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Coach: Chris Mooney


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Richmond Team Summary

Richmond has gotten off to a bit of a bumpy start to their 2021-22 college basketball campaign. They are sitting at 13-7 right now and are in 6th place of the Atlantic 10 conference. In conference play this year, they are 4-3 and are only two games behind the leader.

If Richmond can win out, this could have a shot at winning a conference title. Richmond is always a competitive team, proving it once again this year.

Richmond is scoring 74.1 points a game this year and is allowing 70.5 points a game this season. They are dishing off 16.1 assists per game and are also grabbing 32.7 rebounds per contest.

They have been led by Tyler Burton, who has scored 16.6 points a game this year, and he has also grabbed 7.3 rebounds a game to lead the team. Jacob Gilyard leads the team in both steals and assists. He averages 3.3 steals a game while dishing off 6.2 assists per contest.

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Richmond Team History

Under head coach Chris Mooney, who has led the program since the 2005–2006 season, the team last competed in the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament in 2011.

The University of Richmond’s basketball team has earned a reputation as a “giant killer” in the NCAA tournament, having defeated the Charles Barkley-led Auburn Tigers in 1984, reaching the Sweet Sixteen in 1988 by beating defending national champion Indiana and Georgia Tech, defeating #3 seeded South Carolina in 1998, and becoming the first #15 seed to defeat a #2 seed when the Spiders defeated Syracuse in 1991.

The Spiders are the first basketball team in NCAA tournament history to win games as a 12, 13, 14, and 15 seed. This feat will be hard to replicate, and their tournament success is shown by being 8-9 in their history of playing in the NCAA tournament.

Richmond 2022 Key Stats

So far this season, Richmond has averaged 74.1 points per game while allowing 70.5 points per game. They average 16.1 assists per game while also collecting 32.7 rebounds per game.

Tyler Burton has led the squad with 16.6 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game thus far this season. Jacob Gilyard has the most steals and assists on the squad. He’s averaging 3.3 steals per game while also handing out 6.2 assists.

Richmond Championships Won by the Team

Richmond has never won an NCAA championship, but they have had a good deal of success on the conference side of things. Richmond has won six conference postseason tournament titles and six regular-season titles.

Richmond last won their conference tournament in 2011, which was also their last conference title of any sort. Richmond has won all of their regular-season conference titles in the CAA before moving to the Atlantic-10.

Richmond’s first conference title came in 1984 as they won both the postseason tournament and the regular-season title. Richmond has not yet won the Atlantic-10 regular-season crown.

Richmond Important Team Events

The “Capital City Classic,” originally the “Black & Blue Classic,” is an annual clash between VCU and Richmond, one public institution and one private university. They have battled each other since 1976.

The Rams and Spiders have battled for bragging rights and conference supremacy since joining the Atlantic-10 conference in 2012, first as conference rivals within the Colonial Athletic Association, then for a few years when Richmond left to join the Atlantic-10, and now within the A-10 since VCU joined in 2012.

This rivalry has favored VCU historically and in the recent 20 years, with VCU winning 23 of the 34 games conducted in the 2000s. While VCU was rated in the top-25 in 2015, the teams met twice during the regular season. In the inaugural meeting, VCU was ranked 14th, the best rating for any team in this rivalry, and had gone unbeaten in A-10 play, while Richmond had struggled early in the season.

Richmond upset the No. 14 Rams 64-55 in the Siegel Center, demonstrating the unpredictable nature of many great rivalries. This victory set the tone for the return match, in which Richmond won 67-63 at home against then-No. 22 VCU 26 days later.

Richmond had a higher seed in the A-10 tournament after winning both games against VCU, but the Spiders were defeated 70-67 by VCU in the quarterfinals. VCU used the win to carry them through the rest of the A-10 tournament, capturing the title and earning the A-10’s automatic NCAA Tournament entry for 2015.

Richmond Top Players

John Newman is regarded as one of Richmond’s best players. With 2,383 points, Newman graduated from Richmond in 1986 as the school’s all-time point leader. With a lifetime field goal percentage of.532 and a free throw percentage of.800, he was recognized as a master marksman in college.

Newman has led Richmond to the NCAA Tournament on two occasions. Newman and the 12th-seeded Richmond Spiders beat the 5th-seeded Auburn Tigers, led by future Basketball Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley, in the first round of the 1984 Tournament.

In the second round, they were defeated by the fourth-seeded Indiana Hoosiers. In the 1986 NCAA Tournament, Richmond was seeded 11th in the East region and fell to 6th-seeded Saint Joseph’s in the first round.

After college, the Cleveland Cavaliers picked Newman in the second round of the 1986 NBA draft, with the 29th overall choice.

Grant Golden, a current player for Richmond, is another prominent player. Golden fainted and was temporarily unconscious during a game versus Texas Tech on December 17, 2016, owing to an abnormal heartbeat. To rectify his heart rhythm, he had a cardiac ablation treatment. The National Collegiate Athletic Association awarded golden a medical redshirt after missing the last nine games of the season.

As a redshirt freshman, he earned Third Team All-Atlantic 10 and Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team accolades, averaging 15.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. Golden’s 498 points set a new rookie scoring record for the program. In a 68–66 defeat to Wyoming on November 21, 2018, he set a career-best with 33 points and nine rebounds.

He was nominated to the Third Team All-Atlantic 10 for the second time as a sophomore, averaging 17.2 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game. Golden had a season-high 25 points in a 97–87 win over George Mason on January 18, 2020.

In his junior season, Golden earned Second Team All-Atlantic 10 accolades, averaging 13.4 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game. He coached Richmond to a school-record 14 conference victories. Golden entered the NBA draft in 2020 but then withdrew his name and returned to Richmond.

Golden surpassed the 2,000-point mark in his career on January 18, 2022, in a victory against Fordham.

Richmond Top Coaches

Dick Tarrant coached at Richmond for 12 years and was once the school’s all-time winningest coach. The Spiders developed a reputation as enormous murderers under Tarrant’s leadership. In their first NCAA participation, in 1984, they upset Auburn in the first round, led by Charles Barkley.

They advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in 1988, defeating reigning national champion Indiana and Georgia Tech, the longest run by a Colonial Athletic Association team at the time, before succumbing to Temple. Tarrant led the 15th seed Spiders to an upset victory against second-seeded Syracuse in 1991, marking the first time a 15th seed had advanced past the first round.

Tarrant was honored by the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2013. Richmond renamed the playing surface at the Robins Center “Dick Tarrant Court” in honor of Tarrant,” in 2015. He departed Richmond as the school’s all-time winningest coach. However, current coach Chris Mooney has since eclipsed him.

Mooney became the head coach at the University of Richmond right before the 2005 season after one season at Air Force. Mooney signed a new contract with the University of Richmond on March 27, 2011, following a run to the Sweet Sixteen in the 2011 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament. The deal runs until the 2020–21 season.

With an 84–74 win over Wake Forest on December 1, 2018, Mooney became the winningest coach in Richmond history, surpassing Dick Tarrant.

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Richmond Spiders FAQs

Who is the current head coach at Richmond?

The current head coach at Richmond is Chris Mooney.

What conference does Richmond compete in?

Richmond competes in the Atlantic-10 conference.

How many times has Richmond been to the NCAA tournament?

Richmond has been to the NCAA tournament nine times in school history.

Who is the winningest coach in school history?

The current head coach Chris Mooney has the most wins in school history as he has won 301 games.

Who is the program’s all-time leading scorer?

Johnny Newman leads Richmond in scoring all-time with 2,383 points.

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