Richmond (6-2) at Old Dominion (1-6)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, December 4, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Ted Constant Convocation Center (8,472) -- Norfolk, Virginia. Television: NBCSN. Home Record: Richmond 6-0, ODU 1-3. Away Record: Richmond 0-2, ODU 0-3. Neutral Record: Richmond 0-0, ODU 0-0. Conference Record: Richmond 0-0, ODU 0-0. Series Record: ODU leads 29-23. .
GAMES NOTES: A instate rivalry will be rekindled when the Richmond Spiders and the Old Dominion Monarchs collide at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Virginia on Tuesday.
It has been a rather nice start to the season for Richmond which enters this game with wins in three of its last four games, and a 6-2 overall record. The most recent win came in thrilling fashion with the Spiders toppling Wake Forest 62-60. However Richmond has benefited from a home-heavy early season slate as all six of the wins have come at home. Richmond will play another team from Virginia next when it visits James Madison.
The early season has not been so kind to Old Dominion which has lost five games in six chances and is currently riding a five-game losing streak. The Monarchs' lone win of the season did come at home, but they are just 1-3 overall in Norfolk. Old Dominion is beginning a three-game homestand in this contest which will continue against VCU on Friday.
Richmond outlasted Old Dominion to earn a 90-82 win in overtime last season. Even with the win, Richmond still trails to all-time series 29-23.
A 3-pointer from Kendall Anthony with a little more than a minute left gave Richmond a 57-54 lead over Wake Forest and the Spiders were then able to hold on in the final minute to secure the win. Richmond overcame a 38.1 percent shooting night to secure the victory behind a massive 26-point, 10-rebound double-double from Derrick Williams.
On the season Richmond has boasted a scoring differential of +8.8 by netting 71.2 points per game, while surrendering 62.4. However, those numbers are largely influenced by blowouts of Liberty (84-42) and UNC-Wilmington (101-58) in the first two games of the season. Since then the Spiders have won only one game by more than eight points and have suffered two losses of at least 15 points. A trio of scorers are putting in at least 14 points a game for the Spiders. Williams (14.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg) and Anthony (14.6 ppg) are the team leaders, with Williams carrying the team's rebounding efforts. Darien Brothers (14.4 ppg) is the third member of that scoring club and teams with Anthony in the backcourt. Cedrick Lindsay (9.3 ppg, 3.3 apg) is a nice fourth option at the point.
Old Dominion trailed by as many as 15 points against William & Mary and just didn't have enough to get back in the game at the end. The Monarchs shot just 41.4 percent in the game while allowing the Tribe to settle in at an even 50.0 percent. The Monarchs were also outscored from both the 3-point arc (27-21) and the free-throw line (12-7). Keenan Palmore did a bit of everything in the losing effort, scoring 17 points, bringing in six rebounds and handing out five assists.
Although its record may say otherwise, Old Dominion has been competitive this season with all but one of its losses coming by single digits. Overall the team is suffering from a -4.5 scoring differential by putting in 63.9 points per game while shooting 40.6 percent from the field. The Monarchs have traditionally been a solid rebounding team and that has continued with the team having a +8.0 edge on the boards. The Monarchs rely on a more balanced offensive approach with eight different players scoring at least five points per game. Dimitri Batten (10.4 ppg) is the only player on the team scoring in double figures. DeShawn Painter (8.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg) is the lead rebounder on a team in which four different players bring in at least five boards a contest. Donte Hill (9.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg) could be scoring more if he shot better from the floor (32.8 FG percentage).
Both of these teams own records that are somewhat misleading. Richmond is certainly a solid team but has been able to rack up close wins at home while Old Dominion has struggled to get wins despite keeping games close. Right now Richmond seems to just know how to win, while Old Dominion is still trying to figure that out.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Richmond 69, Old Dominion 64
12/04 10:54:43 ET