March 22, 2013
Things To Know About The Game
East Carolina and Rider are meeting for the first time in their history.
An win would give East Carolina 20 wins for the first time as Division I program and the first time overall since 1954.
East Carolina has won a school record 14 games at home this season, posting an 9-1 record against non-conference opponents. The Pirates have won four of their last five home games with their only loss coming to Southern Miss in overtime.
Rider has won its last three road games and is 8-8 overall on the road this season.
The Pirates are playing their first MAAC opponent since winning at Fairfield on Dec. 31, 2000. ECU is 10-7 all-time against current members of the MAAC (Canisius 0-1; Iona 1-1; Manhattan 1-1; St. Peter's 5-4; Fairfield 3-1).
Coach Jeff Lebo is making his fourth trip to the postseason as a head coach. He led Tennessee Tech and Auburn to the NIT before directing the Pirates into the 2011 CIT. He owns a 6-3 postseason head coaching record.
Senior Maurice Kemp is 20 points shy of becoming just the third player in school history to score 600 points in a season.
Junior Akeem Richmond's next 3-pointer will be his 100th of the season. He ranks ninth in Division I with 3.19 3s per game.
Rider freshman Khalil Alford is a North Carolina native. He is from Raleigh, where he attended Southeast Raleigh High School.
Scouting The Broncs
Rider enters Saturday's game with an overall record of 19-14.
The Broncs defeated Hartford in the first round of the CIT, 63-54.
The Broncs have won six of their last seven games and eight of 10.
Rider is participating in the postseason for the fourth time in the last six years.
The Broncs finished tied for second in the MAAC with a 12-6 conference record ... Senior Jonathon Thompson was a second-team all-conference selection.
Anthony Myles and Daniel Stewart were third-team all-league players.
The Broncs rank eighth in the country in 3-point field goal defense (.291).
Rider's roster consists of six freshmen, four juniors, two seniors and two sophomores.
The Broncs scored over 70 points 10 times, but were held to less than 60 eight times.
Notes, Streaks And Trends
East Carolina has won three straight at home, winning those three games by a total of 11 points.
The Pirates trailed at halftime in four their last six games, but rallied to win three of those games.
East Carolina has won five straight games when holding its opponent to 69 points or less. The Pirates are 12-2 this year when limiting its foe to less than 70 points.
The Pirates have won 13 of 16 games when leading at halftime this season.
East Carolina has made eight or more 3-pointers in eight straight games. ECU is shooting 45.7 percent (43-of-94) behind the arc the last four games, averaging nearly 11 3-pointers per contest.
East Carolina has recorded more assists than turnovers in six straight games and eight of its last nine, winning five of those seven games. In the one game which it had more turnovers, ECU defeated SMU.
The Pirates have won 77.8 percent of their home games this season (14-4), its highest winning percentage at home since going 10-2 (.833) during the 1996-97 campaign.
Senior Maurice Kemp has scored over 20 points in five straight games and nine of the last 11 games. He is averaging 21.6 points the last 11 games.
Senior Miguel Paul has handed out double digit assists in five of the last 10 games. He is averaging 7.0 assists per game, which ranks him ninth among all NCAA Division I players.
Junior Akeem Richmond has scored double figures in a season-long nine straight games, averaging 18.8 points. He is 47-of-98 (.479) behind the arc in those games with an average of 5.2 made 3s. He ranks among the top 10 in the nation in 3s per game (9th/3.17) and 3-point percentage (7th/.446).