Albany, N.Y.- UAlbany Men's Basketball team (14-9, 6-3 AE) will face off against Rider (9-14, 6-5 MAAC) tentatively set for Saturday, Feb. 18 at SEFCU Arena (7 pm) in the ESPN Bracket buster game. The Great Danes are 0-2 in previous ESPN Bracketbuster games, having lost to Boise State by one, 83-82, on Feb. 16, 2007 and lost to Virginia Commonwealth, 70-67, on Feb. 17, 2006.

The Rider Broncs are in the Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference and currently sit fifth in the standings with a 6-5 conference record. The Broncs are averaging 73.2 points per game on offense while allowing 76.1 points per game. One of Rider's team strengths has been shooting behind the arc boasting a 38.6 shooting percentage which ranks 32nd in the nation. The two Bronc's sharp shooters behind the arc are senior guards Brandon Penn shooting 44.3 percent (54-122 3FG) and Jeff Jones shooting 39.8 percent (45-113 3FG).

UAlbany is in the America East Conference and currently sits fourth in the standings with a 6-3 conference record. The Great Danes will have their hands full with the Broncs with what has seemed to be the team's Achilles heel, guarding the three-point shot. On the season, UAlbany ranks last in the conference defending the three-point shot allowing the opposing team to shoot 38.9 percent (178-457 3FG). To counter its lack of three-point defending has been its potent offense averaging 73.5 points per game. Junior guards Gerardo Suero, Logan Aronhalt, and Mike Black have proved to be one of the best three guard tandems averaging 50.1 points per game as a group this season.

The Great Danes continue its 2011-12 season on Wednesday, Feb. 1 against the Retrievers of UMBC at SEFCU Arena (7pm)