Richmond (13-8) at Temple (13-6)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 30, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Liacouras Center (10,206) -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Television: None. Home Record: UR 11-1, TU 8-2. Away Record: UR 2-6, TU 4-3. Neutral Record: UR 0-1, TU 1-1. Conference Record: UR 3-3, TU 2-3. Series Record: Temple leads, 10-9.
GAME NOTES: The Richmond Spiders make their second trip to Philadelphia this month, as they take on the Temple Owls in an Atlantic 10 Conference clash at the Liacouras Center.
The Spiders are playing the second of a two-game road trip, and they recently dropped a 70-65 decision at Massachusetts last Saturday. They have however won two of their last three games overall, most impressively winning an overtime matchup at home over VCU last Thursday night.
Temple comes into this contest also having lost its last time out, a tough defeat on the road to nationally-ranked Butler, 83-71. The Owls have lost two of three, with a home win against Penn sandwiched between the loss to Butler and a home defeat against St. Bonaventure.
Temple owns a 10-9 advantage in the series with Richmond, but has won the last three meetings at the Liacouras Center. The Spiders' last win at Temple came on Jan. 17, 2004. Richmond has won the last two meetings overall though, including a 76-65 decision at home last year.
Richmond had a seven-point lead with six minutes to play, but UMass came back to defeat the Spiders on Sunday afternoon at the Mullins Center. Coming off the bench, sophomore Wayne Sparrow tied his season-high with 13 points on 5- of-8 shooting from the floor, while junior Cedrick Lindsay chipped in 12 points for the Spiders.
Senior Darien Brothers leads the A-10 and ranks sixth in the nation in 3-point percentage (.472). He is eighth in the league in scoring at 15.9 ppg. Brothers is third in the A-10 and 24th in the nation in 3-pointers made per game (2.86) and is second in the A-10 in 23rd in the nation in free throw pct (.889). Richmond is second in the A-10 and 29th in the nation in 3-point percentage (.381). The Spiders are first in the league and 18th in the country in 3- pointers made per game (8.4). Richmond continues to play without junior forward Derrick Williams, who is second on the team in scoring and leads the team in rebounding, for the eighth straight game, but head coach Chris Mooney said he could potentially return as early as Saturday against Xavier. Richmond is 4-3 without Williams.
The Butler Bulldogs took down the Owls, 83-71, Saturday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Rotnei Clarke, who returned to the lineup after missing the previous three games due to a severely sprained neck, led all scorers with 24 points for the Bulldogs, while also dishing a game-high nine assists. Khalif Wyatt topped the Owls with 22 points, six assists and four steals. Scootie Randall (13 points), Anthony Lee (12 points) and Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson (11 points) scored in double figures as we. T.J. DiLeo, who started the game, had to leave after just three minutes with an apparent high ankle sprain. His status for this contest is unclear.
Wyatt leads the A-10 in scoring at 17.7 ppg, and over the last five contests, he is averaging 24.2 points, with Temple winning three times. Sophomore forward Anthony Lee leads the Owls in rebounding (7.4 ppg) while his 11.8 ppg ranks second on the squad. Randall (11.1 ppg, 6.8 ppg) is coming off his best offensive showing since December (13 pts, 5-10 FGs, 3-5 3-pts). Sophomore Will Cummings (5.4 ppg.) serves at the point with graduate student Jake O'Brien (7.8 ppg.), the team's top three-point threat (.423), rounding out the starting five. Senior Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson (8.4 ppg., 5.4 rpg.), who has been slowed by a bruised knee of late, came off the bench to score 11 points against Butler. On the year, the Owls are averaging 8.4 steals per tilt to rank fourth in the A-10. Hollis-Jefferson is the Owl's leader in the category and ranks eighth in the conference at 1.8 steals per game. Temple is tied for 14th in the nation in fewest turnovers per game (10.9).
Both these teams come in pretty evenly matched. Expect Temple's tenacious defense and the home court advantage to rule the day as the Owl prevail in what should be a tight game.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Temple 68, Richmond 64
01/30 10:42:31 ET