Richmond (3-0) at Minnesota (3-0)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, November 18, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Williams Arena (14,625) -- Minneapolis, Minnesota. Television: Big Ten Network. Home Record: Richmond 3-0, Minnesota 3-0. Away Record: Richmond 0-0, Minnesota 0-0. Neutral Record: Richmond 0-0, Minnesota 0-0. Conference Record: Richmond 0-0, Minnesota 0-0. Series Record: Richmond leads 1-0.
GAME NOTES: Two undefeated teams will clash in Minneapolis on Sunday evening, as the Richmond Spiders come calling on the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Williams Arena.
The Spiders have gotten off to a quick 3-0 start and are fresh off a win over Hampton 68-58 in what was there closest game to date. They have outscored their opponents 253-158 after three games, dominating at both ends of the floor. However, all of Richmond's games have come at home, so this is the team's first road test of the season.
The Golden Gophers have also started off 3-0, and will close out a four-game homestand with this contest. Minnesota has also looked good at both ends of the court as they have outscored the opposition by a combined 226-135. Minnesota enters this contest off a 72-43 rout of Tennessee State.
These teams have met once before on March 18, 2002. Richmond won the game 67-66 in the NIT.
Richmond has started off wins over Liberty (84-42), UNCW (101,58), and Hampton. The team has been led by Darien Brothers, who is averaging 19.7 ppg and shooting 59.4 percent from the field. Kendall Anthony has added 13 ppg, hitting 7-of-10 three-pointers so far, while Derrick Williams has contributed 10.3 ppg and leads the team with 6.0 rpg. The Spiders have looked sharp at the offensive end in particular, converting a healthy 49.7 percent of their shots into an impressive 84.3 ppg. The team is yielding just 52.7 ppg, for an eye- popping +31.6 scoring margin. In the win over Hampton, Brothers was right on his season average, leading all scorers with 19 points. Anthony and Cedrick Lindsay followed with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Coach Tubby Smith is in his sixth season with the Gophers who are off to a great start so far after a 23-win season a year ago. Minnesota has been fantastic at both ends, averaging 75.3 points a game on 46.8 percent from the field, while giving up just 45.0 ppg on an anemic .266 shooting. Austin Hollins leads the offensive charge with 15.0 ppg, getting it done on a healthy 53.1 percent shooting. Rodney Williams is a close second in the scoring column at 14.3 ppg on a ridiculous 79.2 percent effort from the floor (19-of-24). Joe Coleman rounds out the double-digit threats at 10.0 ppg.
In the blowout win over Tennessee State on Thursday, Minnesota putt on another dazzling defensive performance, forcing 20 turnovers, holding TSU to a .237 shooting performance and winning the battle on the boards, 46-37. Williams led the team with 15 points in the win. Andre Hollins added 13 points, while Austin Hollins finished with 12.
Both teams have been impressive this season. With Minnesota playing at home for the fourth consecutive game and Richmond traveling for the first time, the scales are tipped in the Gophers' favor.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Minnesota 67, Richmond 61
11/18 10:43:57 ET