UAlbany And Rider Face Off In Sears Bracketbuster On Saturday

UAlbany Sports Information   02-17-2012
UAlbany Athletics

 UAlbany (16-13, 8-7 AE)

vs. Rider (11-17, 8-8 MAAC)


 Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7:00 p.m. (ET)


 Albany, N.Y. | SEFCU  Arena 


 Ticket Info


 FOX Sports 980




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Game Notes

 Rider notes | UAlbany notes

Albany, N.Y.- UAlbany (16-13, 8-7 AE) plays Rider (11-17, 8-8 MAC) in the ESPN Sears BracketBuster game. The Great Danes are 0-2 in previous Bracketbuster games, having fallen to Boise State (83-82) in 2007 and Virginia Commonwealth (70-67) in 2006. Saturday's game can be heard on Fox Sports 980 WOFX-AM in Albany. Rodger Wyland will handle the play-by-play.

• UAlbany is currently in fourth place in the America East Conference standings at 8-7 and can't move any higher. With a win over Binghamton, UAlbany will soldify themselves as the four seed in the conference tournament.

Scouting Rider
• The Rider Broncs are in the Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference and currently sit fifth in the standings with a 8-8 conference record. The Broncs are averaging 72.1 points per game on offense while allowing 75.4 points per game. One of Rider's team strengths has been shooting behind the arc boasting a 36.9 shooting percentage which ranks 61st in the nation.

Series History
• Rider won the only game over UAlbany in the all-time series. The Broncs defeated the Great Danes in the NAIA District 31 Regional, 52-42, on March 6, 1958.

Rider Players To Watch
• Rider has four players averaging in double-digit points this season .
• Brendan Penn is the Broncs leading scorer this season with 12.5 points per game and grabbing 6.5 rebounds.
• Penn is the most accurate shooter from behind the arc (38.5 percent) and at the free-throw line (84.6 percent)
• Daniel Stewart, Rider's 6-foot-7 sophomore forward, is averaging 11.7 points a game and 6.9 rebounds a game.

Last Time Out
• The Great Danes dropped a close one to Vermont, 50-47, on Wednesday Feb. 15
• Mike Black sled the Great Danes with 16 points, four assists, and three rebounds
• Blake Metcalf grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds, seven of which were offensive