Rider (6-7) at Delaware (4-8)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Monday, December 31, 2 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Bob Carpenter Center (5,000) -- Newark, Delaware. Television: None. Home Record: Rider 2-3, Delaware 2-1. Away Record: Rider 2-4, Delaware 1-5. Neutral Record: Rider 2-0, Delaware 1-2. Conference Record: Rider 1-1, Delaware 0-0. Series Record: Delaware leads, 31-30.
GAME NOTES: The Rider Broncs look to improve to .500 before entering the New Year as they visit the Bob Carpenter Center for a non-conference tilt against the Delaware Blue Hens.
Rider lost its third game in a row on Friday as it suffered a 68-56 setback to Rutgers. The Broncs are now 6-7 overall and just 2-4 on the road. Coach Kevin Baggett's team has struggled on the offensive end with an average of 64.5 points per game on 42.5 percent shooting from the floor. Rider is allowing its opponents to score 65.5 ppg with a .424 field goal percentage, but those numbers are skewed by poor outings at South Carolina (88-76) and SMU (83-70).
Monte Ross's Blue Hens defeated Penn, 83-60, in their last appearance on Dec. 21 to improve to 4-8 on the season. Delaware's poor start to the season came in part due to its very difficult non-conference slate that featured an array of formidable opponents in La Salle, Virginia, Kansas State, Pittsburgh, Temple, Duke, and Villanova. Despite having faced a laundry list of top tier programs, the Blue Hens are netting 66.6 ppg, which is only 3.7 less than their foes' scoring average.
Delaware holds a narrow 31-30 all-time series lead versus Rider. The Broncs have won the last four meetings and seven of the previous eight encounters.
The Broncs dropped to 0-5 in games when they fail to reach the 60-point plateau on Friday in Piscataway. Daniel Stewart led Rider with 20 points and Anthony Myles chipped in 14, but star junior guard Nurideen Lindsey went just 2-of-12 from the field for seven points and committed four turnovers. Myles enters Monday with a team-best average of 13.2 ppg and Lindsey is the Broncs' second-leading scorer with 11.4 ppg. Senior point guard Jonathon Thompson is doing his part with 10.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per contest. Stewart's inside presence will be important for Rider as it nears MAAC play as he is its best rebounder (6.2 rpg) and is near a double-digit scoring average with 9.8 points per outing.
Jamelle Hagins and Jarvis Threatt tallied 18 points each to help Delaware complete its 23-point rout of the Quakers in the second meeting between the schools this season. The Blue Hens used a dominant 51-35 edge in the rebounding battle and committed just seven turnovers to Penn's 17 to power the victory. Hagins also grabbed 13 rebounds in the contest to register his eighth double- double of the season. The senior forward is averaging a double-double on the season with 13.2 points and 12.2 boards per outing. Threatt is tallying 10 ppg while playing alongside leading scorer Devon Saddler (19.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg) in the backcourt. Rider is going to be very familiar with Saddler as he scored a team- high 27 points for the Blue Hens last season in their 95-86 loss to the Broncs in Lawrenceville.
Rider's chances are going to rely on Lindsey's ability to break out of his current slump. The St. John's transfer has been held to 11 points on 5-of-24 shooting from the floor and turned the ball over 16 times in his last three outings. Lindsey scored double figures, including a pair of 26-point performances, in seven of 10 outings. The Blue Hens will end their losing streak against the Broncs if they continue to control the glass.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Delaware 75, Rider 70
12/31 10:30:37 ET