RICHMOND, Va. – Richmond plays at city-rival VCU in the Bank of American Capital Classic on Saturday at 11 a.m. on ESPN2.
The game can be heard on radio on ESPN 950 AM in Richmond, Sirius Ch. 108 and XM Ch. 191 and here at Richmond Spiders.com.
The Spiders are 14-7 overall and 4-2 in the Atlantic 10, having won four of the last five games.
The Rams have won four-straight and are 10-0 at home this season. Trevon Graham leads the team in scoring at 15.7 points per game and Juvonte Reddic is second on the team at 12.2 points per game and ledas the team in rebounding at 8.2 boards per game. Melvin Johnson averages 10.4 points per game. The Rams are forcing 19.8 points per game and holding opponents to 30.3 percent shooting from behind the arc.
• Richmond visits city-rival VCU in the first of two matchups in the Bank of America Capital City Classic. This is the second season the Spiders and Rams will meet twice as members of the Atlantic 10. Richmond and VCU were members of the CAA until the Spiders joined the A-10 for the 2001-02 season. The two teams split last season, with both teams winning on its home court. Richmond and VCU have split the last 4 meetings, dating back to the 2010-11 season when both teams reached the Sweet 16 and the city of Richmond was dubbed Hoopstown USA.
• Junior Kendall Anthony is the Atlantic 10 Player of the Week after averaging 20.0 points per game and shooting 51.8 percent from the field. The Jackson, Tenn. native scored a game-high 21 points, making 4-of-6 three pointers in the victory over No. 12 UMass and scored a team-high 19 points with three three-pointers in the win over Saint Joseph’s. Anthony is sixth on Richmond’s career list for three-pointers with 181 and has scored in double-figures in 13-straight games, averaging 15.7 points per game in that stretch. He was just the 13th Spider to score 1,000 points as a junior and he is 35th on Richmond’s scoring list with 1,102 points. Anthony is fourth on UR’s career list for three-point percentage (.407).
• Richmond is 50-28 vs. A-10 teams over the last 5 seasons and has played in 2 of the last 4 Atlantic 10 title games. The Spiders have won the second most games in Atlantic 10 play of any current league member over the last 7 years (63), one behind Saint Louis.
• Richmond has held the opposition to 64 points or less in regulation in 11 of the last 15 games and 14 of 21 this season. The Spiders are 3rd in the Atlantic 10 in scoring defense, allowing 65.7 ppg. The Spiders are 2nd in the A-10 in FG pct. defense (.408) and are 2nd in the A-10 and 11th in the nation in 3FG pct. defense (.282).
• Senior Cedrick Lindsay leads the Spiders, is second in the Atlantic 10 at 18.2 ppg. Lindsay has scored in double-figures in 14-straight games and all but 1 game this season.
• Sophomore Alonzo Nelson-Ododa has 112 career blocks, which ranks eighth on UR’s career list, 1 block behind Justin Harper for seventh. Ododa has played in just 55 games, while no other player on Richmond’s top-10 list has played in fewer than 100. His 50 blocks this season rank 10th on UR’s single-season list.