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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 13, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: .Hagan Arena (4,200) -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Television: TCN-PHILA. Home Record: UR 12-2, SJU 7-3. Away Record: UR 2-7, SJU 5-5. Neutral Record: UR 0-1, SJU 1-1. Conference Record: UR 4-5, SJU 4-5. Series Record: Saint Joseph's leads, 14-6.
GAME NOTES: Two squads with identical conference records meet in Philadelphia on Wednesday night, as the Richmond Spiders pay a visit to the Saint Joseph's Hawks in an Atlantic 10 Conference showdown.
After dropping a 56-46 decision to Saint Louis on Saturday, the Spiders have now lost three of their last four outings. They currently sit at 14-10 overall, and 4-5 in the A-10.
The Hawks have dropped two in a row, most recently an 80-62 decision to Massachusetts, also on Saturday. Prior to their current skid, they had a three-game win streak, which ended on Feb. 6 at Dayton. SJU is 13-9 on the season, and owns the same 4-5 league ledger as Richmond.
Although the Hawks lead the all-time series, 14-6, Richmond has won each of its last three visits to Hawk Hill, including a 52-49 win last February. The Spiders have won four of the last five meetings overall.
Saint Louis held Richmond to 23.3 percent shooting in handing the Spiders just their second home loss of the season last Saturday night. Junior Cedrick Lindsay led the Spiders with a season-high 20 points. He was the only UR player to reach double figures. Redshirt freshman Alonzo Nelson-Ododa blocked six shots, which ties for the sixth-most blocks in a game in school history.
Darien Brothers (15.7 ppg) leads the Spiders in scoring, while Kendall Anthony (12.7 ppg) is third and Lindsay (10.1 ppg) fourth for a team that is second in the A-10 in 3-point shooting. Richmond is connecting at a 37.6 percent clip from beyond the arc. It is the worst rebounding team in the conference though, pulling down just 29.0 rpg.
Four Hawks scored in double figures on Saturday night, but it wasn't enough as the team fell at Massachusetts by double digits. Langston Galloway had 14 points, Carl Jones had 13 and Ronald Roberts, Jr. posted 10, while Halil Kanacevic scored all 12 of his points in the second half. The Minutemen were hot from the field, shooting 51.8 percent for the game. The Hawks made good on only 39.2 percent of their total shots, and were guilty of 14 turnovers.
On the season, Jones leads the team with 14.9 points per game, while Galloway is close behind with 13.7 ppg. That duo has combined for nearly 60 percent of SJU's 3-pointers. Down low, C.J. Aiken (11.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg) and Roberts, the league's top rebounder (11.0 ppg, 8.6 rpg), lead the way. As a unit, the Hawks head the conference in blocked shots, swatting away 6.1 per game. They are scoring 68.3 ppg and giving up 65.0 ppg.
This bout features two teams trying to separate themselves from the middle of the conference pack, but having little success to this point. Give the edge to the Hawks, given their strong play at home and their advantage on the boards.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Saint Joseph's 65, Richmond 60
02/13 10:39:14 ET