UNC Wilmington (1-0) at Richmond (1-0)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 13, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Robins Center (9,071) -- Richmond, Virginia. Television: None. Home Record: UNCW 1-0, Richmond 1-0. Away Record: UNCW 0-0, Richmond 0-0. Neutral Record: UNCW 0-0, Richmond 0-0. Conference Record: UNCW 0-0, Richmond 0-0. Series Record: Richmond leads, 29-16.
GAME NOTES: A pair of squads attempting to move to 2-0 on the young season square off on Tuesday night, as the Richmond Spiders play host to the UNC Wilmington Seahawks.
UNCW tipped off its season on Sunday by defeating in-state rival UNC Asheville at home, 67-59. It was the first time the Seahawks have opened at home in four seasons, and tonight marks the first of a three-game road trip.
Richmond's 100th season of basketball started off in grand style as it blew out Liberty at home last Friday night, 84-42. The Spiders are now 62-38 all- time in openers, and they have been especially strong in recent years with victories in 13 straight lidlifters.
These two squads have a history together, as Richmond was part of the Colonial Athletic Association until 2002. The Spiders have a 29-16 advantage all-time over the Seahawks, which includes a 15-5 mark at the Robins Center.
UNCW played a back-and-forth matchup with UNC Asheville for most of the game until it ripped off an 11-4 run in the final two and half minutes to pull away for the win. It was a sloppy season-opening effort for the Seahawks, as they managed to shoot just 23-of-59 from the floor (.390) while committing 21 turnovers, but they were able to make up for it by forcing UNCA into a similarly poor night (.345 percent shooting, 22 turnovers). Cedrick Williams tallied a double-double with a team-high 15 points and 13 rebounds while also blocking a pair of shots and making two steals. Williams averaged just 5.5 ppg and 5.7 rpg as a freshman and so far he has taken advantage of his expanded role. Keith Rendleman, one of the best forwards in the CAA a year ago (15.3 ppg, 10.0 rpg), also got the season started on the right foot with 14 points and nine boards. Tyree Graham provided some instant offense off the bench by going 3-of-5 from three-point range en route to 12 points. Freshman guard Chris Dixon is expected to be a crucial piece, but he finished with just one point after coming away empty-handed from the floor (0-of-7).
It's hard to ask for a better opener than Richmond put forth as it managed to double up its opponent on the scoreboard. The Spiders shot 49.2 percent from the field, which included 10 three-pointers, and forced Liberty into committing more turnovers (18) than field goals made (13). Darien Brothers was the team's leading scorer a year ago with 14.6 ppg, and he picked up right where he left off to start the 2012-13 campaign by putting up 19 points on 7- of-10 from the field, including 4-of-5 from three-point range. Cedrick Lindsay scored 12 points and Kendall Anthony came off the bench to tally 11 points and four assists. Derrick Williams narrowly missed a double-double by recording eight points and 11 rebounds. Fourteen players saw action for the Spiders, with all but two contributing on the scoreboard. They hope the success is a sign of things to come, as they return each of their top four scorers from last season.
UNCW presents an interesting matchup for Richmond, as Williams and Rendleman can cause problems in the paint against a team that mostly works around the perimeter, but in the end the Spiders' experienced shooters will be too much for the Seahawks to handle.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Richmond 78, UNC Wilmington 71
11/13 10:33:44 ET