#732 University of Richmond Spidersvs.#731 St. Bonaventure University Bonnies
Wednesday, January 1 2017, at 7:00pm EST
Written by David Hess
St Bonaventure Bonnies (10-5 SU, 6-7-0 ATS, 9-4-0 OU) vs Richmond Spiders (9-6 SU, 4-5-2 ATS, 6-5-0 OU)
When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, January 11 , 2017
Where: Robins Center in Richmond, Virginia
Lines: Richmond -15.5
Tonight within the Atlantic 10 Conference the St Bonaventure Bonnies will tangle with the Richmond Spiders at Robins Center in Richmond, Virginia. The Bonnies enter this contest off a 82-72 home win over George Mason, while the Spiders are off a 77-70 road win over George Washington. The Favorite is 8-2 ATS the last 10 games in this series.
The St Bonaventure Bonnies are off to a nice 10-5 start to their year and they are now 2-1 within the A-10 after grabbing a 87-72 home win over the George Mason Patriots in their last game. The Bonnies were led in the game by Denzel Gregg, who had 24 points in the win and he also grabbed 12 rebounds as well. Also having a big game was Idris Taqqee, who had 13 points and 11 boards. Rounding out the double-digit scorers in the game was Nelson Kaputo, who had 13 points. The Bonnies have been a very good offensive team this year, but they still didn’t have a great shooting game as they hit just 44.8% of their shots overall, including just 26.3% of their shots from long range. The defense played well in the game as they allowed just 42.3% shooting overall and just 33.3% from long range, plus they forced 15 turnovers, while committing just eight. That was the difference in the game. Leading the bonnies this year has been Jaylen Adams, who is averaging 22.3 ppg, while 2nd is Matt Mobley at 19.6 and Gregg is 3rd at 13.3 ppg. Adams is listed as questionable for this game.
The Bonnies enter this contest ranked 19th in the nation in scoring, putting up 84.2 ppg, while also ranking 101st in FG% (46.2%), 80th in 3-point shooting (37.6%) and 20th in free throw shooting (76.2%). At the defensive end of the floor they have been average as they come in ranked 296th in points allowed, giving up 77.9 ppg, while also ranking 218th in defensive FG% (44.0%) and 334th in 3-point defense (39.6%).
Richmond was just 6-6 during their non-conference slate this year, but they have gone 3-0 in the A-10 so far. They have a road win over Davidson, a home win over Fordham and a road win over George Washington in league play so far. They could be a darkhorse to win the conference. In the 77-70 win over the Colonials, they had a very strong game offensively as they hit 61.5% of their shots overall, including 53.3% of their shots from long range. Hard to lose a game with numbers like that, but their defense also played well as they allowed 45.3%, including just 32% from long range. It was a good game overall for them. Leading the attack for the Spiders was T.J. Cline, who had 19 points, while De’Monte Buckingham had 15 and ShawnDre’ Jones had 14. Good balanced scoring for the Spiders and they have six players that have averaged at least 6.1 ppg so far. The Spiders have been led by Cline at 18.0 ppg, while 2nd is Jones at 16.7 ppg.
Richmond comes in ranked 200th in the nation in scoring, putting up 73.3 ppg, while also ranking 88th in FG% (46.7%), 239th in 3-point shooting (33.7%) and 234th in free throw shooting (67.5%). At the defensive end of the floor they have been average as they come in ranked 154th in points allowed, giving up 70.8 ppg, while also ranking 145th in defensive FG% (42.4%) and 47th in 3-point defense (31.0%).
St Bonaventure is:
Both teams are having decent seasons so far. The Bonnies have gone 2-1 in A-10 play so far, while the Spiders are 3-0. The Spiders have a solid edge on defense and the Bonnies may be without their leading scorer, Jaylen Adams for this one, but still this is a very good offense that the Bonnies have and they will be able to put up enough points to get the cover in this game. The Spiders are 3-0 in the conference, but all three games have been decided by eight points or less and the Bonnies already had a 12 point road win over UMass in the conference. Too many points to give the Bonnies here.
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