Men’s Basketball Looks to Continue Streak Friday Night at Richmond
DAVIDSON WILDCATS (13-2, 3-0 A-10)
Head Coach: Bob McKillop (Hofstra, 1972)
Career Record: 620-375 (33rd season), Record at Davidson: Same
RICHMOND SPIDERS (10-6, 1-2 A-10)
Head Coach: Chris Mooney (Princeton, 1994)
Career Record: 316-249 (18th season), Record at Richmond: 298-237 (17th season)
Date | Time: January 14, 2022 | 9:00 PM
Location: Richmond, Va.
Site (Capacity): Robins Center (9,071)
Radio: Davidson Radio Network
Online Video: WatchESPN.com
Live Stats: DavidsonWildcats.com
Series Record: Davidson leads, 35-20
Streak: Lost 3
Last Meeting: Dec. 30, 2020
Last Davidson Win: March 9, 2019 | W 73-69 (Robins)
Last Richmond Win: Dec. 30, 2020 | W, 80-74 (Belk)
First Meeting: 1939-40 Season; Richmond W, 33-32
Davidson Record at Home: 18-7
Davidson Record on Road: 14-13
Davidson Record at Neutral Site: 3-0
Bob McKillop‘s Record: 8-8
• Tied for the nation’s longest winning streak with Auburn, Davidson enters 13-2 overall and 3-0 in league play following a 77-67 win over UMass Tuesday.
• In addition to their 12 consecutive victories, the Wildcats are off to their best start since the 1969-70 season.
• Davidson’s current win streak is its longest since the 2013-14 season (final year in Southern Conference).
• It’s also the 13th time (9th under McKillop) in school history the Wildcats have put together a 12-game winning streak.
• Since joining the Atlantic 10, the ‘Cats have won a regular season title (2015), tournament title (2018) and totaled 79 league wins (10.8 per year), while recording an average finish of 4.4 in the 14-team conference.
• Hyunjung Lee, a preseason all-conference selection, leads Davidson in scoring at 17.4 points per outing.
• Fellow starters Foster Loyer (15.9), Luka Brajkovic (13.2), Michael Jones (12.3) and are also averaging double figures for the Wildcats.
• Loyer, this week’s A-10 Player of the Week, enters 4th nationally in 3-point field-goal percentage, shooting 50.0 percent (44-88).
• He is also T-19th nationally in free-throw percentage (.900).
• Davidson’s starting lineup is shooting 51.8 percent (357-689) from the floor and 44.3 percent (134-302) from 3-point range.
• The Wildcats rank among the nation’s best in field-goal percentage (.499/9th), 3-point field-goal percentage (.415/2nd), 3-pointers made per game (9.9/23rd), assists/turnover ratio (1.73/5th), assists per game (16.5/T-29th) and fewest turnovers per game (9.5/9th).
• Davidson is 13-0 on the season when hitting the 70-point plateau.
LAST TIME OUT
• Luka Brajkovic scored a career-best 25 points, and Davidson caught fire early in the second half to roll by UMass 77-67 and notch its 12th straight win Tuesday night in Belk Arena.
• Trailing 32-31 at the half, Davidson hit eight of its first nine second-half shots, including its first four 3-pointers, with two each coming from Brajkovic and Hyunjung Lee.
• A 15-2 run, including 12 unanswered points, pushed the Wildcats’ lead to 54-41 following three Foster Loyer free throws with 14:42 to play.
• Brajkovic finished 11-of-13 from the field and added 11 rebounds and three blocks while earning his 12th career double-double. His previous high came on Dec. 21 when he scored 22 in the Wildcats’ 79-78 win over No. 10 Alabama.
• Lee added 18 points and seven boards against the Minutemen, while Loyer (11 points, 6 assists) and Sam Mennenga (10 points, 4 rebounds) also scored in double figures.
• UMass trimmed it to 57-53 with 10:19 to play, but the Wildcats answered with eight straight points, including four each from Brajkovic and Mennenga. When the Minutemen cut it to 73-67 with 1:34 left, Davidson sealed it with a Loyer jumper and two Michael Jones‘ free throws.
• UMass had the upper hand early, scoring 12 straight points to lead 23-11 midway through the first half, but Davidson got back in it with treys from Loyer, Jones and Lee.
• T.J. Weeks, Jr., and Noah Fernandes led UMass with 21 and 19 points, respectively.
DURING THE STREAK
• During the ‘Cats’ current 12-game winning streak, they are outscoring the opposition by +15.2 points, while holding them to just .413 from the floor.
• Offensively, Davidson is shooting 50.7 percent from the floor and 40.8 percent from long range.
• Davidson will continue its three-game road swing with a 7 p.m. nationally-televised contest across town at VCU Tuesday night.