GEORGETOWN HOYAS VS. RICHMOND SPIDERS
Time: 7 p.m. ET
TV: CBS Sports Network
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The 5-1 Georgetown Hoyas are back in action on Wednesday night. Fresh off of defeating the Campbell Fighting Lions, the Hoyas will take aim at the visiting Richmond Spiders of the Atlantic 10 Conference.
These two teams met a season ago as part of a home-and-home series that will wrap up on Wednesday night. That matchup saw the Hoyas scoop up an 82-76 victory at the Robins Center.
To this point, Chris Mooney’s club is 2-4 on the year. They picked up victories over the St. Francis (NY) Terriers and IUPUI Jaguars. Elsewhere, they’ve taken losses to the Longwood Lancers, Loyola-Chicago Ramblers, Wyoming Cowboys and Hampton Pirates. They ride a three-game losing streak into their game against the Hoyas, with losses to Loyola, Wyoming and Hampton all coming last week out in Riverside and at home in the Robins Center.
Richmond is primarily led by a trio of sophomores. Grant Golden, Jacob Gilyard and Nathan Cayo are among the most significant contributors for the Spiders on the season, with Golden leading the charge. He leads in Minutes% and Usage Rate, so you will be seeing a lot of him on Wednesday night. He’s also the team leader in points per game at an even 20 on the season so far.
Meanwhile, the aforementioned Gilyard is second on the team in PPG at 16.6 and is the team’s lead assist man with 5.6 APG so far. Cayo has been averaging 9.2 points per game thus far and is the team leader in eFG% and TS%.
But that’s not all that Richmond has to offer. Junior guard Nick Sherod joins Gilyard and Golden in double figures this year with a mark of 12.7 points per game. Sherod is the team’s leader in 3-point FG% at 37.5 percent (although “technically” it’s Cayo, but he’s taken just two shots from deep and made one of them).
The Hoyas will be looking to exploit a defense that has shown plenty of cracks this season. They are among the nation’s worst in Adjusted Defensive Efficiency, eFG% allowed, 3-point and 2-point FG% allowed. So... essentially every possible category when it comes to scoring defense.
Meanwhile, their defense is going to feasting on a team that shoots the ball poorly from the perimeter. Jessie Govan will have to play well as a rim protector because the one thing this team has excelled at this season is shooting 2-pointers. They’ve made 61.2 percent, and Georgetown is allowing just a 47.1 percent mark inside this season.
It ought to be noted that the Spiders have the second worst TO% in America at 16.9 percent. Georgetown could get out and run and capitalize on Richmond’s mistakes if they commit them. And given how things have gone, you can expect several mistakes to be made.
It will be intriguing to see if freshman James Akinjo keeps up his solid play. Akinjo has been solid so far, getting into double figures in five of his first six collegiate games. He’s coming off a 17-point outing against Campbell, two shy of the so-far-season-high 19 points he put against the Illinois Fighting Illini back on November 13.
Also, we’ll see if Trey Mourning can build off of his career day against Campbell. Mourning scored 27 points, a career-best, and knocked down eight of his 14 shots from the floor and 10 of his 13 opportunities from the FT line. He also had 12 boards and three assists and only one TO in 34 minutes. Quite the day! He could be poised for another one on Wednesday night if all goes well.
Richmond just is not a very good team and since this game is at home, Georgetown is likely to roll in this game.