The Richmond Spiders make their way to Lawrence, KS Tuesday night to face off against the #9 ranked Jayhawks inside Allen Fieldhouse. In late January 2004, which is the last time the Spiders paid a visit to Allen Fieldhouse, they actually won 68-69. In the 2011 NCAA tourney the Jayhawks hammered the Spiders 77-57 but no one remembers that game because Kansas won. So Tuesday marks the third meeting between the schools and gives Kansas the chance to right the wrongs that were done on James Naismith court back in 2004.
Richmond enters the game with a record of 9-2 after defeating Stetson 76-57 last Saturday at home, and has won five straight games entering Tuesday’s match-up with Kansas. The Spiders average 73.5 ppg and shoots 46.6% from the field, including 38.8% from three.
The Spiders are led by two players that both average 14.8 ppg, guard Darien Brothers and forward Derrick Williams. Brothers is their main three point threat by hitting 51.9% of his attempts. Williams hits the glass with 7.2 bounds per game to go along with his 60.3% from the field. Guard Kendall Anthony provides the spark of the bench for the Spiders with his 13.9 ppg, and is second on the team from behind the arc. Point guard Cedrick Lindsay makes it go for the Spiders with his 40 assists and 18 steals on the year to go along with his 13.9 ppg.
Here is Coach Self talking about the match-up