UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - Richmond (9-6, 3-0) hosts St. Bonaventure (10-5, 2-1) on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in the Robins Center.
The Spiders are off to their first 3-0 start in conference play since 1997-98, when Richmond was a member of the CAA. UR won a game in the NCAA Tournament that year. The last time that Richmond started 4-0 in conference play was 1991-92 under Coach Dick Tarrant.
UR has shot lights out in A-10 play, hitting 57.0 percent from the field to lead the league. UR has also averaged 10 threes per game in A-10 play, shooting 47.6 percent from long range.
De'Monte Buckingham was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week after averaging 19.0 ppg and shooting 75 percent from the field in last week's two wins.
T.J. Cline tallied his fourth double-double in five games, scoring 19 points with 11 rebounds at George Washington. Cline has five double-doubles already this season. Terry Allen had the most season double-doubles (8) during the Mooney era in 2014-15.
Wednesday's game will air on WTVR-CBS 6.3 locally and online through the Atlantic 10 Digital Network. Bob Black and Greg Beckwith will be on the call.
The game will also be on the radio on ESPN 950 AM and 107.3 BBT FM and streaming on RichmondSpiders.com.will call the action over the radio airwaves.
|2016-17 SPIDER MEN'S BASKETBALL GAMEDAY CENTRAL - ST. BONAVENTURE
|Who||Richmond Spiders (9-6, 3-0) vs. St. Bonaventure Bonnies (10-5, 2-1)|
|When||Wednesday, Jan. 11, 7 p.m.|
|Venue||Robins Center (7,201)|
|TV||WTVR-CBS 6.3 | Atlantic 10 Digital Network|
|On Air||Bob Black, Greg Beckwith
|Radio||ESPN 950 AM | 107.3 BBT FM | RichmondSpiders.com|
|Live Stats||Click Here|
Scouting St. Bonaventure
St. Bonaventure won a share of the Atlantic 10 regular season title last year and features one of the highest scoring duos in the country. Jaylen Adams (22.3) and Matt Mobley (19.6) lead the league's highest-scoring offense. The Bonnies play up-tempo and average 84.2 points per game, but also give up 77.9 points with opponents shooting 39.6 percent from long range.
Series vs. St. Bonaventure
Richmond has had success against the Bonnies, especially in the Robins Center. UR has won four straight home games dating back to 2009. The Spiders are 16-6 overall and 8-2 at home against SBU.
After going 2-23 from three at Oral Roberts, the Spiders have found their range in conference play. UR leads the A-10 at 56.0 percent from the field and 47.6 percent from three. The Spiders have averaged 10 threes per game and scored 79.7 points per game in league play.
De'Monte Buckingham has been a beast with six straight double-digit scoring games since the Texas Tech contest. He's started the last five games and averaged 15.2 ppg since Texas Tech.
He was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week after his career-high 22 point performance against Fordham, and his perfect 7-of-7 shooting game at George Washington.
Buckingham's 17.7 points per game in A-10 play ranks seventh in the league and is the most among any freshman.
UR's most recent high-scoring freshman was Kendall Anthony who averaged 13.4 ppg in conference play in 2011-12.
Cline Named Senior CLASS Award Candidate
T.J. Cline was 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 18.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 5.1 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 has won two Player of the Week awards and currently ranks eighth in the league in points, third in rebounds and third in assists.
Cline currently averages 8.0 rebounds per game and has 7.1 defensive rebounds per game, which is good for 26th 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. No player has recorded a triple-double in Richmond spider history.
Start With Three W's
Richmond not only broke up Davidson's tremendous home winning stretch on Saturday (the Wildcats had previously won 38 of 40 at home), but the Spiders also opened A-10 play with a win for the first time since the 2012-13 season. UR then beat Fordham and GW to start 3-0 in conference play for the first time since 1997-98, the year Richmond defeated South Carolina in the NCAA First Round.
UR's last 4-0 conference start came in 1991-92 under head coach Dick Tarrant.
Cline Locks In From FT Line
T.J. Cline currently leads the team in FT percentage at 80.3 percent. He has hit a team-high 53 free throws and is shooting 19-21 from the line during the last five minutes of games.
Play Big Lil' Guy
With freshman C/F Grant Golden going down with a heart issue and senior F Marshall Wood contracting mononucleosis, the Spiders have had to go small in three straight wins. 6-8 Kwesi Abakah and 6-10 Paul Friendshuh have averaged just 3.8 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 12 threes against Davidson, 10 treys against Fordham and eight threes at GW.
Richmond is 9-3 when hitting six or more threes in a contest.
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 rank second in the league in assists (16.5) and third in assist-turnover ratio (1.3). Richmond has dished more assists than the opponent in 12 of the season's 15 games.
UR had a season-high 22 assists on 32 made field goals at GW.