- #6 Richmond (22-12, 10-8 A-10) takes on #1 Davidson (27-5, 15-3 A-10) Sunday, March 13th, at 1:00 pm ET in Washington, DC in the Atlantic 10 tournament championship game
- The Spiders beat Dayton 68-64 on Saturday in a tourney semifinal, while the top-seeded Wildcats took care of Saint Louis 84-69 in another semi
- See the current Richmond vs Davidson odds, point spread, and game total, plus predictions
The #6 Richmond Spiders (22-12, 10-8 A-10) — who took down tourney favorites VCU (+300) and Dayton (+200) to get to this point — take on the #1 Davidson Wildcats (27-5, 15-3 A-10) in the title game of the Atlantic 10 tournament on Sunday at the Capital One Arena.
Tip off is at 1:00 pm ET on CBS.
Richmond vs Davidson Odds
|Richmond||+150||+4 (-110)||Ov 137 (-110)|
|Davidson||-182||-4 (-110)||Un 137 (-110)|
Odds as of March 12th, 2022 at FanDuel Sportsbook.
Richmond is not expected to earn an invite to the Big Dance, while Davidson is slated as a No. 12 seed in the Midwest Region pert the latest March Madness bracket projection. The Wildcats are +3250 longshots in the odds to make the Final Four.
As far as the A-10 Tournament odds, Richmond entered at +1000 with Indiana at +350.
Chris Mooney’s team got a game-high 18 points from senior forward Grant Golden in four-point victory over the Flyers to move on. Leading scorer Tyler Burton chipped in 16 points and eighty boards in the win.
Meantime, Bob McKillop saw Foster Loyer put up a game-high 21 points in a 15-point decision over the Billikens — while three other players put up double-digits.
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The Wildcats got past the Spiders 87-84 in the team’s only meeting during the 2021-22 season on Jan. 14, but Mooney’s club has won seven of the last 10 matchups between the two programs overall. That game two months could have gone either way.
That narrow result was part of a 15-game win streak in the middle of the season for Davidson that included a victory over then-No. 10 Alabama.
As for the Spiders, Jacob Gilyard put up a team-high 28 points in the heartbreaking defeat, while Nick Sherrod finished with 20 off the bench. Burton, Golden and Gilyard are the team’s double-figure scorers.
Richmond — the 85th-rated team in Division I according to KenPom — are especially adept at forcing opponents into mistakes. The Spiders weave foes into their web to the tune of owning a 9th-best offensive turnover percentage and also a 9th-best offensive non-steal turnover percentage.
They also went 0-3 against VCU and Dayton during the regular season — but avenged those losses in nation’s capital, taking down the Rams and Flyers to play for an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
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Davidson Only 7-7 Against The Spread in Last 14
Including a 70-68 loss to VCU on Jan. 26 — that snapped that long win streak — the Wildcats have gone 11-3 straight up. But McKillop’s club is only 7-7 against the spread in that same timeframe. However, that number is significantly better recently — with Davidson going 6-1 against the number in the last seven. That includes the win over Saint Louis in the semis as 3.5-point favorites.
Championship bound!!!! pic.twitter.com/AhsccJ9R3B
— Davidson Basketball (@DavidsonMBB) March 12, 2022
Four players score in double-digits for the regular season league champs (Loyer, Hyunjung Lee, Luka Brajkovic and Michael Jones) — and with VCU and Dayton both (thanks to Richmond) — the Wildcats are the clear favorites.
This is an elite team offensively, owning the 10th-best offensive adjusted efficiency rating according to KenPom. The group also rates in the top-10 in offensive effective field goal percentage (10th) and offensive 3-point field goal percentage (7th)
Richmond vs Davidson Prediction
Sharps clearly handicapped Davidson incorrectly. The Wildcats — who only lost three league games during the regular season — probably should have had shorter odds when this tourney started.
Meantime, Richmond has had a great run thus far. But I think the Spiders’ luck runs out Sunday
Pick: Davidson -4 (-110)
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