PREVIEW: Game 8 W&M vs. Richmond
The Opponent: Richmond Spiders 6-2, Atlantic 10 Conference
The Coach: Chris Mooney (Eighth season at UR, 153-122, 171-132 overall, Last season 19-15, 8-8 A-10). Eight years ago Mooney led the Air Force Academy to a 18-12 season, the second best in AF history… Mooney is the 13th head coach in Richmond men’s basketball history.
The Series: This will be the 199th meeting between William and Mary and Richmond … Each school is the other’s most often played opponent … The Spiders lead the close series, 101-97 after an 86-78 Richmond win last season at the Robins Center. The Spiders have won the last three meetings, including the last game in the Kap, 92-61, two seasons ago… the Tribe holds a 55-31 cushion in Williamsburg, but are only 34-64 versus the Spiders in Richmond… and 3-4 in neutral sites … The first ever meeting between the two schools goes back to Feb. 18, 1914 a W&M win.
The Skinny: The Spiders play a variation of the Princeton motion offense, as does the Tribe. Richmond continues to play the Matchup Zone as their key defense, while the Tribe, in recent years, has gone back to man to man, with the Matchup and 2-3 zone mixed in. They have more inside strength this season with the improvement of Alonzo Nelson-Ododa and Terry Allen, however they have not shot the three as well this season.
The Spiders are 41-6 in their last 47 non-conference games. Richmond has beaten Delaware, Hofstra and JMU, from the CAA, so far this season.
The Key Players:
G 2- Cedric Lindsey (6-0, 175, Sr.) 17.8 2.5 4.4 apg,
has scored in double figures in 7 of the 8 games so far. Scored his 1000 career point vs Fairfield.
F 34-Derrick Williams (6-6, 225, Sr.) 5.9 4.6
10 pts, 9 rebs, 3 blocks vs. JMU
F 5-Terry Allen (6-8, 220, R-So.) 11.4 7.3 rpg
has 16 offensive Rebounds this season
C 33-Alonzo Nelson-Ododa (6-9, 210, R-So.) 7.6 6.3
has 78 blocks in his short career
F 4 -Wayne Sparrow (6-3, 175, Jr.) 4.8 2.8 rpg
has 6 steals on the season
6th Man -
G 0-Kendall Anthony (5-8, 140, Jr.) 10.3 1.3
scored 12 three pointers in the two games vs Air Force and Fairfield (7 & 5).
Tribe Disa & Data:
• Senior C Tim Rusthoven averaged 20.5 ppg, 11.0 rpg and 3.5 apg last week, including career-highs of 26 points and 16 rebounds against VMI. He shot 68.2% from the floor.
• Junior G Marcus Thornton hit 6-of-12 treys and averaged 12.5 ppg last week. Thornton has now scored double figures in 39 consecutive games.
• FR. F Omar Prewitt drained 5-of-7 threes and netted a career-high 22 points against VMI and then topped it with 24 points at Howard. He’s the first Tribe freshman since 2005 to post back-to-back 20-point games. He has won CAA Rookie of the Week the last three weeks.
• Senior F Kyle Gaillard scored a season-high 16 points with four assists vs. Howard.
• W&M shot 45.9% from the floor and hit 12-of-27 threes against VMI and shot 52% and made 11-of-24 threes at Howard. The Tribe is second in the CAA in scoring at 76.7 ppg.
The Broadcast: This game has a 7 PM tip. The Countdown to Tipoff begins at 6:30 PM on our affiliates 92.3 FM and 107.9 FM and on the internet at www.tribeathletics.com. Tune in early to hear Tony’s thoughts on the game and our analysis of the Spiders. There is TV coverage of this game on TribeTV.
Final Thoughts: The Spiders have limited their last three opponents to 60 or less points as young teams struggled against their signature Matchup Zone. The Tribe will need to use their quickness to get inside the zone and attack or dish off for open shots. Having Marcus and Omar hot would be a great help on offense. Tribe defense will have to keep Cedric Lindsey at bay and keep a strong inside game off the offensive boards.
Let’s get win #5.