Bracket of Doom First Four- 11) Richmond vs 11) UCLA

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Who wins this First Four matchup?

Poll closed Mar 26, 2020.
  1. Richmond

    40.0%
  2. UCLA

    60.0%
  1. EvilMonkeyInTheCloset

    EvilMonkeyInTheCloset Well-Known Member
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    #11 Richmond Spiders (24-7, 14-4)
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    Atlantic 10 (2nd)
    Off- 75.3 ppg / Def- 66.8 ppg
    NCAA Appearances- 9 (Last: 2011)


    #11 UCLA Bruins (19-12, 12-6)
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    Pac-12 (2nd)
    Off- 69.5 ppg / Def- 67.1 ppg
    NCAA Appearances- 47 (Last: 2018)


    Top scorers:
    Richmond-
    Blake Francis 17.7 ppg
    Grant Golden 13.4 ppg
    Nick Sherod 12.7 ppg
    Jacob Gilyard 12.7 ppg
    Nathan Cayo 8.9 ppg

    UCLA-
    Chris Smith 13.1 ppg
    Jalen Hill 9.0 ppg
    Jaime Jaquez 8.9 ppg
    Cody Riley 8.8 ppg
    Tyger Campbell 8.3 ppg


    One of the many unfortunate stories around the cancellation of the NCAA Tournament included a Richmond team that had been flying under the radar for most of the season, yet was all but set to make their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2011, with one of their better teams in recent memory. The Spiders were winners of 9 of their last 10, and sport a highly-balanced scoring offense led by guard Blake Francis.

    UCLA seemed like an afterthought for most of the early portions of the 2019-20 season, but caught fire following a February 8th win over Arizona and reeled off 7 straight wins to get them a 2nd place finish, just a game behind Oregon, and squarely into at-large tournament consideration. A 54-52 season finale loss at USC would've made things more interesting for the Bruins, but how interesting they could've gotten, we will never know. The Bruins definitely would need a lot of heroics from top scorer Chris Smith if they were to make any kind of tournament run.
     
  2. GE Nole

    GE Nole Well-Known Member
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    UCLA was really coming on at the end of the year. Would have been a great game.
     
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  3. lurkeraspect84

    lurkeraspect84 Well-Known Member
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    don't trust leprechauns going with Richmond. That's my only reasoning.
     
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