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Men's Basketball GameDay Central - TCU
Courtesy: Richmond Athletics
Release: 03/21/2017
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FORT WORTH, Texas - The Richmond Spiders (22-12) travel to Texas to compete in the NIT Quarterfinals for the second time in three seasons at TCU (21-15).

Richmond makes its ninth appearance in the NIT and the second in three seasons, advancing to the quarterfinals both times. UR is now 10-8 in the NIT with four wins against power-conference teams.

Four Spiders will make homecoming trips to Texas, especially T.J. Cline who hails from Plano. This marks UR's second Texas trip in the last two years after playing at Texas Tech last season.

In terms of a single season, Cline is now second for most assists in a year (nine away from first). He is ninth for points in a season and 10th for rebounds. He is the only player to rank in the top 10 of all three categories in one season at Richmond.

Tuesday marks the first meeting between TCU and Richmond in program history.

The game will air on ESPN2 with Dave LaMont and Stephen Howard on the call. Fans can watch online through the Watch ESPN app.

The game will also be on the radio on ESPN 950 AM, 107.3 BBT and Bob Black and Greg Beckwith will call the action over the radio airwaves.

Who Richmond Spiders (22-12) at TCU Horned Frogs (21-15)
When Tuesday, March 21, 7 p.m. ET
Where Fort Worth, Texas
Venue Schollmaier Arena (6,800)
TV ESPN2 | Watch Online
On Air Dave LaMont, Stephen Howard

ESPN 950 AM | 107.3 BBT |

On Air Bob Black, Greg Beckwith
Live Stats Click Here
Game Notes Notes

Scouting TCU
TCU returns home after a thrilling overtime win over top-seeded Iowa on Sunday night. The Horned Frogs shoot 35.5 percent from long range and average 7.2 threes per game. TCU went 6-12 in Big 12 play, but picked up wins over Oklahoma and Kansas in the Big 12 Tournament and earned the four seed in the NIT.

Vlad Brodziansky averages a team-high 13.7 points per game while Kenrich Williams has 10.9 points and 9.4 rebounds per contest. Guard Jaylen Fisher (9.9 ppg) will not play after breaking his wrist last week.

Series vs. TCU
Tuesday marks the first meeting between Richmond and TCU.

Richmond In The NIT
Richmond is making its ninth trip to the NIT and second in three seasons. UR is 10-8 all-time in the tournament, advancing to the quarterfinals in 2002 and 2015 at home. The Spiders have picked up a number of NIT victories over power-conference teams including Alabama, Arizona State, Minnesota and West Virginia.

Texas Connections
Tuesday marks a special homecoming for Spider standout T.J. Cline who hails from Plano, Texas. He is good friends with TCU's Chris Washburn after growing up on the AAU circuit together. Fellow Spiders ShawnDre' Jones (Houston), Jesse Pistokache (Mission, Texas) and Chase Fletcher (Dallas) also have Texas roots.

Last season, the Spiders played at Texas Tech in the only Texas game in this current group's careers.

Small But Mighty
Richmond uses a lineup with four of five starters standing at 6-4 or shorter. The Spiders' first player off the bench is 6-3 Julius Johnson. However, 6-0 Khwan Fore led the Spiders in rebounds in the A-10 tournament and 6-4 Nick Sherod was second. UR's defense forces 14.2 turnovers per game and the Spiders are 29th in the country in turnover margin.

Pushing the Pace
Richmond plays a Princeton-style offense but the Spiders love to push the pace. Sunday's game was the eighth contest with Richmond scoring over 80 points (7-1 when doing so). The Spiders are near the top 100 in terms of fastest possessions.

Richmond now leads the A-10 and ranks 47th in the country with a field goal percentage of 47.0. UR is 15th in the nation with a two-point FG percentage of 55.3.

Awards Center
Richmond senior T.J. Cline was named Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and freshman De'Monte Buckingham was tabbed Rookie of the Year. Along with Cline on the First Team and Buckingham on the Rookie team, ShawnDre' Jones was named All-A-10 Third Team.

Richmond became the first team since 1988, and just the third team in A-10 history, to boast both the Player and Rookie of the Year on the same team.

With Cline on the First Team, the Spiders have now had five First Team honorees since 2010, more than any other A-10 program over that stretch.

Cline was also named the Richmond-Times Dispatch Virginia State Player of the Year and earned a spot on the All-Virginia First Team. He is the fifth Spider to win State Player of the Year honors all-time.

Cline was tabbed by the USBWA as the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week after his triple-double. It marked the first national player of the week honor for any Spider.

Mr. Triple-Double
After coming close on three occasions, T.J. Cline finally broke through for the first-ever triple-double in school history against Duquesne. He scored 34 points with 12 rebounds and 11 assists. It marked just the sixth time that any NCAA DI player has reached 30 points in a triple-double in the last 20 years. Of those six players, Cline was the only one to do it in regulation.

On Senior Day, Cline broke through again, tallying 19 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists. He is one of just two players with two triple-doubles in the NCAA this year.

Cline has more assists than any player in the country his height or taller and ranks 10th in the nation with an assist rate of 37.8. His 191 assists on the season rank second all-time at Richmond as he now trails Greg Beckwith's single-season school record by nine dimes.

Cline is putting together one of the best seasons in recent memory in rebounding as Charles Stephens (1997-98) was the last Spider to average over eight rebounds a game for an entire season (8.3).

Cline has tallied 11 double-doubles this season, more than any other Spider since 1987-88 when Peter Woolfolk tallied 13.

Batman and Robin
Cline's partner in crime the past three years has been fellow senior ShawnDre' Jones. Jones also scored 30 points in UR's win over Duquesne, the first time a pair of Spiders have each scored 30 in a game in Mooney's tenure. Jones then followed it up with a gutsy 30-point effort at VCU. He is tied for second in the A-10 with three 30-point games this year.

Jones is averaging 17.0 points per game and 3.9 assists per game, ranking top 10 in the league in both categories. His assist-turnover ratio of 2.0 ranks eighth in the league.

With 3,213 combined points in their careers, Jones and Cline are the second-highest scoring teammate pair to be on the court at the same time for UR (Anderson-Gonzalvez had 3,279 by end of 2010 season.)

The Buck Stops Here
The Atlantic 10's Rookie of the Year, De'Monte Buckingham has been outstanding since entering the starting lineup at JMU (12/20).

He tallied the most rebounds (194) of any Spider freshman since Charles Stephens in 1998.

Over the last eight games, Buckingham has averaged 15.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 steals. He has shot 20-39 from three over that stretch as UR has gone 7-1.

Khwan Effect
Although quiet off the court, Khwan Fore can make a big statement on it. His rim-rattling dunks can be momentum shifters when coming from a 6-0 guard. He had three such dunks in the second half at Dayton and two against Davidson. He is Richmond's most athletic player pound-for-pound with a 45-inch vertical.

He exploded for a career-high 24 points against George Washington, scoring on dribble drives and pull-up jumpers at the elbow. He then dished a career-high 12 assists at Fordham, the most by any Spider since 1996. In the A-10 quarterfinals, Fore scored 14 points and had the game-winning steal and layin as the clock expired.

Defending The Line
Richmond has done a fantastic job defending the three-point line this season. It's even more impressive considering the improvement from last year. Last season, Richmond ranked 267th in three-point defense. This year, the Spiders rank 40th in the nation by holding opponents to just 32.0 percent from long range.

Assist To...
The Spiders have always run an offense with constant motion and crisp passes that lead to shots in rhythm. Richmond is at its best when every player on the court is setting up someone else for a shot.

The Spiders lead the league in assists (16.8) and assist-turnover ratio (1.5). Richmond has dished more or same assists than the opponent in 27 of the season's 34 games. In Atlantic 10 play, the Spiders averaged 18.1 assists per game.

UR ranks ninth in the country in assist-to-FG percentage of 62.9. The Spiders led the league in assist-turnover ratio last year and ranked second the year before.

Build A Lead, Keep It
Richmond has been extremely successful when getting out to first-half leads. The Spiders are 18-2 when leading or tied at the half and just 4-10 when trailing. UR has also been consistent about holding onto leads in the final five minutes. The Spiders are 20-1 when leading with five minutes remaining in the game.

Climbing The Record Books
T.J. Cline and ShawnDre' Jones are the second-highest scoring teammate duo in school history and both players are about to enter the top 10 in scoring. Cline ranks ninth with 1614 career points, just 16 shy of Curtis Blair. Jones is five points away from Peter Woolfolk and 10th all-time.

Cline is also top-10 all-time in field goals made, assists and field goal percentage. Jones is top 10 in career threes, assists and three-point percentage.

In terms of a single season, Cline is now second for most assists in a year (nine away from first). He is ninth for points in a season and 10th for rebounds. He is the only player to rank in the top 10 of all three categories in one season at Richmond.

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