St. Bonaventure vs. Richmond, 01/11/17 - Expert Prediction
Written by: Benjamin Hayes
St. Bonaventure Bonnies (10-5 SU, 6-7 ATS, 9-4 O/U) at Richmond Spiders (9-6 SU, 4-5-2 ATS, 6-5 O/U)
When and Where: Wednesday, Jan. 11, Robbins Center, Richmond, Va., 7pmET
Line: Richmond -4
St. Bonaventure beat George Mason pretty handily at home on Saturday, 82-72. That’s despite leading scorer Jaylen Adams (22.3ppg, 6.2apg) playing just 23 minutes due to an ankle injury. Richmond has now won three straight games, including a 77-70 win over George Washington on Sunday. The Bonnies beat up on the Spiders by 16 last season in their only meeting (84-68).
Gregg steps up for Bonnies against Patriots
Forward Denzel Gregg (6-7, 225) scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead St. Bonaventure to a 10-point win over George Mason. The senior from Syracuse is having a career season, averaging 13.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks, while shooting 51.9 percent from the floor. Guard Isris Taqqee (6-4, 200) added 13 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists. St. Bonaventure shot 44.8 percent from the floor and forced 15 turnovers, while committing just eight.
St. Bonaventure has few problems on offense, averaging 84.2 points per game and 46.2 percent from the field. They allow 77.9 points per game and 39.6 percent from beyond the arc.
Cline leads Spiders to tough road win
T.J. Cline scored 19 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out seven assists in leading the Spiders over George Washington by seven on Sunday. De’Monte Buckingham added 16 points on 7-of-7 shooting, while Khwan Fore chipped in with 15 points. Richmond shot 61.5 percent from the field, 8-of-15 from 3-point range but just 5-11 from the line. Richmond jumped out to a 40-29 half and held on in the second half.
Cline leads the Spiders with 18 points, eight rebounds and 5.1 assists per game. Guard ShawnDre’ Jones added 16.7 points per game and 4.1 assists., while shooting 43.7 percent from beyond the arc. Richmond averages 73.3 points per game and shoots 46.7 percent from the field (33.7% 3pt). They allow 70.8 points per game and 42.4 percent from the field (31% 3pt).
College Basketball Trends:
St. Bonaventure is:
- 1-5 ATS last 6 after an ATS win.
- 1-4 ATS last 5 on the road in series.
- 7-2-2 ATS last 11 Wednesday games.
- Favorite is 8-2 ATS last 10 in series.
Richmond is an underrated team that beats teams with their pace and fundamentally-sound players. The fact that Adams might not play or is playing less than 100 percent, is a hindrance to St. Bonny’s. This is a team that is built on quality guard play and losing Adams would be devastating for the long term. They might need to hold him out to benefit the team.
Ben has been a sports writer for over 30 years, dabbling in college and pro basketball, college and pro football, baseball, college lacrosse, minor league baseball and even college gymnastics. He's also been involved in the gaming industry for over 25 years and has been looking to beat the books since he was 13!
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