The Richmond Spiders (0-8) are off to a slow start and will try to get their first victory when they meet the Davidson Wildcats (4-5) at Robins Center. Action begins at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 30, 2017, and it can be seen on NBC Sports Network.
Davidson Wildcats at Richmond Spiders ATS Preview
In the Wildcats last matchup, they lost a close one to the New Mexico State Aggies, 69-68. Davidson’s Peyton Aldridge put together a solid game, leading both teams in scoring with 26 points on 10-for-21 shooting. New Mexico State had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (36.8 vs. 19.2). Davidson, meanwhile, did a great job of converting from the free throw line (13-15; 86.7 percent).
The Spiders are trying to rebound after their 78-73 loss to the Boston College Eagles in their last contest. Grant Golden led Richmond in scoring with 17 points on 8-for-19 shooting. Boston College had a turnover percentage of 12.3 (better than their season average of 16.5). Richmond, on the other hand, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 34.1 (above their season average of 22.3).
Richmond should be expected to protect the ball well in this contest. Since last season, Richmond ranks 39th in the nation at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 16.6 percent), while Davidson has forced the 53rd-fewest turnovers (17.2 percent). Moreover, the 56th-ranked offense of the Wildcats (offensive efficiency of 107.9) will attempt to take advantage of the 262nd-ranked defense of the Spiders (defensive efficiency of 106.1).
The Spiders won both contests against the Wildcats last season. In the most recent game, Richmond won 84-76. The Spiders played a nearly flawless game. They had a free throw rate of 0.226 and a turnover percentage of 10.3. The Wildcats were 0.105 and 16.5, respectively, for those same stats.
Davidson Wildcats vs. Richmond Spiders Odds Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Davidson, ATS Winner – Davidson, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Wildcats rank 232nd in rebounds per game (35.2) while the Spiders rank 262nd (30.7).
- Davidson is 40th in the NCAA with 6.4 steals allowed per game while Richmond is 50th with 5.6 steals allowed per game.
- Davidson averages 16.4 assists per game, which ranks seventh in the NCAA. Richmond ranks 154th in assists allowed per game (13.9).
- The Wildcats rank third in three pointers attempted per game (28.0) while the Spiders rank 126th (22.7).
- Davidson ranks 29th in blocks allowed per game (3.2) while Richmond ranks 81st (3.2).