Rider Jockeys for Postseason Position
Broncs Shuffle Off to Buffalo for Final 2 Games
BUFFALO, NY-The Broncs travel to Western New York for the final weekend of the regular season, facing two teams who are a combined 20-5 at home this year.
After 16 MAAC games, Rider is tied for third place and can finish anywhere from first (12-6) to tied for sixth (10-8) and almost anywhere in between.
Rider takes on first place Niagara (12-4) on Thursday at 7pm and third place Canisius (10-6) on Saturday at 2pm to bring the regular season to an end.
The Broncs defeated Niagara 72-69 at Rider this year and have won six of the last seven meetings with the Purple Eagles. Niagara is 10-3 at home this year.
This season Niagara has won three games in a row, including a 92-76 BracketBuster game with Northwestern State. Niagara is led by a trio of sophomore guards, Juan'ya Green, Ameen Tanksley and Antoine Mason, who combine for 47 points and 14 rebounds per game.
The Niagara game is televised on the Time Warner Cable Network.
Canisius hosts Saint Peter's on Thursday before Rider in the regular season finale. The Golden Griffins are 10-2 at home this year and defeated Rider 67-50 this season at Rider, just the second time ever Canisius won in the Broncs' Zoo.
The Broncs have won six of the last nine games with Canisius and 18 of the last 21 meetings. Canisius recently won at Saint Peter's 68-59 before losing a BracketBuster game at Vermont 87-79.
The Golden Griffins are also led by three guards, seniors Harold Washington and Isaac Sosa and junior Billy Baron, who combine for 42 points per game.
The Canisius game will be aired on GoBroncs.com via BroncVision.
Rider has won three games in a row, including a 61-54 BracketBuster win over Charleston Southern. The Broncs have won five of their last six games and 10 of the last 14.
In other key match-ups in the final weekend of the season, second place Loyola (11-5) plays fifth place Iona (9-7) and seventh place Manhattan (8-8), and Manhattan also plays fifth place Fairfield (9-7).
After 16 conference games, all will be decided this Thursday-Sunday.
The official pairings for the men's and women's MAAC Championship Tournament, held in Springfield, Mass. March 7-11, will be announced Sunday evening, March 3. The All-MAAC teams will be announced March 4.