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Richmond Spiders vs. Ohio Bobcats Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/22/13

Ohio Bobcats (7-3) at Richmond Spiders (8-3)

College Basketball: Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 1:00 pm (Robins Center)

The Line: Richmond Spiders -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic

The 7-3 Ohio Bobcats visit the 8-3 Richmond Spiders in MAC-A10 action from the Robins Center Sunday at 1PM.

Ohio fell to 7-3 and suffered their second loss in the past 3 contest as they fell to 22nd ranked UMass 83-71 this past week.  The Bobcats shot themselves in the foot in this contest as they shot the ball horrible from the free throw line and knocked and 23% from behind the arc  UMass controlled the tempo and won the game with more physical play.  Maurice Ndour led the Bobcats scoring efforts with 16 points and added 6 boards and 4 assists.  Nick Kellogg chipped in 12 for Ohio but no other players reached double figures.  The Bobcats defense struggled mightily in this one as well, allowing the Minutemen to shoot it over 60% from the floor and from deep.

Richmond Spiders vs. Ohio Bobcats Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/22/13

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Richmond got back in the win column this week after a loss that saw them end their recent four game winning streak.  The Spiders got out early on Coppin State and never looked back in the 71-49 win.  The Spiders were without their best player, Cedrick Lindsay, who missed the game with a knee strain.  Richmond found reliable scoring options elsewhere, led by Kendall Anthony’s 18 points and Trey Davis’s 12 off the bench.  The Spiders shot it 50% from the floor (26-52) and had 13 assists to just 3 for Coppin State.  The win moved Richmond to 5-1 at home this year.

Some trends to consider -- Ohio is 4-1 against the spread in their last 5 Sunday games and Richmond is 3-1-1 in their last 5 overall.

This game features two teams that have been very successful at the mid-major level in recent years.  With Cedrick Lindsay back in the fold and the home court advantage, I like the Spiders to hold court versus Ohio in this one.  Expect a big game for Lindsay in his return to the court and if Kendall Anthony can continue to shoot the ball well, the Spiders could be well on their way to challenging for the A-10 title.

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