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,
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
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