Saint Louis (17-5) at Richmond (14-9)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 9, 6 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Robins Center (9,071) -- Richmond, Virginia. Television: Local. Home Record: Saint Louis 13-2, Richmond 12-1. Away Record: Saint Louis 3-2, Richmond 2-7. Neutral Record: Saint Louis 1-1, Richmond 0-1. Conference Record: Saint Louis 6-2, Richmond 4-4. Series Record: Saint Louis leads, 5-4.
GAME NOTES: The Saint Louis Billikens, currently tied at the top of the Atlantic 10 Conference standings, shoot for their sixth straight victory when they tangle with the Richmond Spiders at the Robins Center.
The Billikens, who lead the A-10 in scoring defense, yielding a mere 58.3 ppg, also pace the conference in steals at 10.3 per contest. They are led by junior forward Dwayne Evans in scoring at 11.7 points a game. He is also the top rebounder at 6.7 caroms per contest. Evans has really upped the ante of late, as he is averaging 17.2 points during the team's current win streak.
Including Evans, the Billikens have six players averaging at least 7.6 ppg and three of them are in double figures (Cody Ellis at 11.3 and Mike McCall Jr. at 10.2). When it comes to conference play, the Billikens are second in scoring at 73.8 per contest and they're giving up just 64.0 a game.
A big part of SLU's winning streak has been the insertion of sophomore forward Grandy Glaze into the starting lineup. He has averaged 7.4 points in those contests.
Most recently, the Billikens won at Fordham, 90-73, on Wednesday night. Evans set a new career-high with 24 points. Ellis also tallied a career-high of 22 points and he collected 10 boards for his first double-double of the season. Jordair Jett added 14 points, Glaze scored 10 points, and McCall dished out six assists.
The Spiders haven't played since their thrilling 73-71 home win over Xavier a week ago. Kendall Anthony scored 16 points off the bench for Richmond, which also received 13 points apiece from Darien Brothers and Alonzo Ododa-Nelson. Cedric Lindsay had 12 and Greg Robbins contributed 10 points and seven assists.
Richmond has thrived at home this season with a 12-1 mark. That includes victories in its last five at the Robins Center, a place the Spiders have gone 52-9 in their last 61 games. The Spiders, though, have been hurt by the loss of junior forward Derrick Williams, who has missed the last nine games due to an injury to his left ankle. Williams, who averages 13.6 points and a team- best 6.8 rebounds per tilt, is expected to be ready for this contest.
Brothers (16.0 ppg) leads the Spiders in scoring, while Anthony (13.1 ppg) is third and Lindsay (9.7 ppg) fourth for a team that is second in the A-10 in 3- point shooting. The Spiders are connecting at a 38.1 percent clip from beyond the arc.
The return of Williams should help the Spiders keep their home winning streak alive and end the surge by the Billikens. Saint Louis won the last meeting, at home by 14 points last season while limiting the Spiders to just 50 points. History in this series has shown low-scoring contests, with the winning team not surpassing 64 points in any of the last four meetings.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Richmond 62, Saint Louis 59
02/09 10:41:50 ET