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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Rider Gameday: at Canisius

Who: Rider (10-14, 6-7) at Canisius (10-14, 5-8)

When: Sunday, 3 p.m., Koessler Athletic Center, Buffalo, N.Y.

TV/Radio: ESPN3/ 107.7 FM The Bronc

Last Time Out: Rider def. Niagara, 66-60; Canisius lost to Iona, 84-66

Series History: Rider has dominated the 43 meetings between the schools, winning 33 of them, including a 79-68 victory in Lawrenceville a week ago.

Scouting Canisius: The Griffs weren’t able to keep pace with Iona on Friday and suffered their fourth straight defeat. Despite this losing run, Canisius still possess a potent attack, especially at home with four players averaging in double figures. The Griffs are thrid in the MAAC in scoring, averaging 78.5 points per game. They also make 8.9 threes per contest, also third.

Scouting Rider: The Broncs can see .500 after a 0-5 start in MAAC play, but they’ll have to repel the Griffs for the second time in a week. Kahlil Thomas collected his conference-leading ninth doubule-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds in the win over Niagara. All nine of Thomas’ double-doubles have come in the last 12 games. While Canisius scores the ball well, Rider leads the MAAC in defense, allowing 67.1 points. A victory Sunday would set the Broncs up for a primetime showdown next Friday against Monmouth at Alumni Gymnasium.


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