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Minnesota (2-0) at Richmond (2-0)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 16, 7 p.m. (et)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Robins Center (6,721) -- Richmond, Virginia. Television: CBS6. Home Record: Minnesota 2-0, Richmond 2-0. Away Record: Minnesota 0-0, Richmond 0-0. Neutral Record: Minnesota 0-0, Richmond 0-0. Conference Record: Minnesota 0-0, Richmond 0-0. Series Record: Series is tied-1-1.

GAME NOTES: The Richmond Spiders continue a four-game homestand to begin the season, as they welcome the Minnesota Golden Gophers to the Robins Center for a non-conference showdown.

The Richard Pitino era in Minneapolis has started off strong, with Minnesota crushing both Lehigh (81-62) and Montana (84-58) on their home floor. The Golden Gophers headed in a different direction at the top despite winning 23 games a season ago, the most since the 1989-90 campaign. With a solid nucleus returning and some exciting newcomers added to the roster, Pitino should be able to keep Minnesota competing in the Big Ten this season.

Chris Mooney's Spiders are also off to a fast start, with wins over Delaware (71-69) and Belmont (69-61) thus far. Richmond returns eight of its top 10 scorers from last year's team that went 19-15 overall and 8-8 in the Atlantic 10.

This is the third meeting between these two programs. Minnesota evened the series up at 1-1 with a 72-57 decision in Minneapolis last season.

Scoring has not been a problem for Minnesota in the early going, as the team has gone over the 80-point mark in both games, while shooting a steady .450 from the floor. The 3-point shot has been prevalent in the Minnesota attack, with 20 made over two games. Andre Hollins has led the charge offensively, with 21.0 ppg. Joey King (14.5 ppg) has been a nice addition coming off the bench, while Austin Hollins (11.0 ppg) continues to produce as well.

In the rout of Montana, Andre Hollins led all scorers with 24 points, going 8- of-14 from the floor and a perfect 5-of-5 from the free-throw line. Deandre Mathieu added 15 points, while Austin Hollins recorded a career-first double- double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

The Spiders were able to hold off Belmont last time out, despite shooting a modest .414 from the field. The first half saw both teams shoot the lights out, with Richmond hitting 53.6 percent against Belmont's 56.5 percent. However, both teams went cold after the break, hovering around the 30 percent mark the rest of the way. Terry Allen led three Spiders in double figures with 16 points. Cedrick Lindsay poured in 15 points, while Kendall Anthony came off the bench with 14.

Lindsay has been solid in the early stages of the season, shooting an even 50 percent from the floor en route to a team-high 17.5 ppg. Allen (13.5 ppg) has been even better with his efficiency at just under 60 percent shooting (.588). Anthony (11.5 ppg) rounds out the top scoring threats thus far. Sophomore forward Trey Davis (6.0 ppg) hasn't done much in the scoring column, but he has been a beast on the glass with 20 rebounds in two games.

Richmond is a tough team on its home floor, but the Golden Gophers have a little more depth offensively and behind the play of Andre Hollins, should be able to win on the road here.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Minnesota 74, Richmond 69

11/16 10:43:10 ET