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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Rider Gameday: vs. Quinnipiac

Who: Quinnipiac (5-11, 2-5) at Rider (6-13, 2-6)

When: Sunday, 4 p.m., Alumni Gymnasium

Radio: 107.7 FM The Bronc

Last Time Out: Rider lost to Siena, 63-52; Quinnipiac lost to Canisius, 63-53

Series History: Rider leads the all-time series, 5-2, although the Bobcats held on for a 64-60 victory in the first meeting this season.

Scouting Quinnipiac: The Bobcats have lost three straight since that win over the Broncs in Hamden, and are also trying to climb up the standings. Quinnipiac struggles to score, ranking 10th in the MAAC at 66.2 points per game. Meanwhile, its 36.6 percent field goal rate in worst in the league. The Bobcats, however, are in the top two in rebounding led by 6-9, 245-pound Donovan Smith and 6-9, 240-pound Chaise Daniels, who didn’t play in the first meeting, but has returned for the last three contests.

Scouting Rider: The Broncs had an opportunity to steal a road game at Siena, but misfired from behind the arc, connecting on just 2 of 20. Rider is only slightly better than Qunnipiac offensively, ranking ninth in the MAAC at 66.3 points per game. The Broncs’ 31.6 percent shooting from 3 is 10th in the league. Rider, however, is second in the conference in team defense (69.5 ppg) behind only Saint Peter’s. Watch for the way coach Kevin Baggett uses his rotation. Only eight of the 10 available players are regulars, and one of those, Jimmie Taylor, looks like a shell of the player who was nearly Rookie of the Year two seasons ago.


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