SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The Bryant University men's basketball team returns to the court this weekend for a home-and-home series with league-leading Merrimack.
The two teams will meet Saturday in Smithfield (4:00 p.m.) and Sunday in North Andover (4:00 p.m.). Both games will be streamed on NECFrontRow.com.
Location: Chace Athletic Center | Hammel Court
Date and Time: Saturday, Feb. 20 – 4 p.m. | Sunday, Feb. 21 - 4 p.m.
Watch: Saturday | Sunday
Live Stats: Saturday | Sunday
Game Notes: Bryant
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Bryant and Merrimack have met 54 times on the hardwood, first as Division II rivals and now has Northeast Conference counterparts. The two teams split their first DI meetings a season ago, while the Warriors own a 34-20 lead in the all-time series.
SCOUTING THE WARRIORS
Merrimack enters the weekend tied for first place in the NEC standings at 8-4. The Warriors, who are in their second year of transition to the Division I level, are not eligible for the NEC postseason. Merrimack won the 2020 NEC Regular-Season title and has continued to play well this year, stifling opponents on defense. The Warriors are allowing just 64.6 ppg.
WHAT TO KNOW
- Bryant enters the weekend at 10-5 overall and 6-4 in the NEC. The Bulldogs are currently third in the NEC standings behind Merrimack and Wagner, who are both 8-4.
- The Black and Gold are playing their first games since Jan. 31 due to a COVID-19 pause.
- Bryant returns from pause ranked second nationally in scoring at 88.1 ppg and second in tempo (76.1 kenpom).
- Head coach Jared Grasso is in his third season on the Bryant sidelines, having posted a 35-42 record.
- Peter Kiss leads the Bulldogs in scoring at 17.7 per game and leads all NEC scorers with 19.1 ppg in league games. Kiss has scored 20+ points on nine occasions, including 6-of-10 NEC games.
- Michael Green III ranks sixth in the NEC in scoring, fifth in assists and eighth in free throw percentage.
- Charles Pride leads the Black and Gold with a pair of double-doubles, ranking 11th in the NEC in rebounds and 14th in assists.
- Chris Childs is one of the nation's top three-point shooters, ranking eighth nationally in 3FG per game. He's made 5+ 3s in game four times.
- Hall Elisias ranks seventh nationally in blocks per game (2.9) and leads the NEC in field goal percentage (.642).