A-10 Tournament: Fordham vs Richmond Prediction
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The A-10 Tournament tips-off today at the Barclays Center–Fordham, the 14-seed, enters the game with an 12-19 overall record, 3-15 in the Atlantic 10, and is coming off a 72-57 A-10 loss at La Salle on Saturday afternoon while Richmond, the 11-seed, is 12-19 overall on the season, 6-12 in the conference, after a 73-69 A-10 loss to Davidson in Richmond on Saturday.
This game figures to be tight throughout, Richmond took this year’s first match-up, 72-69, in Richmond on February 20 as Grant Golden scored 16 points, including the go-ahead basket with 20 seconds left, while Nick Honor led all scorers for the Rams with 23 points.
Honor is the player to watch for Fordham–just a freshman, he’s their best player and has been productive since his very first collegiate game. He was named to the 2019 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team on Tuesday and ranks ninth in the Atlantic 10 and 15th among all NCAA Div. I freshmen, averaging 15.6 points per game.
If Fordham is going to pull the upset they will need Honor to play one of his best games and they will need to crank it early and often from deep. The Rams are second in the A-10 with 8.7 threes made per game.
Despite a 12-19 record, Richmond has actually led at the five-minute mark of the second half in 19 of their games this season. The Spiders have also led at the half 18 times and have actually spent more time in the lead (635 minutes) than trailing (517 minutes) this season.
Richmond will win if their duo of stars plays well. Grant Golden leads the team in scoring (17.4) and rebounding (7.1) but Jacob Gilyard is the engine of the offense. He averages 16.8 points and leads the team in assists (5.1) and steals (2.9)–that amount of thefts ranks him among the elite in all of college basketball, he is a sneaky great defender.
LINE: -4 Richmond
Dan’s Bet: Richmond ML
Score Prediction: Richmond 66 Fordham 63