• WHEN/WHERE: 6 tonight at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence
• TV/RADIO: ESPN2; KCSP (610 AM)
• ABOUT RICHMOND (9-2): Richmond enters tonight’s game on a five-game winning streak after November losses at Minnesota and Ohio. The Spiders have a history with KU and Bill Self. Richmond’s victory at Allen Fieldhouse on Jan. 22, 2004, is just one of seven home losses for Self at KU. Self got some revenge during the 2011 NCAA Tournament when KU knocked off Richmond in a Sweet 16 game in San Antonio. Richmond starts four players from that squad, with Darien Brothers scoring five points in KU’s 77-57 victory. Richmond coach Chris Mooney is in his eighth season.
• ABOUT KANSAS (8-1): Kansas freshman Andrew White III grew up just 15 minutes from the Richmond campus. White, who was heavily recruited by Richmond, is friends with Richmond freshman Trey Davis. “They have a lot of good players,” White said of Richmond. “They run that Princeton offense, and on defense they switch just about everything. So we’re really gonna have to have our feet moving and be ready for back cuts.” White, 6 feet 6, had a career-high 15 points last game against Belmont while seeing time as a pick-and-pop power forward.
• BOTTOM LINE: Kansas must avoid looking ahead to Saturday’s showdown with No. 7 Ohio State in Columbus. The Jayhawks are coming off two impressive performances at home. If senior Elijah Johnson continues his maturation at point guard, the Jayhawks should be able to handle Richmond with ease.
| Rustin Dodd, firstname.lastname@example.org