HOLIDAY HOOPING

Richmond 58(+4.5), South Carolina 76
Part 1 of Richmond week got off to a good start as the Spiders held an 8 point lead at half time. Of course they lost the second half 52-26. They were probably focused on the Gators at half time.

Richmond 56, UF 53

Richmond improved their SEC record to 2-1 on the season with a nice win over the Florida. If you haven’t noticed, Richmond is 14th in adjusted defense so far this season and they held Florida to .85 points per possession in Saturday’s game.

Old Dominion 61(+9), Georgetown 57
It was a tough day to be a ranked team playing a mid-major opponent. Old Dominon, still ranked higher by kenpom, pulled off the classic jump out to a good start and hold on victory over the Hoyas. The difference in a pretty even game: Old Dominion was able to make enough threes(7-16) to withstand a 22-5 FT deficit. They might have gotten a bit lucky that GTown missed a lot of threes and FTs, but they are still probably less than 9 points worse than GTown on the road.

Games of Interest
Dec 21st
Drexel @ Kentucky
Line guess: Kentucky -15
All the talk has been about John Wall who has been really good in playing a lot of minutes for Kentucky so far this year. Still, the team hasn’t been quite as good in KenPom’s eyesas their undefeated record or top-10 ranking might indicate. This one can be seen on the U for all those interested.

LaSalle @ Oklahoma St.
OSU -10.5
The theme of this night could be “small Philadelphia schools getting blown out by major conference teams.”

Dec 22nd
Texas v. Michigan St
Texas -10.5
This is going to be fantastic when Texas rolls through their second consecutive “ranked” team. Now, Texas may be good, but they are going to be pretty overrated if they could pull off a comfortable win here. Games against Arkansas, Iowa St., and Colorado after New Year’s could be good opportunities to fade the Longhorns.

Kansas v. Cal
Kansas -9
No lean here, but with both teams sitting in KenPom’s early top ten, I’ll be watching the game tape with interest.

Dec 23rd
WVU v. Ole Miss
WVU -5
I doubt this will be a one sided game, but it should be interesting at least for KenPom fans as it currently matches the 17th and 6th best teams.

Delaware @ Villanova
Villanova -26
Delaware is almost as laughably bad as Fordham, whom Villanova just beat by 38. I doubt this ends up being high profile enough for me at this point, but I can look forward to Villanova’s BigEast debut at Marquette on 1/2.

LBSU @ Kentucky
Kentucky -12.5
Obviously, I’m working on the assumption that UK is still undefeated after plowing through CAA powerhouse Drexel. This one is laughably close on KenPom’s projections right now(UK 80-72).

Dec 24th
Christmas Shopping -19.5 over Me.

There doesn’t appear to be too much on the weekend.

Overall: 9-8, +1.58

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