Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 2:30pm EST
Written by Chris Kubala
It’s a battle of Atlantic 10 foes from the Old Dominion on the college hardwood. The Richmond Spiders are on the road as they make the in-state trip to face the George Mason Patriots Saturday afternoon. Richmond comes in off a 70-64 road win over Davidson in their last contest Tuesday night. George Mason was knocked off 73-67 by George Washington on the road Wednesday night in their latest contest. The Spiders own a 37-26 advantage in the all-time series between the teams but it was the Patriots prevailing 77-63 at home in the most recent matchup on February 27, 2019.
Richmond Spiders Look to Keep RollingRichmond has as many wins this season in their first 17 games this season as they had all of last year. The Spiders are 3-1 in conference play and they have played some tough competition to this point in the season. Richmond beat Wisconsin on a neutral floor along with road wins over Rhode Island and Davidson. The Spiders don’t have any major losses on the books so far this year as they were beaten by Auburn on a neutral floor, Alabama on the road and Saint Louis at home. Richmond’s worst loss was a neutral floor defeat to Radford, which isn’t a terrible defeat.
The Spiders are putting up an average of 74.9 points per contest this season, which puts them 113th in the nation in scoring offense. Richmond grabs 33.6 rebounds per game and dishes out 15.8 assists a night. The Spiders are 143rd in the nation in scoring defense as they allow 67.5 points a night. Blake Francis leads the team with 17.6 points per game on the season. Jacob Gilyard (13.9 points, 5.4 assists), Nick Sherod (13.2 points, 5.3 rebounds) and Grant Golden (11.7 points, 8.5 rebounds) are all averaging in double figures. The Spiders rely heavily on their starters as after Nathan Cayo (8.4 points, 4.5 rebounds), no one averages more than 4.1 points a game. Richmond is shooting 46.1 percent from the field as a team this season. The Spiders average 8.9 three-pointers a night while shooting 37.3 percent from beyond the arc. Richmond is tremendous at the free throw line as they cash in a fantastic 81.4 percent of their attempts this season. Francis is out four to six weeks with a fractured sternum that he suffered against Saint Louis on January 10.
Richmond is 55th in the nation in offensive efficiency and 98th in defensive efficiency this season according to KenPom.com at this point. The Spiders are 34th in the nation in effective field goal percentage (53.5 percent), 11th in turnover percentage (15.6 percent) and second in free throw percentage this season. In addition, Richmond is 33rd in three-point percentage and 81st in two-point field goal percentage (51.8 percent) this season. The Spiders are just 236th in the nation in tempo as they average 67.7 possessions per game this year.
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