College Basketball Betting Free Pick: Richmond Spiders vs. Auburn Tigers
CBB FREE PICK: Richmond Spiders vs. Auburn Tigers
#669 Richmond +9.5 (Tuesday, November 26 @ 7:30 pm EST)
The Richmond Spiders take on the Auburn Tigers in tonight’s Legends Classic at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn. Auburn was supposed to suffer through a bunch of early season growing pains but Bruce Pearl’s bunch is a perfect 6-0 including a dominant 84-59 win over New Mexico last night. The schedule however hasn’t been all that daunting (no teams in the top 50) and Pearl, who is typically very honest when evaluating his teams, all but said it’s unrealistic to not expect some hiccups in non-conference play.
Richmond offers the potential to make life uncomfortable for Auburn. The Spiders are notorious for junking it up with different defenses. Wisconsin was all out of sorts last night as Richmond held the Badgers to 52 points on 64 possessions. Offensively, the Spiders stick 6-10 Grant Golden in the paint and then spread the floor with multiple guards that can shoot the three (44.7%) and take care of the basketball (16.1% TO rate) — basically the complete opposite of New Mexico who shot 4-of-19 from three and coughed it up 24 times in the loss. Richmond will no doubt be up up against it athletically but they’re just the sort of team that can scheme their way to a competitive showing and stick around.