Opponent Previews: Richmond (2/28)

Opponent: Richmond Spiders
League: Atlantic 10 Conference

Record: 9-19 (7-9)

Notable Wins: Duquesne (15-14), VCU  (16-13) (2), Davidson (17-10) (2),
Other Wins: George Washington, UAB, James Madison, La Salle, 

Notable Losses: Delaware (13-18), Jacksonville State (20-11), Old Dominion (22-6), Bucknell (22-9), Fordham (9-19), GW (13-16), Saint Joseph’s (13-15), Dayton (13-15)
Other Losses: Cincinnati, URI, St. Bonaventure, Boston College, Saint Louis (2), Louisiana Lafayette, Georgetown, Vermont, Wake Forest, Dayton

Team Stats:                             UMass                            Richmond                     Conference Rank
Points Per Game                   71.7 (Tied-240th)             69.9 (270th)                         10th vs 11th
Rebounds Per Game            33.2 (294th)                    30.3 (344th)                 10th vs 13th
Assists Per Game                   15.5 (63rd)                     14.8 (107th)                 3rd vs 6th 
Points Allowed                      74.2 (230th)                     14.8 (107th)

Starting 5:

Grant Golden: #33 Forward, 6’10, 260 lbs
15.4 PPG    6.4 RPG    2.2 APG    .6 SPG    1.3 BPG    .496 FG%

De’Monte Buckingham: #11 Guard, 6’4, 230 lbs
12.3 PPG    7.1 RPG    3.3 APG    .9 SPG    .4 BPG    .422 FG%

Nick Sherod: #5 Guard, 6’4, 230 lbs
13.9 PPG    5.0 RPG    1.3 APG    .9 SPG    .391 3P%

Jacob Gilyard: #0 Guard, 5’9 160 lbs
10.9 PPG    2.3 RPG    4.0 APG    2.8 SPG    .346 3P%

Khwan Fore: 
10.4  PPG   3.2 RPG   2.6 APG   1.0 SPG    .447 FG%

Prediction:

72-70 UMass

Keys to the Game:
1. Push the ball in transition to tire the Spiders
2. Attack the basket with aggression and get to the foul line.
3. Contain Nick Sherod and Jacob Gilyard from three point land
4. With the return of Pipkins, must continue confident play and not rely on bailout possessions
5. Malik Hines winning/competing in his matchup for the Spiders best player Grant Golden

 

 

 

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