Wake Forest (3-3) at Richmond (5-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 1, 6 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Robins Center (9,071) -- Richmond, Virginia. Television: None. Home Record: Wake Forest 2-1, Richmond 5-0. Away Record: Wake Forest 0-0, Richmond 0-2. Neutral Record: Wake Forest 1-2, Richmond 0-0. Conference Record: Wake Forest 0-0, Richmond 0-0. Series Record: Wake Forest leads, 38-11.
GAME NOTES: The Wake Forest Demon Deacons will play their first true road game of the season against a familiar foe as they travel to the Robins Center to play the Richmond Spiders on Saturday.
The Demon Deacons were unable to overcome a poor shooting performance in the opening half on Tuesday and lost 79-63 to Nebraska in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge at home. The setback ended a two-game winning streak for coach Jeff Bzdelik's team, which is now 3-3. Both of the Demon Deacons' prior losses came in the Paradise Jam to Connecticut and Iona. Wake Forest is decent on the offensive end with an average of 69.7 points per game on 45.3 percent shooting from the field, but its defense needs to improve as its opponents are producing 74.2 ppg on 45.6 percent shooting.
Richmond is riding some momentum into this one after it outlasted William & Mary for an 86-78 victory in a double-overtime thriller on Wednesday. The team needed to erase a five-point deficit in the first overtime to survive the bout with the Tribe. The Spiders will now look to make it two in a row to improve upon their 5-2 start to the season. Coach Chris Mooney knows how to get it done at home. His squad is 32-4 versus non-conference opposition in its last 36 games at the Robins Center. Richmond has used its very active defense to charge its strong start. The Spiders are averaging 9.8 steals per game, forcing 17.0 turnovers per game and scoring 22.3 points per game off turnovers.
Although the Demon Deacons own a 38-11 edge in the all-time series between these schools, the Spiders will be looking to win their third straight in the rivalry. Wake Forest is also 9-4 in its history at the Robins Center versus Richmond.
Their last time out, the Demon Deacons went into the intermission trailing 28-24 after they made only 32.1 percent of their field goal attempts. They then allowed the Cornhuskers to convert 62.1 percent of their field goal attempts and 12-of-16 at the charity stripe in the final 20 minutes of action. Madison Jones came off the bench to score a team-high 14 points and Codi Miller-McIntyre scored 11 points. Travis McKie and C.J. Harris were both bottled up by the Cornhuskers, as they combined to make only 3-of-17 field goal attempts in the contest. Wake Forest can not afford poor performances out of McKie (14.3 ppg) and Harris (13.5 ppg), as they are the only two players on the team scoring in double figures. McKie is also grabbing a team-best 8.7 rebounds per game.
The Spiders jumped out to an early lead in the second overtime versus William & Mary with an 8-0 run to hang on for the win. The team overcame 19 turnovers and a lack of offensive rebounds to hold off the CAA school. Darien Brothers paced the team with 20 points while Derrick Williams contributed a double- double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Kendall Anthony, Greg Robbins, and Cedrick Lindsay all reached double-figures as well. Brothers is leading the team in scoring with 15.7 ppg while knocking down 51.5 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc. Anthony is a close second with 15.1 ppg and Williams is adding 13 ppg. Williams is also a factor on the boards with 7.1 rpg.
Richmond has been able to find success in the early going this season due to a team effort. The Spiders are displaying very good ball movement on their offensive possessions and holding opponents to nearly 10 points less per game on the other end of the floor. Wake Forest is a dangerous team when McKie and Harris are both playing well, but it does not look like it belongs in the ACC when even one of them is ineffective.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Richmond 73, Wake Forest 64
12/01 10:31:37 ET