Posted by Noah Goldberg
The Spiders head into Davidson tomorrow coming off of a narrow, late game loss to Duquesne at home Wednesday night. Sophomores Nathan Cayo and Jacob Gilyard respectively dropped 23 and 22 points. Despite his 6th career game of 20+ points, Gilyard was just 1-4 from three which highlighted the team’s poor perimeter shooting all night. Averaging about 23 points per game from behind the arc, Richmond shot a mediocre 2-11 from deep. While it was excellent to see solid penetration by Cayo and Gilyard, in order to create space on the block for Grant Golden they must be both more prolific and efficient from three tomorrow.
Speaking of three point shooting, Steph Curry’s alma mater Davidson comes in as a team that makes about 9 threes per game at a 32.6% clip. They feature four starters that shoot the three above 33% including freshman guard Luke Frampton who’s knocking down nearly 3 per game. It will be interesting to see how the Spiders, who’ve consistently played disruptive perimeter defense this year, are able to affect Davidson’s strong shooting.
Look for the key matchup between 5’ 9” Jacob Gilyard and Davidson’s 6-5 sophomore guard Kellan Grady. Coming off of an A10 Rookie of the Year season, Grady is in contention for conference player of the year. He’s dropping 18.5 ppg and 4.4 rpg while shooting nearly 49% from the floor. The Spiders will likely combine the size of freshman guard Andre Gustavson (6’ 4”) with the scrapiness of Gilyard (3.3 spg) in a coordinated defensive attack against Grady.
The Spiders are 1-3 in the A10 for a second consecutive year and haven’t been 1-4 since 2007. The Wildcats, coming off of a loss to a depleted St. Joe’s team, lost the top spot in the conference and sit 3rd in the A10 at 12-5 (3-1). Tip off from Belk Arena is tomorrow at 12:30pm on 99.5 FM & 950 AM ESPN.