Every part to find out about Richmond

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After shedding to Colgate by double-digits for the second straight season, Syracuse simply took care of Northeastern on Saturday for a 76-48 bounce-back win. After the Raiders hit 19 3s on Tuesday, SU held the Huskies to an 8-for-32 statline from past the arc, and a 32.2% mark from the sector. As soon as once more, the Orange relied on their three-pronged scoring assault of Jesse Edwards, Joe Girard III and Judah Mintz, who mixed for 58 of their 76 factors. Ten SU gamers recorded double-digit minutes, too. 

Syracuse now heads to Brooklyn for its first sport outdoors of the JMA Wi-fi Dome this season, taking over Richmond within the first sport of the Empire Basic. SU will tackle both Temple or St. John’s in its second sport of the event Tuesday night time. It’s the primary time Syracuse has performed within the Barclays Middle since November 2019 when it misplaced to each Oklahoma State and Penn State within the NIT Season Tip-Off.

Right here’s every thing to find out about Richmond earlier than Monday night time’s sport:

All-time collection

Syracuse leads, 3-1.

Final time they performed

Syracuse final confronted the Spiders on November 18, 2008 when it hosted them within the Dome as a part of the O’Reilly Auto Elements CBE Basic. SU trailed by seven on the half, however a powerful second-half spurt — together with a 13-2 run within the first 5 minutes — helped it to a comeback win. Richmond hit seven 3s within the first half, however the Orange moved to a man-to-man protection for the ultimate 20 minutes, and the Spiders responded by capturing simply 1-for-12 from past the arc.

Jonny Flynn completed with 27 factors and 5 assists whereas enjoying all however one minute, and Eric Devendorf added 22 factors. Richmond guard David Gonzalez hit 4 3s and completed with a team-high 18 factors.

Richmond’s solely win over SU got here 17 years earlier than the 2 groups’ final assembly, when the Spiders secured one of many NCAA Match’s largest upsets ever, taking down second-seeded Syracuse 73-69 as a 15 seed in 1991. It was the primary time a No. 15 had taken down a No. 2 within the event.

KenPom odds

Syracuse has a 62% probability of profitable, with a projected rating of 71-67.

The Spiders report

Richmond began the season 2-0 with double-digit wins over VMI and Northern Iowa earlier than shedding to Charleston and Wichita State. The Spiders are coming off a powerful, 24-13 season the place they made a four-game run to win the Atlantic 10 Match, beating Davidson 64-62 within the closing. Then, as a No. 12 seed within the NCAA Match, Richmond took down Fifth-seeded Iowa 67-63, earlier than falling to No. 4 Windfall within the Spherical of 32.

Ahead Tyler Burton, who averaged 16 factors and seven.7 rebounds per sport final season, has added to these totals up to now this yr, notching 19 factors and eight.5 boards per sport. An essential newcomer for Richmond this season has been 5-foot-10 freshman guard Jason Nelson, who’s averaging 12.8 factors — the second-highest mark on the staff. Senior Isaiah Bigelow has improved since final season, averaging over two extra factors and rebounds per sport.

Richmond is sixteenth nationally in defensive 3-point share, and can attempt to restrict Girard, who has four-or-more 3s in every of Syracuse’s first three video games. The Spiders are a strong staff from contained in the arc (55.5% – seventieth nationally), however shoot below 31% from outdoors. Preserving the ball out of the paint and across the perimeter will probably be key for the Orange’s protection, no matter in the event that they’re in zone or man.

How Syracuse beats Richmond

In an excellent world, SU would proceed the sturdy defensive play it displayed towards Northeastern and get out to an early lead, forcing Richmond into repeated missed 3-pointers whereas having Edwards, Mintz and Girard notch simple buckets. Nevertheless it’s nonetheless November, a month the Orange have struggled in for a number of years now. Each final yr and in 2019, Syracuse misplaced three video games in November — together with two in its preseason, Thanksgiving-week event. This sport ought to present an excellent measure of exactly the place the Orange are at proper now, and the way a lot they’ve improved because the Colgate loss.

Richmond has allowed lower than 60 factors in three of its 4 video games, which means Syracuse will want constant, dependable scoring from its most important offensive threats, whereas additionally getting complementary buckets from gamers like Benny Williams and Chris Bell. If SU runs extra zone, makes Richmond take extra bounce pictures whereas getting the ball inside on the opposite finish, it ought to have the ability to escape with a win.

Stat to know: 35.3%

The Spiders return 35.5% of their minutes from final yr’s NCAA Match staff, a low quantity that ranks 233rd within the nation. Syracuse, which misplaced three starters together with Buddy Boeheim after final season, ranks solely barely above Richmond at 35.4%, good for 232nd nationally. The 2 groups, each that includes a number of inexperienced gamers, are each nonetheless figuring themselves out a number of video games into the yr, and Monday’s sport will present an excellent check for every.

Participant to look at: Tyler Burton, ahead, No. 3

Burton led Richmond in factors and rebounds final season, and has continued that via 4 video games this yr. The 6-foot-7 senior was named preseason first-team All-Atlantic 10 this yr after receiving second-team honors in 2020-21. He’s a flexible scorer, capturing 39% from 3-point vary, over 59% from 2-point, and has transformed over 93% of his free throws. Whether or not it’s Williams, Bell or one other SU defender tasked with guarding Burton, they’ll have a tricky time containing him. Burton scored 38 factors towards Charleston, and notched 15 in his final sport towards Wichita State.

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