13 November 2011
The Panthers are now 150-12 at the Petersen Event Center since it opened in 2002. In their 149 wins over the first nine full seasons, that's an average of 16.5 wins a season, 1.3 losses a season...including two undefeated seasons at the Pete. Of those 12 losses, only one came against a non-conference opponent...Bucknell 69, Pitt 66 in the '04-'05 season. The Panthers have beat the other 85 non-conference opponents they have faced at the Pete.
Hoping that this is a trend that continues, lets run it down...
University of Pittsburgh
|1 - 0 (0 - 0)|
|0 - 1 (0 - 0)|
|Official Game Notes: Pitt, Rider|
|Location: Petersen Event Center
|TV Coverage: Pitt Panthers TV/ESPN3|
|Announcers: John Saunders, Curtis Aiken|
|Radio Coverage: 93.7 FM - The Fan Pittsburgh|
|All-Time Series: Pitt leads 1-0|
|Last Meeting: December 24th, 2010,
Pitt 87 - Rider 68
|Vegas Line: Pitt -21, Money Line -110|
So who wants to learn a little more about the Rider Broncs?
Rider University was established in 1865 under its original name, The Trenton Business College. In 1897, it was renamed The Rider Business College after its current president, Andrew Jackson Rider. Rider remained the president for a year before stepping down. (Is having President Rider oversee Rider Business College kinda like Coach K playing on Coach K Court?) It became known as Rider College in 1921, and Rider University just 17 years ago. Through this time, the school has actually had four different locations within New Jersey.
The Rider Broncs are a member of the Northeast Conference (NEC) for field hockey, Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) for wrestling, and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) for all other sports. Their colors are cranberry and white. Why cranberry you ask? Because President Rider owned over 500 acres of cranberry bogs in New Jersey. The Broncs have reached a conference title game eight times in the last 25 years, but the only times they have advanced to the NCAA tournament was in 1993 and 1994 when they won the NEC. Over the past 3 seasons, the Broncs have won 59 games, a program record.
Rider is a fairly small university, with just under 6,000 students currently. So as you could imagine, its list of notable alumni is fairly small. However, Howard Stoeckel (CEO of Wawa...which is not better than Sheetz), Niel B. Friedman (president of Mattel), and ESPN College Basketball analyst Digger Phelps all attended Rider University.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Dixon's past leads Adams to Pitt family
Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Dante Taylor ready to step up to Panthers' starting job
NJ.com: [no articles]
The Rider News: Shorthanded Broncs open with challenges
Hail to Pitt!
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