Thu, Mar 17, 2:45pm by Kevin Pitstock
Game: Vanderbilt vs. Richmond
Date/Time: Friday March 18th, 2011 / 8:10am AEST
With the NCAA tournament getting underway, it’s time for some excellent match-ups between excellent college basketball teams. This battle features the Commodores of Vanderbilt against the Spiders of Richmond. Vanderbilt finished third in their division in the SEC; behind both Florida and Kentucky, while the Spiders finished the regular season third in the Atlantic Ten conference. Vanderbilt was bounced in the conference tournament by Florida, while the Spiders went all the way to the Atlantic Ten conference tournament championship, and beat the Flyers from Dayton. This game is out of the Southwest region, with the winner taking on either Morehead State or Louisville.
Vanderbilt Commodores Overview:
Kevin Stallings and his bunch struggled down the stretch losing four of their last seven games overall. The Commodores beat North Carolina, Marquette and St. Mary’s in the non-conference portion of their schedule. The Commodores lost just two games outside of SEC play; which were to West Virginia and Missouri.
John Jenkins and Jeffrey Taylor led the charge for the Commodores. They combined for over 34 points per game, and also took charge on the defensive end. The Commodores scored 76.2 points per game, which was 30th in all of college basketball. Vanderbilt has been to the NCAA tournament 11 times, but only picked up 9 wins. The Commodores have never been to the Final Four.
Richmond Spiders Overview:
The Spiders are making a repeat trip to the NCAA tournament. Richmond finished the regular season with a 27-7 record, and 13-3 in Atlantic Ten play. Richmond has won seven straight games, including wins over Rhode Island, Temple and Dayton in the A-10 touirnament. The Spiders have been to the NCAA tournament 8 times, and hold a record of 6-8 all-time.
Justin Harper and Kevin Anderson key the way for the Spiders. They are combining to score more than 34 points per game. The Spiders in the non-conference portion of their schedule picked up wins over Purdue and VCU. Richmond also took bad losses to Iona and Wake Forest.
This has the makings of upset written all over it. The Commodores have not played well, and outside of Kentucky and Florida weren’t tested through much of January and February. The Atlantic Ten is a very underrated conference, with many teams that are very competitive. With the lights on, we look for the mighty Spiders of Richmond to come away with the win in this one.
Our pick: Richmond + 3 over Vanderbilt. Bet Richmond at Centrebet!
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