Rider vs Hofstra Preview and Prediction
Rider vs Hofstra Preview
Rider and Hofstra are meeting for the 39th time, with the Pride owning a 20-18 lead in the all-time series. Hofstra has won the last four in 1991-92, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2017-18.
Hofstra has played more than twice as many contests as Rider thus far, posting a 6-3 record, including three-straight wins over Siena, Kennesaw State and Monmouth.
Rider had won two straight, against Coppin State at home on Nov. 19 and at Wagner on Nov. 24, before a Nov. 28 setback at West Virginia. That games against WVU was a competitive game despite the 92-78 score. The Broncs were within single-digits until the final few minutes in the second half.
Three members of the Broncs average in double figures with Dimencio Vaughn leading the way with averages of 15.8 points and 6.5 rebounds. Jordan Allen is second with 14.5 points and Frederick Scott is third on the team with 11.8 points per game.
The Broncs returned all five starters, their top six scorers and 95 percent of their scoring from last year’s team. One reason why the team was picked to win the MAAC when the preseason polls came out before the season.
Seventh-year Head Coach Kevin Baggett‘s teams have posted a 109-91 record. Baggett won MAAC Coach of the Year in 2015 and 2018.
The Pride has won eight straight home games dating back to last season. It ranks as the second-longest home court win streak in Hofstra’s Colonial Athletic Association era (since 2001). The 2006-07 team also had an eight game streak and the Pride put together a 21-game home court win streak spanning the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons.
Hofstra (6-3) extended its win streak to three games with a narrow 75-73 victory over Monmouth on Wednesday. The Pride has won four of its last five games since November 21 with the lone loss during that stretch an overtime road defeat to VCU on November 24. Senior Justin Wright-Foreman posted 30 points, seven rebounds and four assists to lead Hofstra to the win over Monmouth. It was his 14th career 30-point game and the third this season.
Wright-Foreman is averaging team-highs of 27.2 points and 4.2 assists per game, while ranking third on the squad with 4.9 rebounds per outing. Junior Eli Pemberton, who had 14 points on Wednesday, is second in scoring with 16.8 points per game. Graduate student Jacquil Taylor leads the Pride with 7.6 rebounds per game.
The Pride captured an exciting 88-82 win last season in Lawrenceville as Wright-Foreman had 30 points and Pemberton added 28.
I think we will see the Broncs exact revenge on Hofstra on the back of their well-balanced team.
Rider 75 Hofstra 70
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