Knee issues end Richmond guard Cedrick Lindsay’s season

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Through 21 games Richmond senior guard Cedrick Lindsay was one of the best guards in the Atlantic 10, posting averages of 18.3 points and 4.0 assists per game for a team that is currently 14-8 overall and 4-3 in conference play. With those numbers, it’s clear that Lindsay’s production has a significant impact on the Spiders’ success. 

On Wednesday the school confirmed reports from the Richmond Collegian and Richmond Times-Dispatch that Lindsay will miss the remainder of the season due to knee problems, with the senior guard tearing the meniscus in both knees. And with Lindsay having played more than 30% of the Spiders’ games this season (that would be the case at the end of the year) there’s no possibility of receiving a medical redshirt, meaning that his collegiate career has come to a premature end. 

“I would like to thank Cedrick for his outstanding contributions to Richmond Basketball,” Richmond head coach Chris Mooney said in a statement. “He has been an excellent player and teammate for us for the last four years. He has executed his role as team captain flawlessly.  Ced is everything that Richmond Basketball strives to be: driven, competitive, smart, tough and selfless.  I am forever grateful to be his coach.”

Lindsay’s status is the second personnel hit Richmond’s taken in the last two days, with senior forward Derrick Williams leaving the team for family reasons. Yet while Williams was a starter, his playing time dropped some six minutes per game due to the production of Terry Allen, Trey Davis and Alonzo Nelson-Ododa.

Lindsay was the unquestioned leader for this group, making this loss a tough one for the Spiders to absorb. With Wednesday’s news junior guard Kendall Anthony, who scored a career-high 31 points in Richmond’s loss at VCU on Saturday, becomes even more important for Richmond. Other options on the perimeter include freshman ShawnDre Jones and junior Wayne Sparrow.  

Marcus Paige, Joel Berry lead No. 9 North Carolina past No. 2 Maryland

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — He’s back.

For the first time this season — and for the first time in more than a year that he hasn’t been hampered with some kind of foot or ankle injury — Marcus Paige donned a North Carolina jersey, and it didn’t take him long to find the form that made him the Preseason National Player of the Year.

On the first Tar Heel possession, Paige came off of a ball-screen, drove the lane and found Kennedy Meeks at the rim for a layup. Not 30 seconds later, he came off of a down screen and buried a three. Paige would finish with 20 points and five assists as No. 9 North Carolina put together a fairly resounding win over No. 2 Maryland in the Dean Dome on Tuesday night, winning 89-81.

Paige finished 7-for-12 from the floor and 4-for-5 from beyond the arc, hitting a number of threes in the second half that helped hold off a Maryland push sparked by their own all-american point guard, Melo Trimble.

Trimble was erratic early on, committing three turnovers in the first six minutes and eight on the night, but it was his play at the end of the first half and early second half that kept North Carolina from blowing their doors. At one point, Maryland was down 32-19 and in danger of getting run out of Tobacco Road.

In total, Trimble finished with 23 points and 12 assists, hitting four big threes during that stretch. He either scored or assisted on 11 of Maryland’s first 12 second half field goals.

As good as Paige was, the bigger story may actually be Joel Berry II. He took two dumb threes in the first half — which played a role in Maryland being able to make this a game — and he missed a few free throws late, but overall he was terrific. He finished with 14 points and five assists, making 3-of-5 threes and turning the ball over just twice. He’s clearly beat Nate Britt out at the point guard spot, and his ability to take pressure off of Paige as a secondary ball-handler and playmaker is huge.

(More to come from Chapel Hill…)

VIDEO: Melo Trimble drops Nate Britt with a crossover

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North Carolina is hosting No. 2 Maryland in a heated contest in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Terps sophomore guard Melo Trimble is playing very well and part of his performance was dropping North Carolina’s Nate Britt with a crossover in the second half.

(H/T: The Cauldron)