NCAA Tournament: Richmond Faces Kansas For A Spot In The Elite 8

Richmond will be the Cinderella team in the Sweet 16. The No. 12 seeded Spiders will face one of the tournament favorites in Kansas on Friday night.

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2011 NCAA Tournament: Richmond Playing Top Seeded Kansas In Sweet 16 Action

The second night of the Sweet 16 of the 2011 NCAA Tournament is tonight, and it features the Richmond Spiders, who have played their way onto National consciousness with a strong run through the Tournament's first weekend. But their path gets considerably harder tonight when they face Kansas. The game starts at 7:27 and can be seen on TBS.

Kansas is one of the favorites for the tournament at this point, and they have a number of players that will be matchup problems for the Spiders. It all starts with the Morris twins, who can wreak havoc on even the best front lines. This might be the first time in the tournament that Richmond's Justin Harper isn't bigger than his opponent. They also have a lot of talent on other parts of the court, and it will be hard for Richmond to match that.

We'll be covering this game tonight, and you can find all the latest news and notes about this game here.

 

More 2011 March Madness resources: Visit our NCAA Tournament hub for up-to-date news and information ... updated printable NCAA Tournament bracket.

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NCAA Bracket Update, Richmond Defeats Morehead State, 65-48, Advances To Sweet 16

In a battle of first round upset victors, the No. 12 seed Richmond Spiders, behind 48 percent shooting from the floor, dismissed No. 13 seed Morehead State 65-48 to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA bracket. The Spiders took the metaphorical scalpel to the Eagles, dissecting them to the tune of 18 assists on 26 made field goals.

Senior forward Justin Harper took over for Richmond midway through the second half, finishing with 19 points (on nine of 18 shooting), six rebounds and three assists. Fellow senior standout Kevin Anderson added 14 points, four assists and three rebounds, while Spiders big man Dan Geriot contributed 13 points and seven rebounds.

Morehead State's star big man Kenneth Faried was basically held in check by the Richmond bigs. Faried mustered only 11 points and 13 rebounds. Demonte Harper, hero of the upset win over No. 4 Louisville, scored only four points but chipped in 11 rebounds and four assists.

Richmond will face either Southwest Region No. 1 seed Kansas or No. 9 seed Illinois in New Orleans next Thursday or Friday (times and dates will be announced when all games conclude tomorrow evening). Someone remind Darius Garrett tomorrow that Richmond won this game, because he might be a tad foggy tonight. (via @bubbaprog)

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NCAA Tournament Update: Balanced Richmond Leads Morehead State, 30-21, At Halftime

Richmond took an early 14-4 lead over Morehead State and kept the Eagles at bay for the rest of the half, heading into the break with a 30-21 margin in a third-round NCAA Tournament Southwest Region contest. The 12th-seeded Spiders held the 13th seed to 35 percent shooting and only committed three turnovers in controlling the action throughout the first half.

Morehead State got to within three points at 22-19 before Richmond finished the half on an 8-2 run. Neither team was effective from beyond the arc, shooting a combined 3-15. The Spiders held Demonte Harper, hero of Morehead's upset of Louisville, scoreless in the first frame. Harper did pull down six rebounds to lead all players.

Justin Harper scored nine points to pace a balanced Spider attack, with Dan Geriot and Kevin Anderson chipping in six apiece. Kenneth Faried and Ty Proffitt each tallied six for the Eagles. Faried grabbed five boards and authored the signature play thus far, leaping high to block Harper's dunk attempt midway through the period.

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NCAA Bracket Update, Richmond Vs. Morehead State: Spiders Look To Move To Sweet 16

Atlantic 10 champion Richmond looks to keep its hot streak alive against fellow upstart Morehead State in the (technically) third round of the NCAA Tournament, tipping off against the Eagles at 5:15 EDT from Denver. The Spiders topped 5th-seeded Vanderbilt, 69-66, behind Kevin Anderson's 25 points, while Morehead State surprised Louisville, the Southwest Region's 4th seed, 62-61. Demonte Harper hit a clutch triple with 4.2 seconds left to lift the Eagles to the win. Terrance Hill hit five of six three-pointers on his way to a game-high 23 points for Morehead.

Richmond has won eight consecutive games, moving to 28-7 on the year with their win over Vandy. The victory was the Spiders' first NCAA Tournament scratch since a 1998 win over South Carolina. 

Morehead State is seeking to be only the second 13 seed to beat a 12 to reach the Sweet Sixteen. Kenneth Faried, the NCAA's all-time leading rebounder, grabbed 17 boards in the win over Louisville, despite an unusually poor offensive showing. Faried made only 4 of 17 shots to score 12 points. Today's matchup marks only the ninth time in Tournament history that a 12 and 13 have met in the Round of 32.

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2011 NCAA Tournament Schedule: Richmond Vs. Morehead State To Play At 5:15 Saturday

Coming off an upset win over the No. 5 seed Vanderbilt, Richmond will take on another NCAA bracket buster as the 2011 NCAA Tournament continues on Saturday. The Spiders will play No. 13 seed Morehead State on Saturday at 5:15 p.m. after the Eagles upset No. 4 seed Louisville on Thursday on CBS.

Richmond advanced past Vanderbilt, 69-66, while Morehead State slipped by Louisville, 62-61. The NCAA is clearly interested in the two underdogs, putting them on CBS. Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery will have the call.

The Spiders will have their issues with Kenneth Faried, Morehead State's best player and an absolute demon on the boards. Faried is a difficult matchup for Justin Harper on the interior, and Harper will need help. Then again, Richmond will struggle to guard Kevin Anderson, who carried the Spiders past Vanderbilt with 25 points.

For a full printable NCAA bracket after Thursday's second-round action, click here. 

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Vanderbilt Vs. Richmond Score Update: Spiders Upset Commodores 69-66, Will Face Morehead State Saturday

The No. 12 over No. 5 upset is almost a guarantee in every NCAA Tournament. Richmond filled the quota Thursday.

After starting a run in the first half, the Spiders finished it by defeating the Vanderbilt Commodores 69-66 in the second round of the Southwest Region.

The Spiders trailed by as many as 11, but cut the lead to three before halftime as the Commodores held a 35-32 advantage. Darien Brothers would hit a three-pointer 16 seconds into the second half to tie the score, but Vanderbilt responded with a 13-4 run to take a nine-point lead. Richmond made a run of their own, going on a 12-0 run to take a 51-48 lead, one that they would hold for good.

Kevin Anderson, who led the Spiders with 25 points, would hit a floater with 18.9 seconds left to give Richmond a 68-65 lead. The game would turn into a free throw shooting contest, but Richmond couldn't put Vanderbilt away. It took a desperation heave from Rod Odom at the buzzer to seal the Commodores' fate.

Vanderbilt, who is familiar with early round disappointment, heads home, while the Spiders advance to play No. 13 Morehead State, who upset No. 4 Louisville. The two teams will meet Saturday.

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Vanderbilt Vs. Richmond Score Update: Spiders Trail, 35-32, At Halftime

Things looked bad for Richmond in its first-round NCAA Tournament game against Vanderbilt. The Spiders fell behind by double digits and struggled to deal with Vanderbilt on the offensive end. But one play changed the tide.

Vanderbilt center Festus Ezeli elbowed Richmond center Dan Geriot in the face going for a rebound attempt, picking up an intentional foul and stopping the game for several minutes as blood was cleaned up. The play seemed to fire up the Spiders, who ended the half on a 14-6 run to cut Vanderbilt's lead to 35-32 at halftime.

Ezeli picked up an intentional foul on the play, but is still in the game. He has been dominating the Spiders, with 13 points and two blocked shots. Meanwhile, both of Richmond's big guns have struggled. Kevin Anderson has nine points, but needed 10 shots to get there, while Justin Harper has just four points on 1-6 shooting.

The winner will take on Morehead State after its stunning win over No. 4 seed Louisville earlier in the day.

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2011 NCAA Tournament Schedule And Announcers: Richmond Plays Vanderbilt Thursday At 4:10 P.M.

The 2011 NCAA Tournament schedule is now out, and we know when Richmond will play its game. The No. 12 seed Spiders will play No. 5 seed Vanderbilt in Denver on Thursday at 4:10 p.m. on TBS. Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery will be the announcers.

The Spiders won the Atlantic 10 Tournament on Sunday, topping Dayton to win the crown, so in many ways, they might be underseeded. However, the selection committee probably had little time to move Richmond up on account of its tournament win. In return, they will play a relatively weak No. 5 seed in Vanderbilt. The Commodores lost in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament to Florida on Saturday.

The winner of this game will face the winner of the game between No. 4 seed Louisville and No. 13 seed Morehead State, which will take place at 1:45 p.m. on TBS immediately prior to the Vanderbilt-Richmond game.

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2011 NCAA Tournament: No. 12 seed Richmond Plays No. 5 seed Vanderbilt, Brackets Everywhere Pencil In Their 12/5 Upset

On Thursday in Denver, the No. 12 seed Richmond Spiders of the Atlantic 10 will take on the five seed Vanderbilt Commodores of the Southeastern Conference in a 2011 NCAA Tournament Southwest region first-round match up. Before brackets could even be posted to the internet (which they are now), fans were falling all over themselves to choose this game as a first round upset, fulfilling the annual 12/5 legacy.

It's a logical pick. Richmond is a balanced and senior-led team brimming with confidence after an emotional conference tournament victory. They're led by the inside-out tandem of 6'10" forward Justin Harper (18 points per game, seven rebounds per game) and 6'0" senior guard Kevin Anderson (16 ppg, 3 assists per game).  Coach Chris Mooney has a team primed to pull the upset.

But if I may make an awkward cross-sport comparison here for a moment and channel Lee Corso, "Not so fast, my friend." The Vanderbilt Commodores are no slouches, as wins over North Carolina and Kentucky earlier in the season prove. John Jenkins (20 ppg, 3rpg) and Jeffrey Taylor (15 ppg, 5 rpg) lead a group that averages 76 points a game (30th in the NCAA).  Vanderbilt has impressive depth as well, with nine players averaging 15 minutes or more a game.

But no matter what the result of this first round match up, I can be sure of one thing - @buster_espn is disappearing for a few minutes during a split squad spring training game to watch some of Spiders/Commodores.

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2011 NCAA Tournament: Richmond Receives 12 Seed, Will Play Vanderbilt In First Round

The Richmond Spiders have received a No. 12 seed in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The NCAA Tournament bracket was just revealed on the Selection Sunday show on CBS, and the Spiders will be in the Southwest region. They will play Vanderbilt in the first round on Thursday in Denver. This is the second consecutive NCAA tournament appearance for Richmond, and the ninth total for the school.

Richmond (27-7) earned the Atlantic 10's automatic bid into the Big Dance with their 67-54 victory over the Dayton Flyers earlier today in Atlantic City, NJ. A veteran squad, the Spiders are led by senior forward Justin Harper (18 points per game, 7 rebounds per game, 46 percent three point shooter) and senior guard Kevin Anderson (16 ppg, 3 apg, 43 percent three point shooter). Anderson was named Atlantic 10 Tournament MVP in leading Coach Chris Mooney's squad to a victory in the finals a year after losing a heart breaker to the Temple Owls.

Richmond has a knack for putting the madness in March (just ask any Syracuse fan). They are the only school to win NCAA tournament games as a No. 12, 13, 14 and 15 seed. Looks like they have another shot to be the perennial 5/12 winner.

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