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Charlotte (12-12) at Richmond (13-14)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 18th, 6:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Robins Center (9,071) -- Richmond, Virginia. Television: None. Home Record: Charlotte 6-5, Richmond 9-4. Away Record: Charlotte 6-7, Richmond 3-9. Neutral Record: Charlotte 0-0, Richmond 1-1. Conference Record: Charlotte 4-7, Richmond 4-8. Series Record: Richmond leads, 9-7.
GAMES NOTES: The Charlotte 49ers will look to take a sweep of the season series when they travel to the Robins Center to take on the Richmond Spiders in Atlantic 10 action.
The first matchup between these teams this season opened the conference schedule for each squad and it was Charlotte that ended on the winning side putting up a 75-70 victory at home. Last season on its run to the A-10 Tournament Championship, Richmond swept the season series but now only leads the all-time series 9-7.
Charlotte opened the A-10 schedule well enough winning its first two games in conference play but has really dropped off since. The 49ers have lost seven of their last nine games in conference play including a six-game losing streak at the end of January. Richmond begins a three-game homestand with a matchup against George Washington next.
Richmond hasn't been the same team as it was a year ago and is just 4-8 in conference play on the season. The Spiders have suffered back-to-back losses of late and have dropped five of their last six games overall. Richmond will be on the road against Saint Joseph's in its next outing.
Charlotte learned first hand how difficult it is to play against Dayton on the road in its last outing as the 49ers were downed 75-65 by the Flyers. Although the teams shot similar percentages with Dayton at 44.0 percent and Charlotte at 41.8 percent, the difference came from three-point range as the Flyers outscored the 49ers 33-6.
Chris Braswell did his best to carry Charlotte in the loss, scoring a season- high 27 points. Braswell (15.1 ppg, 7.3 rpg) has been a consistently solid scorer for an otherwise weak 49er offense and continued to will himself to the basket against the Flyers, going 10-of-13 from the free-throw line. Braswell is also the team's leading rebounder but pulled down only four in the loss. As a team Charlotte is the 12th best offense in terms of scoring and shooting. The 49ers score 67.8 points per game while shooting 41.1 percent from the floor. Javarris Barnett (12.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg) and DeMario Mayfield (10.7 ppg, 6.8 rpg) have been effective scorers, but there is little scoring to be found after that with Jamar Briscoe (7.8 ppg) the next highest scorer on the team.
Richmond was taken down easily by Saint Louis its last time out as the Spiders shot just 35.3 percent including 1-of-15 from three point range in taking a 64-50 loss. Richmond's defense also struggled allowing the Billikens to knock down 48.9 percent of its shots from the floor while also taking a 38-24 deficit on the boards.
Rebounding has been a real issue for the Spiders this season as they bring down a conference worst 30.3 boards per game. Richmond is also in the bottom half of the conference in scoring (70.0 ppg) and field goal percentage (.426). Lead scorer Darien Brothers (13.7 ppg) has been rather inconsistent of late scoring in double figures on and off over the last six games although he did manage to pour in 19 in the loss to Saint Louis. The current inconsistencies come after Brothers scored in double figures in 12 straight games earlier in the season. Cedrick Lindsay (11.5 ppg) and Derrick Williams (11.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg) are the other Spiders averaging in double figures. Senior forward Darrius Garrett (5.1 ppg, 6.7 rpg) may not be a prolific scorer but he has been a defensive force in the paint blocking 3.5 shots per game, which is the second best mark in the conference.
Richmond has still been a solid team at home this season with a 9-4 record at the Robins Center this season. With Garrett matched up with Braswell, the Spiders will be able to limit Charlotte's best scoring threat and post a win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Richmond 72, Charlotte 67
02/18 10:39:33 ET
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