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The Old Dominion Monarchs will be trying to extend their winning streak to seven games when they visit the Richmond Spiders at the Robins Center on Wednesday night. Old Dominion won five in a row at home and then prevailed at Syracuse last weekend. The Spiders had won two straight before succumbing to Oral Roberts this past Saturday.
Flight of the Monarchs
There is not much to dislike about Old Dominion at the moment. In addition to their six-game winning streak, the Monarchs have no bad losses yet this season–falling to Saint Joseph’s Oregon State, and to Northern Iowa by a 54-53 margin. Interestingly, they faced Northern Iowa twice in a row and quickly avenged the one-point loss with a 72-65 defeat of the Panthers. That touched off ODU’s current six-game surge, which most recently featured a 68-62 upset of 25th-ranked Syracuse.
B.J. Stith heads into Wednesday averaging 18.0 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. He recently became the second man ever to earned three consecutive Conference-USA Player of the Week honors. Stith’s 18 second-half points against ‘Cuse complimented 10 rebounds (for his third straight double-double), two assists, and one steal. That performance gave him exactly 1,000 points in his college career.
Not catching a whole lot in their web
An up-and-down Richmond team is coming off a 59-52 loss to Oral Roberts. The Spiders have also suffered disappointing setbacks at he hands of Wyoming and Hampton, but at the same time they are sporting a win over ACC representative Wake Forest. The Monarchs are scoring just 65.8 points per game on 41 percent shooting, but they are holding opponent to a meager 57.1 average. Ball movement has not been impressive, to the extent that ODU is averaging only 12.6 assists per contest. The Spiders are good shooting team, at 47.9 percent and 72.2 points per game. But they are terrible at rebounding, bringing down a mere 29.7 rebounds per outing.
— Richmond Basketball (@SpiderMBB) December 18, 2018
Grant Golden, a 6’10” sophomore forward, comes in averaging 18.9 points and 6.6 rebounds per outing. At the other end of the floor, Jacob Gilyard contributed a career-high seven steals against Oral Roberts, tying for the third-most in a single game in program history. Gilyard is averaging an awesome 3.4 steals per contest this season (second in all of Division I).
The Richmond Spiders are:
- 24-50-5 in their last 79 non-conference games
- 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against Conference-USA
- 37-17-1 Over in their last 55 overall
The Old Dominion Monarchs are:
- 5-1 ATS in their last six overall
- 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against teams with losing records
- 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a win
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Stith is completely on fire right now for the Monarchs, who look like a well-oiled machine as a whole. At this point in time, it does not look like Richmond’s sputtering offense will have enough to keep pace. Old Dominion is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings between the two teams and the favorite is 7-2 ATS in the last nine head-to-head matchups.
Prediction: Old Dominion Monarchs
Full-Game Total Pick
Richmond corralled 15 offensive rebounds against Oral Roberts, marking its most in a single game since November of 2015. Nathan Cayo’s seven offensive boards were the most by a Spider since February of 2012. Golden, Gilyard, and Nathan Cayo are all averaging more than 15.0 points per game. The over is 21-8 in the Monarchs’ last 29 on the road and 5-1 in their last six against the Atlantic 10. It is also 37-17-1 in the Spiders’ last 55 overall, 22-8-1 in their last 31 at home, 9-3 in their last 12 at home against opponents with losing road records, and 9-4 in their last 13 non-conference contests. Additionally, the over is 6-2 in the last eight meetings between the two teams. Look for this one to go over the total.