The Saint Joseph’s Hawks are in Richmond, Virginia on Monday evening looking to stay hot against the Richmond Spiders. They are coming off two impressive wins, but the difficulty rating is going to be turned up a notch on the road against Richmond. It was only their third win of the season, and first time Saint Joseph’s has won consecutive games this year. The first of those two wins, over La Salle in overtime, 91-82, was their first victory since January 12 against Davidson, 80-66. Saint Joseph’s went on a six-game losing streak before dispatching La Salle.
Does this mean that Saint Joseph’s is going to go on some epic run and win the Atlantic 10 Tournament? Well, no, winning in March is about heating up at the right time, but this is still only a 3-14 team going into tonight. The Atlantic 10 is incredibly competitive, with eight or so teams that could win the conference tournament. St. Bonaventure recently wrapped up the regular season title for their first in team history. Going through the standings, we can go all the way down to seventh to Saint Louis where they could have easily won as well.
This is going to make for an exciting A-10 Tournament, with the conference wide-open for anyone to take. St. Bonaventure cannot gear down and get too comfortable after winning the regular season title. A team like Saint Joseph’s does not rate as a threat to anyone, though. They are looking to finish strong and build up some momentum for next season. The Hawks would get a serious momentum boost if they can knock off Richmond on the road tonight. Their first meeting against them at home in January didn’t go too well.
The Spiders might be fifth in the A-10, but don’t count them out of the conference tournament. They head into Monday night with a record of 13-6 and 6-4 in the conference. Richmond had a difficult trip to Saint Louis for a meeting against the talented Billikens. It was a competitive game, though, with Richmond losing a 72-67 final score. The Spiders were winners in four of their previous five games before the defeat at the hands of Saint Louis. We’ll see what they do to respond on Monday. Head below for our free Saint Joseph’s vs. Richmond pick on March 1, 2021.
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Richmond has been far from perfect this season, but they have the talent to beat a lot of good teams when the team is feeling ON. If Richmond could have just been more consistent,, they maybe would have won the regular season title in the A-10. At least, it would have been tighter than Richmond going into March in fifth in the conference. We’ve seen them play really good in spots, and then sloppy and lazy other times. The potential is there, which makes them potentially so dangerous in the A-10 Tournament. All it will take is getting hot at the right moment to win in this wide-open conference.
The Spiders have been solid on both ends of the floor. When they’re playing up to their full potential, Richmond can get it done with their offense and defense. Richmond is averaging 75.7 points per game for 78th in the NCAA. They’ve been efficient from the field, with a field goal percentage of 48% for 32nd. Richmond doesn’t waste too many trips, and if they’re hitting their shots, it can put a lot of pressure on opposing offenses to convert their opportunities. The Spiders have had their moments defensively as well. They’ve conceded 68.9 points per game for 140th.
Saint Joseph’s hasn’t exactly converted their opportunities with the best efficiency. They’re shooting 41.4% from the field for 298th in the country. Saint Joe’s is shooting just 31.4% from three land this season, but the real disaster has been their effort defensively. 72.3 points per game should be enough to win more than three games. However, their effort defensively has really hampered that objective. The Hawks have gotten bashed for 83.1 points per contest, along with 84.8 points against on the road. They are the 343rd rated defense in the NCAA going into tonight.
We have Saint Joe’s who is on a roll taking on a Richmond team that is reeling following a loss at Saint Louis. That’s not the worst loss that the Spiders could have endured, though. Saint Louis is a talented squad. In their first meeting this season, Richmond cleared Saint Joe’s easily, 79-56. In a different environment in Virginia tonight, I don’t see much changing. After two wins at home for Saint Joseph’s, I could see them coming back to earth on the road against a formidable foe. I’m looking at a 79-61 win for Richmond this evening.