The Richmond Spiders, rebuilding after four senior starters graduated from last year’s Sweet Sixteen team, roll into town on Friday to play UCLA.
I watched the Spiders play last month at the Robins Center at the Richmond campus and twice on television. My analysis is simple: when they can be brilliant and horrible – all in the same game.
Richmond’s fortunes seems to be tied to those of the team’s only returning starter, Darien Brothers. When he is hitting his shots, as he did the other night against Old Dominion, the chances are good for a victory.
Other players to watch are 5-8 freshman guard Kendall Anthony and center Darius Garrett, who ranks fifth in the nation in blocking shots. Garrett is a senior, but played behind NBA pick Justin Harper and Dan Geroit the last three seasons.
Even as a reserve, he made some noise. He tied an NCAA record with fourteen blocks in one game.
Richmond alumni will enjoy a social prior to the game.
I’ll be there with my family.