Richmond Spiders vs. Old Dominion Monarchs Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/28/13
Old Dominion Monarchs (5-7) at Richmond Spiders (8-4)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:30 pm (Robins Center)
The Line: Richmond Spiders -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Old Dominion Monarchs battle the Richmond Spiders in commonwealth hoops action from the Robins Center Saturday at 6:30 on NBC Sports network.
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Old Dominion travels north sitting at 5-7 on the season and fresh off a solid, 69-57 win over former conference rival UNC Wilmington. The Monarchs were led by the play of Richard Ross and Kennan Palmore. The duo combined to score 33 points for the game and Ross added 10 boards as well. ODU shot the ball 49% from the field, but struggled behind the arc and from the line (33% and 52%). The Monarchs continue to rely heavily on their starters as only three other players saw time off the bench and two of those three reserves were held scoreless. The Monarchs will need to find more consistent options off the bench as conference play approaches.
Richmond has had a week off as well after falling to a solid Ohio Bobcat team at home last weekend 70-69. The Spiders and Bobcats went back and forth all game with an overtime 3 by Bobcat swingman Nick Kellogg being the difference. The Spiders were doomed by a 9 and a half minute drought in the 2nd half that allowed the Bobcats to get back into it and pull ahead briefly before the Spiders evened things back up behind the strong play of Cedrick Lindsay. Lindsay returned after a game away via injury to lead all scorers with 23 points and 5 assists. Kendall Anthony added 17 off the bench for Richmond who certainly let an opportunity for a strong OOC win slip away on their home floor.
Some trends to consider -- ODU is 4-0 against the spread in their last four Saturday games and Richmond is 6-16-2 against the spread in their last 24 non-conference games.
Richmond has the edge on the offensive and defensive end in this one and I look for Cedrick Lindsay to be the difference maker. Linsay is the best player on the floor between these two teams and I expect him to have his way with a young Old Dominion backcourt that has struggled early in the season. Richmond bounces back at home with the cover and win.