If you are afraid of spiders, join the club - so are the Vanderbilt Commodores.
Upset winners of the Atlantic 10 Conference, the Richmond Spiders hit the madness on a roll and threaten Vandy's #5 seeding.
The Commodores sit at 23-10, while the Spiders are currently 27-7 (17-10-1 ATS). But Richmond has been hot, going 11-1 SU, 10-2 ATS in the past 12 games. The under is also 8-1 past 9 Richmond games, as the Spiders play tougher defense.
Sportsbooks had the Commodores installed as 2-point favorites in this particular matchup. [ Pick the Spiders as an upset in your bracket? Play for $25K in Bracket Buster ]
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 15 (Commodores) and the No. 58 (Spiders) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 78-77 result in favor of the Spiders has been projected by the scores prediction engine.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Vanderbilt's No. 31 nationally ranked offense (76.2 points per game) against a Spiders defense that sits as the No. 24 at 61 PPG. The Commodores have been averaging 45.7% from the field, less than the Spiders have managed so far this season (46.3% on average).
Defensively, Richmond features the nation's No. 22-rated defense on the road, allowing 63.4 points per game. Vanderbilt, meanwhile, comes in at No. 48 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Richmond, they were a 67-54 winner as they battled Dayton. They covered in the match as a 4.5-point favorite.
Last time out for Vanderbilt, they were a 77-66 loser as they battled Florida. They failed to cover in the match as a 3-point underdog.
Richmond Spiders Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
After playing Dayton are 5-5
After a win are 9-1
Vanderbilt Commodores Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
After playing Florida are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3
A few Spiders at Commodores trends to consider:
Vanderbilt is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Vanderbilt's last 6 games
Vanderbilt is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games