Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Richmond, Longwood hit the road

Despite being one of five teams tied for fourth in the Atlantic 10, Richmond appears to be a real longshot to nab that 4th seed and first-round bye in the A-10 tournament. But of course, any positive scenario starts with the Spiders winning in Philadelphia tonight.

Wednesday's games

Richmond (16-10, 7-5 Atlantic 10) at LaSalle (9-18, 5-7 Atlantic 10), 7 p.m.
Potentially dangerous road game for the Spiders as the Explorers have been a dangerous team in their own building all season. LaSalle is 8-3 at Gola Arena and 5-1 in A-10 play. Some of that success is schedule - the Explorers have hosted George Washington, Rhode Island, Fordham and Saint Louis. But there were no asterisks attached to last week's 85-84 victory over third-place Charlotte, a team that had won 9 straight road games going in. The Explorers simply make more shots when they're at home - they've yet to score more than 64 points in any road game but have exceeded that total in 8 of their 11 home games with four games in the 80s. Fortunately for the Spiders, the Explorers also tend to give up points by the bushel (74 ppg allowed, last in the A-10). So while Richmond will likely need to score a lot to win this one, they shouldn't have trouble finding good looks. Richmond 78, LaSalle 69

Longwood (6-19) at Gardner-Webb (17-9), 7 p.m.
Gardner-Webb prevailed 68-58 when these teams met on Dec. 5 at Longwood, and the Lancers are just 1-12 in road games this season. The Runnin' Bulldogs have won three straight since a 56-51 loss at Liberty on Feb. 12. Gardner-Webb played that game and the three since without leading rebounder Sierra Little (9.0 ppg, 6.9 rpg), the Old Dominion transfer who has appeared in 12 games since becoming eligible at G-W after the first semester. Gardner-Webb assistant coach Krystal Reeves-Evans told the Lynchburg News and Advance that Little was out because of "personal issues."  Gardner-Webb 68, Longwood 60

No comments:

Post a Comment