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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Rider Gameday: at Saint Peter's

Who: Rider (7-13, 3-6) at Saint Peter’s (8-9, 6-2)

When: Thursday, 8 p.m., Yanitelli Center, Jersey City

TV/Radio: ESPN3/ 107.7 FM The Bronc

Last Time Out: Rider def. Quinnipiac, 75-52; Saint Peter’s lost to Iona, 64-58.

Series History: Rider is 32-17 all-time against its in-state rival, although SPU won the first meeting this season, 71-63, at Alumni Gym. The Broncs have still come out on top in eight of the last 11 meetings.

Scouting SPU: John Dunne’s Peacocks are just a 1/2 game off the pace set by MAAC leaders Monmouth. They had won six of their first seven league contests before dropping a six-point decision at Iona last Friday. If SPU can complete the season sweep of the Broncs, it will have a chance to challenge for the regular-season title with the next two contests at Monmouth and home to Iona. Antwon Portley is the conversation for MAAC Rookie of the Year, averaging a team-high 15.1 points per game. He had 25 in the first meeting. This contest also features an excellent post match-up between the Peacocks’ Quadir Welton (10.8/7.8) and the Broncs’ Kahlil Thomas (9.9/7.7).

Scouting Rider: The Broncs have won three of their last four following a 0-5 start in league play. Thomas is a big reason for that. He’s collected seven double-doubles and has hauled down at least 10 rebounds in eight of the last 10 games. Rider, however, needs to put a winning streak together since it’s two games out of fifth place, the final spot for the all-important opening-night bye at the conference tournament. Depth could be an issue moving forward. The Broncs only have nine available players.


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