Trips to Kansas and Orlando highlight a promising nonconference schedule for Kevin Baggett and Rider. (Photo courtesy of Rider University)
In an offseason where programs across the country are finding it harder and harder to schedule games for a myriad of reasons, one Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference school has released its non-league slate, the first MAAC member to do so this summer.
Kevin Baggett and Rider broke the ice this week, unveiling a slate that will see the Broncs visit Allen Fieldhouse before returning to Florida for the Orlando (formerly Old Spice) Classic in an intriguing schedule for the Lawrenceville, New Jersey outfit.
A November 8 exhibition against Kutztown at Alumni Gym precedes Rider's season opener on November 14 against local rival Princeton at Jadwin Gym. Four days later, the Broncs travel to the Palestra to face Penn before hosting Lehigh on November 21 for their official home opener.
The aforementioned trip to Lawrence to battle Bill Self's Jayhawks takes place on November 24 as the guarantee game that Rider will play prior to the Orlando Classic, a tournament that includes the likes of Michigan State, Marquette and Tennessee among others, and will be played over Thanksgiving weekend in the Sunshine State.
Howie Dickenman and Central Connecticut State make their way to Lawrenceville on December 3 before a ten-day hiatus leading into the Broncs' trip to Hartford to meet John Gallagher's Hawks. Rider's final pre-Christmas contest is a December 18 home tilt against Morgan State, with their last nonconference game coming at Wagner on December 29.
***Click here for Rider's nonconference schedule release, featuring a link to the schedule as well as quotes from head coach Kevin Baggett.***