The No.1-seeded Richmond Spiders (19-12) and No.2-seeded Miami (FL) Hurricanes (20-11) meet in the quarterfinals of the NIT tournament at Robins Center. Action begins at 7:00 pm ET on Tuesday, Mar. 24 and can be seen on ESPN.
The Spiders come into this game hoping to repeat their last performance, topping Arizona State 76-70 in the second round. Kendall Anthony played a pivotal role with 15 points, three assists, and two rebounds. The Hurricanes, meanwhile, are coming off a 73-66 win against Alabama in the second round. Miami (FL) still lost despite the best efforts of Tonye Jekiri, who recorded his 10th double-double of the season with 11 points and eight rebounds.
Half-court execution will be of utmost importance when two of the nation’s slowest-paced teams square off. Richmond ranks 314th in the nation in possessions per game (62.5), while Miami (FL) is 288th (63.6).
Richmond is a slim one-point favorite at home against Miami (FL). The Spiders have gone 21-13 Straight Up (SU) and 15-15-1 Against The Spread (ATS). Richmond is one of the most disciplined teams in the nation with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.36.
As for their opponent, the Hurricanes have 23-12 SU and 15-17-1 ATS records. The Hurricanes convert their free throws at a high percentage, ranking 35th in the nation at .736. The Hurricanes are the better of the two teams when it comes to assist-to-turnover ratio, ranking 32nd in Division I at 1.32.
This game will be the first meeting for Richmond and Miami (FL) in recent seasons.
Predictions: SU Winner – MIA, ATS Winner – MIA
The Miami (FL) Hurricanes have a defensive rating of 173.2 (ranked 96th), while the Richmond Spiders have an offensive rating of 104.5 (ranked 131st).
Miami (FL) beats Richmond in both possessions per game and points per possession. The Hurricanes average 63.6 possessions and 1.083 points per possession, while the Spiders average 62.5 possessions with 1.045 points per possession.
The Richmond Spiders average an effective field goal percentage of 51.9% this season. The Miami (FL) Hurricanes have a losing record of 4-9 when opponents have an eFG% of 51.9% or greater.
Richmond attempts an average of 20.0 three pointers per game and Miami (FL) attempts 22.2. In games where they have 20 or more three point attempts, the Richmond Spiders have a winning 9-5 record while the Miami (FL) Hurricanes have a 14-10 record.
Richmond records 7.1 steals per game. Miami (FL) is 5-7 when giving up at least 7 steals.
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