Rider basketball blog

By David Pavlak


Hello everyone and welcome to the official blog of Rider basketball. This will be your source for Rider basketball information as well as fan perspective pieces. I would like to encourage anybody who would like to help contribute to this blog to send me an email stating your interest. We would love to add as many different perspectives to this blog as possible.

I also would like to encourage everyone to make sure to pick up a copy of The Rider News this Friday to read all about senior walk-on Kevin Noon. Beginning Nov. 11, we will be featuring Bronc basketball consistently in the paper.

The men have been predicted to finish fourth in the conference this season, but the MAAC is going to be such a close race it is almost impossible to judge who will truly be on top when it comes time for the MAAC tournament. Make sure you check back frequently to read up on all your Bronc basketball news!


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  1. Expectations among analysts don’t seem to be very high for Rider.  Hopefully, that will work in the Broncs’ favor.  Pomeroy rankings have Rider 147th nationally (Siena is 54th, Fairfield 94th and Loyola, Md., 148th). Pomeroy projects Rider finishing at 17-13, losing four of its first six games, and going 9-5 in the MAAC, with two losses to Iona and one apiece to Fairfield, Siena and Loyola. League losses sound about right, but I’m not sure I agree with projected losses to Robert Morris and Stonybrook.

  2. It was only an exhibtion game Saturday, but it showed Rider has a lot of work to do.  It turned the ball over 23 times against DII East Stroudsburg and allowed 21 offensive boards.  And during Rider’s regular season opener Friday against Robert Morris, it will be without the services of starting PG Jonathan Thompson, who will be serving out a two-game suspension for NCAA rules violations, and possibly freshman C Junior Fortunat, who was in street clothes for Saturday’s game, awaiting clearance from the NCAA. They will need his size and defensive presence in the middle of a frontcourt that  is thin without him and susceptible to foul trouble.  On the positive side, senior transfer Jeff Jones looks like he will be able to fill the scoring void left by the graduation of Justin Robinson.  Freshman point guard looked good running the team, scoring six points and handing out five assists in 22 minutes. Dera Nd-Ezuma also looked like he may be able to contribute more this year; he went scoreless in 14 minutes, but had six boards and an assist. Anthony Myles was a surprise starter at PG Saturday, but didn’t look comfortable there, turning the ball over four times and picking up four personal fouls in just 14 minutes.
    Bottom line: Rider will need to pick it up defensively, do a better job of clearing the defensive boards and giving the opponent something more to worry about on defense than the 3-point shot, the fast break and the Broncs’ one-on-one offense.    
      On the positive side, he  

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