Xavier (12-8) at Richmond (13-9)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 2, 6 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Robins Center (9,071) -- Richmond, Virginia.
Television: FSN-OH. Home Record: XU 8-2, UR 11-1. Away Record: XU 2-4, UR 2-7.
Neutral Record: XU 2-2, UR 0-1. Conference Record: XU 5-2, UR 3-4. Series
Record: Xavier leads, 13-4.
GAME NOTES: Hoping to continue their stellar play in the friendly confines
of the Robins Center, the Richmond Spiders entertain the Xavier Musketeers in
an Atlantic 10 Conference matchup on Saturday evening.
Since opening conference play with four straight wins, the Musketeers promptly
lost two in a row. They got back on track with a 66-61 victory over Dayton on
Wednesday night, and now play the next two on the road. They are currently
tied with VCU for first place in the A-10 standings.
Richmond returns home after a two-game road trip where it dropped both
contests, the most recent being a 71-64 decision at Temple on Wednesday night.
The Spiders are looking to win their fifth straight home game and improve to
12-1 at the Robins Center this season. Their only home loss came against
Davidson back on Dec. 15. The Spiders' best record playing more than 10 home
games was a 14-1 mark during the 2009-10 season.
Xavier leads the series with Richmond, 13-4, including wins in nine of the
last 10 regular-season meetings. XU is 6-1 against UR at the Robins Center,
and the Musketeers won last year's tussle at Cintas Center, 65-57.
Xavier defeated Dayton behind 14 points from sophomore Dee Davis. The
Musketeers dominated the rebounding battle, 36-18, including a 20-10 margin on
the offensive glass. Senior Travis Taylor grabbed a game-high 11 boards, as XU
defeated UD for the 28th straight time in Cincinnati.
One of the top freshmen in the conference, Semaj Christon leads XU in scoring
(10th overall and first among freshmen in the A-10 at 14.8 ppg.), assists
(sixth overall and second among freshmen at 4.6 apg) and steals (1.5 spg).
Taylor adds 11.3 ppg on 54.0 percent shooting from the floor, and he leads the
team in rebounding (8.2 rpg). Xavier allows its opponents to score only 60.7
ppg (52nd in the nation), while shooting just 40.5 percent from the field. A
very good defensive squad, Xavier is in the top-five in the A-10 in scoring
defense (60.8 ppg), field goal percentage defense (.409), and 3-point field
goal percentage defense (.318).
On Wednesday night, the Spiders erased a 10-point, second-half deficit, but
the Temple Owls were able to hold on for the victory. Senior Darien Brothers
scored a game-high 22 points, which included a 5-of-10 showing from 3-point
range, while sophomore Kendall Anthony added 10 points off the bench.
Leading the team is Brothers, who is sixth in the conference in scoring at
16.2 ppg. He is also tops the A-10 and second in the nation in 3-point
percentage (.474), and is third in the A-10 and in the top-25 in the nation in
both 3-pointers made per game (3.0) and free throw percentage (.882). As a
team, UR leads the league in 3-pointers made per game (8.5) and is second in
the league in 3-point percentage (.381). Richmond's second-leading scorer and
leading rebounder, junior forward Derrick Williams (13.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg), has
missed the last eight games, but could be available on Saturday. Sophomore
guard Kendall Anthony (13.0 ppg) injured his knee in the closing minutes of
Wednesday's game and is also listed as questionable.
Although the Spiders have been nearly unbeatable team at home this season, the
Musketeers have never had a problem playing and winning games at Richmond.
With injuries to key players, combined with XU's defensive prowess, Richmond
will have difficultly scoring points and will likely see its recent run of
success at home come to an end.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Xavier 67, Richmond 60
02/02 11:33:21 ET