DAYTON, Ohio - Richmond (11-6, 5-0) puts it perfect conference record to the test on Thursday with a trip to Dayton (14-4, 4-1) at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.
Richmond won its third conference road game on Saturday with a 70-66 victory at Saint Joseph's. Dayton's only loss in A-10 play came on the road last week at UMass.
The Spiders are off to their first 5-0 start in conference play since 1988-89, when UR was in the CAA. UR became just the fifth team to start 5-0 in A-10 play in the last 10 years.
Over the last nine years, Richmond has won 91 conference games, tied for the most among all A-10 schools with Dayton.
Richmond has played well on the road in conference play, starting 3-0 this year and winning seven of the last 11 conference road games dating to last year.
Richmond has shot 51.6 percent from the field in conference play which leads the league by over 30 percentage points. UR has averaged 9.6 threes a game in A-10 play, good for second in the league.
T.J. Cline and De'Monte Buckingham swept the weekly Atlantic 10 awards. Cline has won three Player of the Week awards and Buckingham has two straight Rookie of the Week awards. UR's six weekly awards leads all Atlantic 10 schools.
Thursday's game will air on ESPNU and online through the WatchESPN app. Mike Corey and Jason Capel will be on the call.
The game will also be on the radio on ESPN 950 AM, SPORTSFM 100.5 and 107.3 BBT as well streaming on RichmondSpiders.com. It will also air on Sirius Channel 145 and XM Channel 201.will call the action over the radio airwaves.
|2016-17 SPIDER MEN'S BASKETBALL GAMEDAY CENTRAL - DAYTON
|Who||Richmond Spiders (11-6, 5-0) at Dayton Flyers (14-4, 4-1)|
|When||Thursday, Jan. 19, 7 p.m.|
|Venue||UD Arena (13,409)|
|TV||ESPNU | WatchESPN app|
|On Air||Mike Corey, Jason Capel
|Radio||ESPN 950 AM | SPORTSFM 100.5 | 107.3 BBT | Sirius 145; XM 201 | RichmondSpiders.com|
|Live Stats||Click Here|
The Dayton Flyers entered the season as the league's preseason number one team. The Flyers are 8-1 at home and boast the league's best scoring margin of +10.6.
Four players average in double figures led by Charles Cooke and his 18.0 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. Scoochie Smith has 13.5 points and a team-high 3.8 assists per contest.
Series vs. Dayton
Dayton holds a 16-9 advantage in the all-time series and is 11-1 at home against Richmond. Last season, the Spiders lost a one-point contest at home vs. Dayton before the Flyers won by 15 in the conference tournament. Two years ago, UR nearly defeated the Flyers at UD Arena but fell short, 63-60.
After going 2-23 from three at Oral Roberts, the Spiders have found their range in conference play. UR leads the A-10 at 51.6 percent from the field and 41.7 percent from three. The Spiders have averaged 9.6 threes per game and scored 77.4 points per game in league play.
At least four players have reached double figures in every conference game, with five scoring at least 10 points at Davidson.
The Spiders have always run an offense with constant motion and crisp passes that lead to shots in rhythm. Richmond is at its best when every player on the court is setting up someone else for a shot.
This year, the Spiders lead the league in assists (16.7) and are second in assist-turnover ratio (1.3). Richmond has dished more assists than the opponent in 14 of the season's 17 games.
Richmond has been particularly good with its ball movement in conference play. The Spiders have averaged a league-best 19.8 assists per game and assisted on 69.2 percent of made field goals in league play.
De'Monte Buckingham has been a beast with eight straight double-digit scoring games since the Texas Tech contest. He's started the last seven games and averaged 16.6 ppg in conference play which ranks seventh in the league.
He's also hit 2.6 threes per game (2nd) and has 2.0 steals per game (3rd) in A-10 play.
UR's most recent high-scoring freshman was Kendall Anthony who averaged 13.4 ppg in conference play in 2011-12.
The Spiders have been racking up Atlantic 10 Weekly Awards. UR swept the awards this past week with Cline winning Co-Player of the Week and Buckingham earning his second-straight Rookie of the Week. The Spiders have totaled six weekly honors this season, more than any other school.
Cline was also named one of 30 national candidates for the Senior CLASS Award, given to a player that exemplifies leadership, community service, academic excellence and athletic success. The award will name the 10 finalists in February.
T.J. Cline is currently averaging 17.8 points, 7.9 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game.
Cline is the only player in the NCAA to post his current averages in points, rebounds and assists. He has more assists than any player in the country his height or taller.
A preseason All-A-10 First Teamer, Cline ranks ninth in the league in points, fourth in rebounds and second in assists.
With his 6.9 defensive rebounds per game, Cline ranks 27th in the country. Charles Stephens (1997-98) was the last Spider to average over eight rebounds a game for an entire season (8.3).
Cline nearly tallied a triple-double against Maryland, scoring 18 points with nine rebounds and nine assists. He then went for 19 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists at Davidson and had 15-10-9 at Saint Joseph's. No player has recorded a triple-double in Richmond spider history.
Start With Five W's
Richmond has never started 5-0 in Atlantic 10 play since joining the league in 2001-02. UR's last 5-0 conference start came in 1988-89 under head coach Dick Tarrant when UR started 8-0 in CAA play.
The Spiders are one of just five teams to post a 5-0 A-10 start in the last decade.
Play Big Lil' Guy
With freshman C/F Grant Golden going down with a heart issue and senior F Marshall Wood missing four games with mononucleosis, the Spiders have had to go small in A-10 play. 6-8 Kwesi Abakah and 6-10 Paul Friendshuh have averaged just 4.5 combined minutes in those games, while the rest of the time, UR featured just one player (Cline) taller than 6-4 on the court.
Need The Three
Richmond's offense has always been predicated on using the three-pointer as a weapon. After a 2-23 long-range shooting performance at ORU, Richmond bounced back to hit 48 threes over the next five games, shooting 41.7 percent from long range.
Richmond is 11-3 when hitting six or more threes in a contest.
In Richmond's three A-10 road wins, the Spiders have built leads of 18, 21 and 18 points in the second half. In each instance, the home team has made it a one-possession game in the final minute. However, Richmond has been able to make winning plays in each instance down the stretch.
The Spiders are 10-1 when holding a lead with five minutes remaining. UR has overcome double-digit deficits in three of the teams' 11 wins, and only given up a double-digit lead in a loss once to then-ranked Maryland.
Climbing The Record Books
ShawnDre' Jones and T.J. Cline continue to climb Richmond's all-time record book.
Jones has now scored 1,307 career points ranking 23rd all-time. Cline is right behind him at 1,301.
Adding his points from his freshman year at Niagara, Cline has totaled 1,563 career points.
Jones also moved into seventh place all-time with 193 career three-pointers.
Jones is now four assists away from 300 for his career. He would become just the fifth player to total at least 1,300 points and 300 assists in a career.