The Richmond Spiders play the Iowa Hawkeyes in the first round of the Midwest region of the NCAA tournament on Thursday at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. Richmond defeated Davidson to win the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament on Sunday 64-62. Jacob Gilyard scored 26 points to lead the Spiders. Richmond finished the regular season 23-12 overall and 10-8 in Atlantic 10 play.
Tyler Burton is the leading scorer and rebounder for Richmond with averages of 16.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, while Jacob Gilyard is the leader in assists with an average of 5.5 assists per game. Richmond has three players averaging double-figures in scoring and as a team the Spiders are scoring an average of 71.9 points per game while shooting 44.4% overall and 33.8% from 3-point territory.
The Iowa Hawkeyes defeated the Purdue Boilermakers 75-66 to win the Big Ten Tournament title on Sunday. Keegan Murray was the leading scorer and rebounder for Iowa with 19 points and 11 rebounds. The Big Ten title was Iowa's first since 2006 and gave the Hawkeyes an automatic berth into the Big Dance. Iowa finished the regular season 26-9 overall and 12-8 in Big Ten play.
Keegan Murray is leading Iowa in scoring and rebounding with averages of 23.7 points and 8.6 rebounds per game, while Joe Toussaint is the leader in assists with an average of 3.3 assists per game. Iowa has four players averaging in double-figures in scoring and as a team is scoring an average of 84.0 points per game, while shooting 46.5% overall and 37.1% from three-point territory.