Duquesne (8-21) at Richmond (17-13)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 9, 6 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Robins Center (9,071) -- Richmond, Virginia. Television: None. Home Record: Duquesne 6-9, Richmond 14-2. Away Record: Duquesne 2-11, Richmond 3-10. Neutral Record: Duquesne 0-1, Richmond 0-1. Conference Record: Duquesne 1-14, Richmond 7-8. Series Record: Richmond leads, 14-9.
GAME NOTES: The Richmond Spiders can punch their ticket to the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament with a win over the visiting Duquesne Dukes on Saturday at the Robins Center.
Richmond entered the weekend in a four-way tie for ninth place in the conference standings and can clinch a spot in the A-10 Tournament with a win or a George Washington home loss to Dayton (2 p.m. tip). After winning three in a row, the Spiders have lost their last two contests, including Wednesday's 93-82 decision at No. 19 VCU. Still, they are 14-2 at home this season, and a win tonight would tie the single-season school record for home wins.
The season ends tonight for a Duquesne squad that has gone just 1-14 in league play. The Dukes are coming off an 89-87 overtime loss to Charlotte earlier this week. They have posted only two victories in 14 tries outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania all season.
Duquesne notched an 81-72 win over Richmond last February to snap the Spiders' 14-game winning streak in the head-to-head series. Still, Richmond leads the series, 14-9.
Duquesne found itself in rare position against Charlotte, leading by as many as 17 points with 10 minutes to play in regulation. However, the good vibes did not last much longer from there, as the 49ers pulled off the improbable rally to force overtime, and they later disposed of the Dukes in the extra session. Duquesne tied a season-high with 12 3-pointers for the game (.571) but was simply unable to overcome 14 turnovers in the second half and overtime. Point guard Derrick Colter led the way with 21 points and 11 assists in the loss, while teammate Sean Johnson scored 20. First-year coach Jim Ferry has had three freshmen in his starting lineup for each of the past seven games. Colter (14.7 ppg), forward Quevyn Winters (13.3 ppg) and swing man Jeremiah Jones (8.1 ppg) have certainly rewarded their coach's faith by accounting for more than half of the team's points in that span, although late-game collapses like Wednesday's also come with the territory.
Richmond and Duquesne rank No. 1 and 2 in the A-10 in 3-pointers made per game, although the Dukes are 11th in 3-point percentage (.337) while UR is second (.381). The Spiders also top the conference in free throws made (495) as 23 percent of their points come from the charity stripe, the largest percentage in the A-10. Cedrick Lindsay has scored in double figures in nine of the last 11 games and is averaging 17.9 points in the last seven. In three of his last five games, Lindsay has matched his career-high of 22 points. He reached that total in Wednesday's loss at nationally-ranked VCU, while freshman Terry Allen posted his first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Alonzo Nelson-Ododa and Kendall Anthony chipped in with 11 points apiece. Both teams shot 54 percent from the floor, but the Rams held a 28-11 scoring edge at the foul line and committed only six turnovers for the game.
Depending on the outcome of the GW-Dayton game earlier in the day, Richmond could potentially be in the A-10 Tournament field before this game tips. Regardless, expect the Spiders to leave it all on their home floor.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Richmond 77, Duquesne 57
03/09 10:39:31 ET