After the selection committee bypassed the Crimson Tide for the NCAA Tournament, the NIT welcomed them back with open arms for the third straight year.
Richmond and Alabama have met on three previous occasions in series history, with the last meeting coming almost 30 years ago on November 26, 1988 (Alabama won, 54-49).
As it turns out, they're going to the NIT. "Give Richmond credit, they came in ready to play, they really wanted to win the game". We think we had a nice end to the year.
Richmond used a 16-7 run to take a 36-27 advantage with the second of two first-half 3s from ShawnDre' Jones with 2:17 left before halftime. Collins led the Tide offensively with eight points followed by junior Riley Norris' seven first half points.
ABOUT RICHMOND (20-12): Cline (18.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, 5.7 assists) is shooting better than 51 percent from the field and has been the Spiders' jack-of-all-trades, leading the team in scoring, assists and rebounds in his senior season.
"It was very frustrating because we just couldn't seem to get over the hump", Tide guard Dazon Ingram said.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Crimson Tide are now 7.5-point home favorites versus the Spiders after opening as a 7-point favorite.