Fordham at Richmond
|Date & Time||Wednesday February 20, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Richmond Spiders -6.5 -- Over/Under: 137.5
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The Fordham Rams will travel to the Robins Center to take on the Richmond Spiders this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The Fordham Rams snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 11-14 (2-10 A-10) after defeating the Rhode Island Rams, 66-63 in OT, this past Saturday. Fordham that got a pair of FT’s by an Antwon Portley with :31 seconds left in regulation to force OT and was able to hold of the Rams late after a Nick Honor three-pointers gave Fordham a 66-63 lead with :48 seconds left in overtime. Fordham held Rhode Island to just 32.7% shooting from the field and 8.3% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Rams was Chuba Ohams who had 19 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, and 2 steals.
On the season, Fordham is averaging 68.3 ppg on 41.6% shooting from the field. The Rams are averaging 9.1 three-pointers per game on 34.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Fordham has been led by Nick Honor (16.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 3.1 apg), Antwon Portley (12.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.2 apg), Jalen Cobb (10.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.5 spg), and Jesse Bunting (6.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg).
Defensively, Fordham is holding their opponents to an average of 66.9 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Rams have a rebound margin of -3.4 and a turnover margin of 3.4.
The Richmond Spiders had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 10-15 (4-8 A-10) on the season after being defeated by the VCU Rams, 81-60, this past Wednesday. Richmond has no answers on the defensive end early against the Rams and couldn’t fight back after going into halftime trailing by a 41-25 margin. Richmond allowed VCU to shoot 57.4% from the field and 45.5% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Spiders was Nick Cayo who had 18 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal.
On the season, Richmond is averaging 70.4 ppg on 47.8% shooting from the field. The Spiders are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 34.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Richmond has been led by Grant Golden (17.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 3.1 apg), Jacob Gilyard (16.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.9 apg, 3.2 spg), Nathan Cayo (13.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.6 apg), and Jake Wojcik (7.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.2 spg).
Defensively, Richmond is allowing their opponents to average 70.5 ppg on 47.1% shooting from the field. The Spiders have a rebound margin of -5.2 and a turnover margin of 2.0.
The Rams are 17-35-1 ATS in their last 53 games overall and 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record. The Spiders are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record and just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Fordham has lost 11 of their last 13 games and although their defense has been decent as they rank just 61st in scoring defense, the Rams have had trouble putting up points as they currently rank just 288th in scoring offense & 302nd in FG%.
Richmond has won 3 of their last 5 games and currently rank 246th in scoring offense, 34th in FG%, and 150th in scoring defense.
Fordham has had a tough time in A-10 play this season, however, the Rams have shown signs of life as of late as the Rams have won their last two road games against UMass & Rhode Island. Richmond has been playing some of their best basketball season as of late, outside of their recent loss at VCU, however, I have a hard time trusting the Spiders as they can give up points and are one of the worst rebounding teams in College Basketball. Fordham has the ability to do some damage from beyond the arc and as I was impressed with their win at Rhode Island I think the play here is to take the points and put something small on the over. Good Luck!