The Richmond Spiders saw their previously-scheduled Saturday matchup with Duquesne postponed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but they managed to quickly find a replacement game against Loyola-Chicago on Friday evening in Indianapolis.
Richmond will take on the former NCAA Tournament darlings in an attempt to find their sixth win of the season and second in a row after bouncing back from their first loss with a win on the road at Vanderbilt.
Airing on NBC Sports Washington, here's everything you need to know about the contest.
RICHMOND VS. LOYOLA-CHICAGO HOW TO WATCH
What: Richmond Spiders (5-1) vs. Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (3-1)
Where: Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, IN
When: Friday, December 17, 6:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: Richmond vs. Loyola-Chicago will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports channel finder)
Live Stream: You can live stream Richmond vs. Loyola-Chicago on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.
RICHMOND VS. LOYOLA-CHICAGO TV SCHEDULE
6:00 PM: Richmond vs. Loyola-Chicago (LIVE)
RICHMOND VS. LOYOLA-CHICAGO WHAT TO WATCH
-Richmond and Loyola-Chicago don't exactly have a long history together. This will be just the second meeting in the two program's histories, with the Ramblers winning 82-66 in 2018. Jacob Gilyard and Grant Golden scored 19 and 13 points in that contest, respectively.
- Blake Francis is leading a balanced Richmond attack with 14.7 points per game, one of three players averaging more than 14 points. He's coming off an excellent game at Vanderbilt in which he scored 21 points nd played 38 minutes, his second-highest total in a game this season.
- The veteran Spiders team is hoping to move to 6-1 on the season, which would match Chris Mooney's best seven-game start in his time at Richmond. He also matched the mark in 2009, 2010 and 2019. Richmond is also looking to win its sixth straight game played on a Friday.
RICHMOND VS. LOYOLA-CHICAGO PLAYERS TO WATCH
Richmond: Jacob Gilyard (Sr.), G (10.7 ppg, 6.5 apg, 4.5 spg). Gilyard is only fifth on the Spiders in scoring per game (the entire starting lineup is averaging doule-figures) but he does so much else when on the court. Gilyard has over 300 steals in his career and is averaging a whopping 4.5 per game in 2020, and the senior leader leads the team in assists by a wide margin as well.
Loyola-Chicago: Cameron Krutwig (Sr.), C (17.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 63.0 FG%). The senior big man leads the team in scoring, with only one other player averaging double figures - and Lucas Williamson is only at exactly 10.0 per game. If the Ramblers need a bucket, Krutwig is the guy they turn to.
*stats and records were retrieved Thursday, Dec. 17