Vanderbilt vs Richmond: Preview & Prediction

    
March 15th, 2011
(5) Vanderbilt vs. (12) Richmond

Southwest Region - Denver

March 17 - 4:10 TBS

 

In their previous two NCAA appearances, Vanderbilt was a #4 seed paired up with a champion of a non-BCS leagues, and both times they went home. In 2008 Siena blew them out in a game that was more surprising for its margin than the fact that it happened. Last year it was Murray State that did the honors, knocking down a shot at the buzzer to beat the Commodores. Maybe being a five this time around is a good omen, but Kevin Stallings' team did not get an easy matchup. Richmond starts four seniors with guard Kevin Anderson and forward Justin Harper leading the charge, and they've held their last six opponents below 40% shooting from the field. Vandy is a tougher team than in seasons past but they've still had issues closing games out, especially away from Memorial Gym. This will be one of the trendier 12 vs 5 upsets on many brackets.

 

CHN Team Capsules (w/ stats, records, and rankings):

Vanderbilt

Richmond

 

Stars to Watch:

G John Jenkins (Vanderbilt)

G Kevin Anderson (Richmond)

 

Vegas Odds:

Vanderbilt -1.5

 

Predictions:

RealTimeRPI: Vanderbilt 66 - Richmond 63

KenPom: Vanderbilt 70 - Richmond 68

CollegeHoops.net Betting Pick: Richmond

 

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