#669 University of Richmond Spidersvs.#670 Texas Christian University Horned Frogs
Written by Chris Kubala
Richmond Spiders (22-12 SU, 15-12-3 ATS, 15-14-1 O/U) vs. TCU Horned Frogs (21-15 SU, 16-18 ATS, 18-16 O/U)
NCAAB: Tuesday, March 21, 2017, Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena, Fort Worth, Texas, 7 pm ET
Spread: TCU -7.5, Over/Under: 150.5
It’s a quarterfinal matchup of the NIT down in the Lone Star State. The sixth-seeded Richmond Spiders take to the road again as they take on the fourth-seeded TCU Horned Frogs Tuesday night. Richmond advanced to the quarterfinals after taking down seventh-seeded Oakland 87-83 at home Sunday. TCU reached the quarterfinals as they downed top-seeded Iowa 94-92 in overtime on the road Sunday. This marks the first time that the teams have met on the hardwood.
Richmond took everything that Oakland’s high powered offense could throw at them but still had enough to get the win when all was said and done. The Spiders led by five at the half but couldn’t seal the game up until T.J. Cline hit a pair of free throws with four seconds to play. Richmond shot a solid 53.4 percent from the field and hit 9 of 23 three point attempts to offset Oakland hitting 11 triples in the game. The Spiders held the Golden Grizzlies to 45.9 percent shooting in the contest to pick up the close victory. Cline had 25 points, nine rebounds and six assists to lead Richmond in the victory.
The Spiders are an average offensive unit as they are ranked tied for 150th in the nation in scoring offense as they put up 74.4 points per game. Richmond is 338th in the country in rebounding with 31.1 boards a night and 14th with 16.8 assists per game. The Spiders are slightly above average defensively, ranking tied for 159th in scoring defense as they allow 71.6 points a night. The Spiders are shooting 47 percent from the floor as a team on the year. Richmond is shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and the team drills 7.8 three point field goals per game. T.J. Cline leads the Spiders with 18.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game. Shawndre’ Jones contributes 17 points plus 3.9 assists a night while Khwan Fore chips in 11.2 points and 4.2 boards a game. De’Monte Buckingham (10.5 points, 5.7 rebounds), Nick Sherrod and Julius Johnson each add at least five points a night for the Spiders this season.
TCU has won four of five now dating back to the start of the Big 12 Tournament, including a win over then-#1 Kansas. The Horned Frogs picked up an impressive road win by beating Iowa in overtime to reach the quarterfinals. After allowing Iowa to tie the game in the closing seconds of regulation, TCU never trailed in the overtime. The Horned Frogs shot 50.7 percent from the field and connected on 10 of their 24 three point attempts in the game. TCU allowed Iowa to shoot 54 percent overall, including 16 of 30 three point attempts, but forced 17 turnovers. Vladimir Brodziansky and Alex Robinson each finished with 19 points to lead the Horned Frogs.
The Horned Frogs are 154th in scoring offense as they pile up 74.2 points per game. TCU is 193rd in rebounding with 35.5 boards per contest and 16th with 16.7 assists per game. The Horned Frogs are 129th in scoring defense as they allow 70.6 points per contest. TCU is shooting 46.4 percent from the floor as a team. The Horned Frogs are knocking down 7.2 triples per game on 35.5 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Vladimir Brodziansky leads the team with 13.7 points plus 5.6 boards per game. Alex Robinson adds 11.4 points and 5.7 assists a night while Kenrich Williams chips in 10.9 points and 9.4 rebounds per contest. Jaylen Fisher (10.1 points, 4.3 assists), Desmond Bane and JD Miller each put up at least 6.9 points a night for TCU. Fisher broke his wrist earlier this month and is done for the year. Brandon Parrish and Karviar Shepard each add better than 4.4 points a game for a deep Horned Frogs rotation.
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Christopher Kubala has been crunching stats and following sports for over 30 years. His in depth analysis and passion for sports have led him to writing books about sports, regularly being featured on sports talk radio and as the go-to person for any obscure trivia. He keeps an eye on transactions and statistics like a hawk, especially when it comes to football, both the NFL and college, the NHL, the NBA and college basketball and MLB.