effort in a near-upset of Maryland, leading the No. 3-ranked team in the country by 14 in the second half. Guard Teddy Okereafor bounced back from two subpar performances to score 11 points and dish out seven assists. The key for the Broncs is maintaining that level of play in Mexico. If they do that, they’ll have a chance to win a pair of games and return stateside with a 2-3 record.

Scouting Cleveland State: Now in his 10th year, the Vikings are coached by former Rutgers boss Gary Waters, who has guided them to four 20-win season. Waters went 79-75  in five years at Rutgers before he was fired. Waters infamously missed a game after he got stuck in an Ohio snowstorm upon returning to Kent State in order to be inducted into the school’s Varsity “K” Hall of Fame. CSU’s lone win was a 62-46 triumph over Malone College, so it’s 0-2 against Division I competition, falling to Akron and Rhode Island. The Vikings are coming off a 28-point loss at URI. They only shot 27.3 percent in that game, but guard Rob Edwards scored 16 of the 45 points. It was Edwards’ first start after coming off the bench in the first two contests.

Scouting South Dakota State: The Jackrabbits are off to their best start since 2010-11 at 4-0 and have a great chance to make it five straight wins to begin the season. SDSU, out of the Summit League, beat TCU of the Big 12 last time out. Four Jackrabbits average in double figures, led by senior guard Deondre Parks (17.3 ppg). Coach Scott Nagy’s club was picked to win the Summit League, so don’t be surprised if the Jackrabbits pop up on your bracket in March.

Scouting Houston Baptist: The Huskies are off to a 1-3 start with the lone victory coming against a school called Crowley’s Ridge. They’ve given up at least 90 points in two of their three losses (vs. New Mexico State and TCU) and lost by 16 to Illinois State. Anthony Odunsi is the top scorer, averaging 11.3 points.


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