North Carolina (2-1) vs. Richmond (3-1)
Uncasville, Conn. -- Mohegan Sun Arena
ESPN3 (Doug Sherman, Malcolm Huckaby)
“The team that beat us lost to the guys we’re getting ready to play next.” – UNC head coach Roy Williams
“Defensively, they play a little bit of a matchup zone at times. They play a sagging man to man. They switch defenses on you a little bit. The matchup is probably what you’re going to see for the most part.” – Williams
“We have to make more shots.” – Richmond head coach Chris Mooney
Season to Date: Richmond enters Saturday’s Hall of Fame Tip-Off contest with a 3-1 record. The Spiders opened the season with wins over Delaware and Belmont before going cold late in their 74-59 loss to Minnesota. Mooney’s squad bounced back with a 74-63 overtime win over Hofstra on Tuesday night. Richmond returned eight of its top-10 scorers from last season’s team that posted a 19-15 record and finished eighth in the Atlantic 10.
Backcourt Breakdown: Richmond’s strength resides in its guard play. Senior guard Cedrick Lindsay leads the Spiders in scoring with a 19.0-points-per-game average. That scoring success dates back to last season as he’s averaging 17.2 points per game over his last 15. The preseason third-team All-Atlantic 10 selection is 32 points shy of eclipsing the 1,000-point plateau for his career. Backup point guard Kendall Anthony is the only other Spider scoring in double figures (12.0 ppg). The 5-foot-8, 140-pound junior has struggled from the floor, shooting 36.2 percent overall and 32.1 percent behind the arc (9-of-28). Anthony ranks third on Richmond’s career 3-point percentage list (41.3).
Three-Point Thaw? Through three games, Richmond connected on just 13.8 percent of its 3-point attempts (9-of-65), including a woeful 3-of-25 effort in its loss to Minnesota. So while Tuesday’s 30.8 percent display (8-of-26) from long range may not instill fear in their opponents, the Spiders knocked down three of their final 3-pointers in overcoming an 11-point second-half deficit. Richmond is shooting 18.7 percent from behind the arc on the season.
Quality D: The Spiders are holding their opponents to 38.4 percent shooting overall and 24.7 percent from the 3-point line. Mooney’s squad is forcing 14.0 turnovers per game, thanks in part to 6.3 steals per outing. Richmond ranks 49th in kenpom.com’s adjusted defensive efficiency and 44th in effective field goal percentage defense. Sophomore center Alonzo Nelson-Ododa was named to the preseason Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team after blocking 62 shots last season.
Stat of the Day: Richmond is 12-9 over its last 21 games against power conference teams. The Spiders have won eight of their last 14 games against ranked opponents.
Last Meeting: The Tar Heels defeated the Spiders, 84-65, on Nov. 19, 1997 in Richmond. Antawn Jamison led UNC with 26 points and seven rebounds, while Shammond Williams added 21 points and six rebounds.
Series History: UNC leads the all-time series with Richmond, 14-2. The Tar Heels’ last loss to the Spiders occurred in 1953.
2 Cedrick Lindsay (6-1, 190, Sr.) - 19.0 ppg, 3.5 apg
4 Wayne Sparrow (6-3, 180, Jr.) - 4.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg
15 Terry Allen (6-8, 235, So.) - 9.3 ppg, 8.8 rpg
34 Derrick Williams (6-6, 270, Sr.) - 5.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg
33 Alonzo Nelson-Ododa (6-9, 210, So.) - 7.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg
0 Kendall Anthony (5-8, 140, Jr.) - 12.0 ppg
5 Trey Davis (6-5, 200, So.) - 6.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg
11 Deion Taylor (6-7, 200, So.) - 3.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg
Location: Richmond, Va.
Conference: Atlantic 10
Colors: Blue & Red
Head Coach: Chris Mooney (9th season)
2012-13 Record: 19-15 (8-8)
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