Richmond Basketball: Spiders' Stingy Defense Makes Them Difficult Opponent
Richmond Spiders' Stingy Defense Makes Them Difficult Tourney Opponent.
Obama saw this coming. So to should we have.
The Spiders have won eight in a row on the back of both Kevin Anderson and a defense more capable of locking up than the weekend programming at MSNBC.
Richmond is at or near the top of every defensive category in the Atlantic 10, and they’ve held each of their last six opponents below 60 points. They’re not the most athletic team in the world, but they don’t make mistakes – Richmond starts four seniors and won’t beat themselves – and in a single elimination tournament that’s invaluable.
That’s the short of it.
The long of it is as long as a team is capable of defending at an elite level, it will stay in a lot of games. Couple that with a creator the caliber of senior guard Anderson, and you’ve found yourself a recipe for overcoming weaknesses. You’ve found a way to hang with teams who may on most nights be your superior.
That makes Richmond dangerous so long as they’re alive.
Even against the best in the tournament, they’ll keep the games close enough to have a shot at the end, as only three times all year did they lose by more than seven.
At the moment of this writing, we’re midway through the second half and Richmond leads Morehead State 45-36. They’ve held the Eagles to 36% shooting.
Stingy defense strikes again.
If Richmond hangs on against Morehead, they would presume to meet Kansas in the Sweet Sixteen. And while they’d be heavily outmatched, if the Spiders can keep them under 60, they’d have as good a shot as anybody to upend what many see as the tournament’s premiere team.
(Check out the B/R NCAA Tournament page for more tourney info.)
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