Richmond Spiders at Hampton Pirates
|Date & Time||Tuesday December 3, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Richmond -11; Total 150
Richmond (6-1) is off to a hot start, as it seems just about every Atlantic 10 Conference team has, and the Spiders will look to stay that way in its first road game of the season when they travel to Convocation Center in Hampton, Va. to face the Hampton Pirates (3-4) on Tuesday. While Hampton might have the worst record, the Pirates are 3-0 and will look to stay unbeaten at home.
There may be a problem for Hampton, however, considering that all three home games resulted in wins against non-NCAA Division I competition. The Pirates opened with a 112-52 win over Mid-Atlantic Christian University, a school that is not a member of any division of the NCAA or NAIA, but instead the USCAA or United States Collegiate Athletic Association. That was followed by another blowout win over a USCAA team, a 95-63 win over Newport News Apprentice. The third and final home win was another rout as the Pirates crushed National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association (NCCAA) member Regent University, 93-50.
Compare that with road losses made up of a 78-65 loss at William & Mary, a 120-71 loss at Illinois, an 89-73 loss at San Francisco, and a 70-57 defeat at the hands of CSU Bakersfield, and a more clear picture of Hampton’s season can be understood.
In that loss to Bakersfield, Hampton senior Jermaine Marrow was the lone Pirate to score in double figures with 21 points before fouling out. He scored those points on 6-of-18 shooting from the field. Hampton’s starters actually outscored Bakersfield’s by a 42-35 margin, but the Pirates’ bench was outscored 35-15 in the loss.
Marrow is the fourth-ranked scorer in NCAA Division I averaging 24.9 points per game but is shooting just 41.4 percent from the field and 29.8 percent from 3-point range. Sophomore Benjamin Stanley is the only other Pirate to average in double figures with 17.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.
Richmond enters the game on an up-and-down season after becoming just the second team in the past 10 seasons to open a season with back-to-back overtime games. Fortunately for the Spiders, they won both games -- a 100-98 overtime win over St. Francis (PA) and a 93-92 overtime victory against Vanderbilt. After that point, Richmond settled in earning blowout wins over CSU Northridge and McNeese before knocking off Wisconsin, 62-52. Richmond fell to No. 19 Auburn 79-65 in the final of the Legends Classic before returning home to crush Boston College by 20 points.
Junior Jacob Gilyard led all scorers with 22 points on 4-of-8 shooting from 3-point range with eight rebounds, six assists, and five steals. Junior Blake Francis added 18 points on 4-of-7 shooting from long range and junior Nathan Cayo added nine points in the win.
Gilyard leads the Spiders with 17.4 points per game and leads all players in NCAA Division I basketball with 3.57 steals per game. Gilyard also connects on 58.1 percent of his shots from the field and ranks 14th in Division I making 51.4 percent of his shots from long range. Francis adds 16.9 points per game and Nick Sherod scores 15.0 points per game. Grant Golden also scores in double figures, averaging 12.0 points with 8.5 rebounds per game.
In games against NCAA Division I competition, Hampton is just 1-3 against the spread and they don’t cover by an average of 10.0 points per game. Eleven points just doesn’t seem like enough for a Richmond team that defeated Wisconsin by 10. The Spiders hit the road, but the blowout results will continue. Take Richmond minus the double-digit points for the easy win.