Davidson (6-5) at Richmond (9-4)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 29, 6 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Robins Center (9,071) -- Richmond, Virginia. Television: Local. Home Record: Davidson 3-1, Richmond 7-0. Away Record: Davidson 1-3, Richmond 2-3. Neutral Record: Davidson 2-1, Richmond 0-1. Conference Record: Davidson 2-0, Richmond 0-0. Series Record: Davidson leads, 29-12.
GAME NOTES: Coming off consecutive defeats, the Richmond Spiders will try to remain unbeaten at home when they battle the Davidson Wildcats in a non- conference affair on Saturday evening.
The Spiders were 67-64 losers to George Mason at Richmond Coliseum a week ago thanks to Sherrod Wright's buzzer-beating 3-pointer. Darien Brothers scored 20 points for Richmond, which lost its second in a row after a five-game win streak. Derrick Williams tallied 14 points and seven rebounds in the loss, a game in which the Spiders blew a 12-point advantage with eight minutes to play.
Richmond is 7-0 at home this season and sports a 47-8 mark in its last 55 home games. Additionally, the Spiders are 34-4 in their last 38 non-conference home contests going back to the 2007-08 season.
The success of the Spiders is tied to a balanced offensive attack, as four players average double figures in scoring, led by Brothers (14.9 ppg). The junior guard and Richmond native needs 12 points to become the 41st player in school history to reach 1,000 career points. Junior forward Derrick Williams is right behind Brothers at 14.8 ppg and he's eighth in the Atlantic 10 in rebounding at 7.0 per contest. Williams is also seventh in the conference in field goal percentage by making 56.7 percent of his attempts. Kendall Anthony comes off the bench at 12.5 points a game, while junior guard Cedrick Lindsay also posts double figures at 10.4 ppg. The Spiders have hit better than half of their total shots in the past four games, and are second in the A-10 in 3- point percentage (.382) and second in the conference with 8.3 3-pointers per outing.
Davidson is also coming off a loss, 69-58, to Drexel in Philadelphia a week ago. The Wildcats were no match for the Dragons' size, as the home team held a 40-14 rebounding advantage. De'Mon Brooks scored 16 points, while Nik Cochran and Jake Cohen each finished with 10 points for the visitors. Davidson struggled in the second half, making only 39.1 percent of its field goal attempts, including a mere 3-of-11 from beyond the 3-point arc. Brooks leads the team in scoring (15.3 ppg) and in rebounding (6.2 rpg). Cohen (12.1 ppg) is the only other player averaging double figures, but starters Cohen (9.0 ppg) and Chris Czerapowicz (9.2 ppg) are close behind.
These two schools met last year for the first time since 1976 with Davidson winning at home, 74-61. Davidson has won 29 of the 41 all-time meetings, but with Richmond's recent success at home, the Spiders will use their offensive balance to hold off the Wildcats in this battle between former Southern Conference rivals.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Richmond 75, Davidson 73
12/29 10:32:45 ET