On Tuesday night, No. 8 Kansas plays host to Richmond.
Richmond: The Facts
Located in Richmond, Va., with an enrollment of 2,750, Richmond is 9-2 on the season after defeating Stetson 76-57 at home Dec. 15. The Spiders are coached by Chris Mooney who is 137-105 in his eighth season at Richmond and 155-117 in his ninth season at the Division I level.
Richmond has won five straight and six of its last seven games. The Spiders average 73.5 points per game and have a +10.7 scoring margin. Richmond shoots 46.6 percent from the field, including 38.8 percent from three-point range. The Spiders force more than 16 turnovers per game and convert those to 19 points per contest. Richmond averages 17.9 free throws made, 8.8 steals per game and has a +1.0 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Senior guard Darien Brothers and junior forward Derrick Williams have each scored 360 points this season to lead the team with a 14.8 scoring average. Brothers has made a team-high 28 three-pointers and is shooting 51.9 percent from behind the arc and 86.1 percent from the free throw line. Williams leads Richmond with 7.2 rebounds per contest and a 60.3 shooting percentage. He makes 7.3 free throws per game.
Sophomore guard Kendall Anthony comes off the bench and averages 13.9 points per game. He is second on the team with 19 three-pointers made. Junior guard Cedrick Lindsay leads Richmond with 40 assists and 18 steals to complement his 13.9 scoring average. Williams, Anthony and Lindsay are joined in the starting lineup by senior forward Greg Robbins and redshirt freshman forward Alonzo Nelson-Ododa. Robbins scores 7.0 points per contest and is second on the team with 22 assists, while Nelson-Ododa leads Richmond with 13 blocked shots and is second on the squad with 4.0 rebounds per game. He is scoring 2.5 points per contest.
Other Richmond regulars include sophomore guard Wayne Sparrow (5.1 ppg, nine three-pointers), freshmen forwards Terry Allen (2.0 ppg), Deion Taylor (1.9 ppg) and redshirt freshman forward Trey Davis (1.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg).
Kansas vs. Richmond: The Series
Kansas and Richmond are meeting for the third time in men's basketball. In the first matchup, the Spiders defeated the then-12th-ranked Jayhawks 69-68 on Jan. 22, 2004, in Allen Fieldhouse. The game came during current KU head coach Bill Self's first season at the Jayhawks' helm and in the middle of the Big 12 Conference regular season.
KU defeated Richmond 77-57 in the 2011 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
KU dominated early, leading 41-22 at halftime. Current Jayhawks who played in that game include: Jeff Withey (no points, one rebound), Elijah Johnson (four points, one assist) and Travis Releford (no points). Richmond players who faced KU that day include: Darien Brothers (started, five points, one rebound), Cedrick Lindsay (two points), Derrick Williams (no points) and Greg Robbins (no points).
Wins: Liberty, UNCW, Hampton, Wofford, William & Mary, Wake Forest, @ Old Dominion, @ James Madison, Stetson
Losses: @ Minnesota, @ Ohio
Upcoming games: @ Kansas, George Mason, Davidson, Air Force, Rhode Island, @ La Salle, @ Butler, Charlotte, VCU, @ Massachusetts, @ Temple, Xavier, Saint Louis, @ Saint Josephs, St. Bonaventure, @ Fordham, George Washington, @ Dayton, VCU, Duquesne