Who: Rider (2-2) at Hofstra (6-3)
When: Saturday, 4p.m., David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex, Hempstead, N.Y.
TV/ Radio: None/ 107.7FM The Bronc Last Time Out: Rider lost to West Virginia, 92-78; Hofstra def. Monmouth, 75-73 Series History: Hofstra leads, 20-18 Background: This is the return game from a meeting last season in Lawrenceville, which was won by the Pride. Hofstra has won the last four contests between the two schools.
Another Break: The Broncs are coming off another lengthy stretch of inactivity, this one 10days since a loss at West Virginia. Rider already had a 12-day break between its season opener and second game. As a result, the Broncs have played just four times thus far, although December is a busy month since featuring eight games.
Defend Without Fouling: In their two losses, the Broncs have allowed opponents to shoot 39free throws per game, giving away a combined 46points in those contests (UCF and WVU combined to shoot 58.9percent on 78total attempts so it could have been worse). In the two ins, Rider is 36-for-57from the line (63.1 percent), while opponents are 21-for-36 (58.3percent).
Bad MAAC: Entering play on Saturday, the MAAC has a combined record of 24-60 (.400win percentage) and doesn’t have any of its 11teams with a record over .500. Only Rider breaks even and it has played three fewer games than anyone else in the game. If you want to look on the bright side, Niagara recently picked up a road win at ACC cellar dweller Pittsburgh and Siena knocked off Ivy favorite Harvard, although the Crimson played without their three best players due to injuries.
Scouting Hofstra: Common fans may not know the name Justin Wright-Foreman, but the Broncs certainly do. Wright-Foreman cooked Rider for 30points in a Pride win in Lawrenceville last season. Nobody has been able to slow down the senior from Queens this season. Wright-Foreman ranks third nationally in scoring at 27.2points per game and he’s had at least 20in all nine games thus far. He’s shooting 48.6percent overall and 39.7percent from behind the arc. Junior guard Eli Pemberton had his career high 28points against Rider last season and supports Wright-Foreman with 16.8points per game. The duo combines for 56.1percent of Hofstra’s points per contest and attempts 52.4percent of the team’s shots. The Pride are coached by Joe Mihalich, who is in his fifth season after guiding Niagara to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances in 15seasons there.