Richmond (14-14) at Saint Joseph's (18-10)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 22nd, 7:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Hagan Arena (4,200) -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Television: None. Home Record: Richmond 10-4, SJU 11-2. Away Record: Richmond 3-9, SJU 5-7. Neutral Record: Richmond 1-1, SJU 2-1. Conference Record: Richmond 5-8, SJU 8-5. Series Record: Richmond leads, 14-5.
GAME NOTES: The Saint Joseph's Hawks try to continue their rapid ascent in the Atlantic-10 Conference standings tonight when they welcome the Richmond Spiders to Hagan Arena in Philadelphia.
Richmond's up and down season has led to a 14-14 record and a 10th-place standing in the A-10 with a 5-8 mark. The Spiders have not fared well on the road, winning just three of their 12 games outside of Richmond. Though they have lost seven of their last 10 tilts, the Spiders are coming off a win on Saturday, defeating Charlotte in dramatic fashion, 53-52.
After suffering through some disappointing campaigns in the recent past, Saint Joseph's has bounced back here in 2011-12 to the tune of an 18-10 overall record and it currently sits alone in fourth place in the A-10 with an 8-5 league ledger. The Hawks have been especially good of late, winning five of their last six games, including a 73-66 road win at George Washington on Saturday. The success has been plentiful at Hagan Arena as well as the Hawks have gone 11-2 in front of the Philly faithful.
Saint Joseph's won in Richmond earlier this month, 70-60, to snap a three-game losing streak to the Spiders. The Hawks lead the all-time series, 14-5.
Richmond struggled at the offensive end of the court in Saturday's game, shooting 38.3 percent from the field while turning the ball over 19 times, but it held Charlotte to only 39.2 percent shooting, which kept the game close enough for Cedrick Lindsay to make a game-winning lay-up with 16 second left in regulation. Kendall Anthony continued his impressive freshman campaign in the win as he was the only Spider to register double digits in points, finishing with 17. Darien Brothers paces the offensive attack this year with 13.5 ppg, though Anthony is right on his heels at 13.4 ppg. Both players are stellar from the three-point line, draining 4.3 three-pointers per game between them at a 40 percent clip. Lindsay (11.3 ppg, 4.0 apg) and Derrick Williams (11 ppg, 5.5 rpg) round out a balanced scoring attack for Richmond, which averages 69.4 ppg and ranks ninth nationally in free-throw percentage (.764).
Saint Joseph's is one of the more well-balanced teams in the A-10, ranking sixth in both scoring offense (71.8 ppg) and scoring defense (67.4 ppg). The Hawks continued with their success on both ends of the floor in Saturday's win as they connected on 44.8 percent of their field goal attempts and 7-of-14 of their three-point tries while holding George Washington to 41.4 percent shooting overall. Langston Galloway scored 18 points, Daryus Quarles had a season-high 15 points, and Halil Kanacevic tallied his sixth double-double of the year with 10 points and 13 rebounds in the victory. The Hawks have one of the league's best guard tandems in Carl Jones (16.4 ppg, 3.3 apg) and Galloway (15.5 ppg, .495 field goal percentage) as both rank in the top-10 in the conference in scoring. The contributions don't stop there however, with C.J. Aiken (11.4, 5.3 rpg), Ronald Roberts, Jr. (10.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg) and Kanacevic (7.9 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.8 bpg) all chipping in on a nightly basis.
Saint Joseph's is playing some of its best basketball of the season at this juncture, and that combined with the raucous Hawk home crowd spells a difficult time for Richmond.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Saint Joseph's 76, Richmond 66
02/22 10:34:43 ET