The last pre-conference game will be a tough one, Texas Tech will face one of its toughest opponents yet in the Richmond Spiders. Richmond only has 3 losses on the year and is always a great basketball program, expect this to be a good game.
This game was originally scheduled for 8:00 PM but has now been moved to 4:00 PM to avoid interference with the Texas Bowl.
Richmond Key Players
|Points/Game||20.5||F Terry Allen|
|Rebounds/Game||8.6||F Terry Allen|
|Assist/Game||3.9||G ShawnDre' Jones|
|3pt Made/3pt %||24/56, 42.9%||G ShawnDre' Jones|
|Free Throw %||64/81, 79.0%||F Terry Allen|
Forward Terry Allen has been gaining national attention and will be among the finalists in A-10 player of the year voting when all is said and done. Allen is nearly averaging a double-double per game with 20.5 points and 8.6 rebounds. Although his numbers are great, he's not the only stud on the Spiders. Two others average double-digit points per game, T.J. Cline and ShawnDre' Jones average 15.5 and 14.2 points a game.
Last 5 Games
|12/1 Florida||L 76-56|
|12/5 Northern Iowa||W 82-67|
|12/12 Longwood||W 77-59|
|12/16 Old Dominion||W 77-61|
|12/22 Presbyterian College||W 74-44|
Richmond has only lost 3 games on the year. One was the season opener against a James Madison team that is now 10-3, the second was an 8-point lost to West Virginia and the third was a 20-point blowout to a good Florida squad. The Spiders have beat some good programs though, they've put away Wake Forest, Northern Iowa, and Old Dominion. The Red Raiders will be putting their 8-game win streak on the line against Richmond's 4-game win streak.
Texas Tech 76 - Richmond 73
This will arguably be the Red Raiders toughest test since losing to Utah. Richmond is one of those mid-major schools who always has a solid basketball team. If Tech can slow down Terry Allen then they will have a very good shot at winning this game. A 9-game win streak heading into Big 12 game against Texas would be a great momentum boost.
If you're heading to the USA to catch the game please use caution. It's been crazy out there and the players and Tubby Smith don't expect a packed house. The university has even put out a statement regarding its fans' safety. If you do want to go see this game in person though admission is free.