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Richmond vs. Fordham - 3/13/19 A-10 Tournament First Round College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Fordham at Richmond
Date & Time Wednesday March 13, 2019, 3:30 PM (EDT)
Location
Barclays Center
Brooklyn, NY
The Line
Richmond Spiders -3.5 -- O/U: 135.5
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Fordham Rams and the Richmond Spiders meet in A-10 tournament first round action in a college basketball matchup from the Barclays Center on Wednesday night.

The Fordham Rams come into the conference tournament as the last place team, coming in as the #14 seed with a 12-19 overall record, including 3-15 in conference play. Fordham didn’t have the hardest non-conference schedule out there, with their most name-worthy win coming in the form of an 8-point victory over Rutgers. Conference play started rough for the Rams, starting off 0-8 before finally picking up their first conference win. The Rams would still drop 7 of their last 9 games down the stretch to finish at the bottom of the conference. Nick Honor leads Fordham in scoring and assists with 15.4 points and 3 assists per game. Antwon Portley is 2nd in scoring with 11.2 points per game and Jalen Cobb came 3rd with 10.1 points per game while Chuba Ohams leads Fordham in rebounding with 6.3 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Fordham is averaging 66.4 points per game on 40.4% shooting from the field, 33.3% from behind the arc and 68.1% from the foul line this season.

The Richmond Spiders come into the tournament as the #11 seed after finishing the year with a 12-19 overall record, including 6-12 in A-10 conference play, losing out on the 10th seed and a first round bye to Saint Joseph’s due to a tiebreaker. Richmond scheduled some tough competition, with losses to a 2018 final four team in Loyola-Chicago, as well as Dayton and Georgetown while picking up a win over Wake Forest. Richmond got off to a bumpy start, dropping 6 of their first 7 games and rallying back to 6-8 before dropping their final 4 games to finish the regular season. Grant Golden leads Richmond in scoring and rebounding with 17.4 points and 7.1 rebounds per game while Jacob Gilyard came 2nd in scoring while leading the team in assists with 16.8 points and 5.1 assists per game. Nathan Cayo added 12.9 points per game and Nick Sherod chipped in 12.7 points per game as Richmond’s 3rd and 4th double-digit scorers on the year. As a team, Richmond is averaging 70.8 points per game on 47.7% shooting from the field, 35.1% from behind the arc and 66.6% from the foul line this season.

Fordham is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall. Richmond is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Wednesday games while the over is 37-16-1 in their last 54 games overall. The favorite is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

Neither of these two teams have done much to win over my confidence as of late, but the fact is that Richmond is still the more trustworthy of the two teams here. Richmond has owned the head-to-head with Fordham in recent years, and while this year’s meeting was only decided by 3 points and anything can happen in the conference tournament, I see the Spiders winning this game a bit more comfortably, so I’ll lay the points with Richmond in this spot.

Pick:
Richmond -3.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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