DENVER (AP) - No matter how hard they resist, how much they
oppose, the Richmond Spiders can't seem to distance themselves from the label of "giant killer."
An upset of Charles Barkley-led Auburn in the 1984 NCAA
tournament and then another of second-seeded Syracuse in 1991 has cemented a lifetime legacy.
And while it's nice to be known as a scary Cinderella squad, the
Spiders wouldn't mind a little more validity, either. To be taken
just a little more seriously.
The 12th-seeded Spiders (27-7) take on fifth-seeded Vanderbilt
(23-10) on Thursday in the opening round of the Southwest region.
It's a Commodores team that's struggled this season to finish off
So, again, Richmond becomes a trendy pick to spring an upset.
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