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Deacs travel to Richmond to face Spiders

Wake Forest plays at Richmond at noon Saturday.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Danny Manning road warrior Demon Deacs travel to Richmond Saturday afternoon to face the battle-tested Richmond Spiders.

Richmond (4-3) is coming off a five-point loss to Bucknell, but took down Boston College 67-54 and took No. 23 Maryland to overtime in a 88-82 loss in consecutive nights of competition in the Barclays Center Classic.

The Spiders host the Deacs (5-2) at noon Saturday, with the game being telecast on ESPNU.

“Richmond is a team that plays a unique style of Princeton offense. Getting 3-pointers and back-door cuts is something that they’re very good at. We’ve got to go into that game and not let them score on all cylinders,” Wake Forest coach Danny Manning said. “We have to do a good job of guarding and understanding their actions. We have to be active defensively. We’re going to make some mistakes, but effort and energy can cover up some mistakes. We’ve got to be ready to fly around and be extremely active playing against that Princeton-style team.”

Seniors ShawnDre’ Jones and T.J. Cline lead the Spiders, with both averaging just a little over 18 points a game.  

“The Jones kid, the guard, is really playing well. He’s scoring the ball at a good clip. Cline, their inside presence can also step outside and make shots,” Manning said. “He’s playing great. He can go inside-outside and is their leading assist guy. We have to do a good job slowing those two down, for sure.”

Cline and Jones find looks for their teammates as well, combining for 8.3 assists per game.  

“They have guys on their roster who are capable of coming in and scoring points,” Manning said. “We have to make sure we lock in Jones and Cline, but have to be aware of the other players as well.”

The Spiders were notorious for their matchup zone, but have utilized a man-to-man much more often so far this season.  

“You still have to be prepared for that matchup zone. They’re very active in it, and switch up on crosses and exchanges,” Manning said. “For us, the ball has to move. We have to get paint touches and not settle for long, quick jump shots, especially if the shots aren’t falling.”

This will make the ninth-consecutive season Richmond and Wake have played, with the road team coming out on top in the last two encounters. Richmond defeated Wake 91-82 at Joel Coliseum, and the Deacs won in Richmond two years ago with a buzzer-beating ‘tip-in’ from Devin Thomas off the pass/missed shot from Codi Miller-McIntyre.

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