While the Atlantic 10 tournament does have some teams looking to improve their standing for the upcoming NCAA tournament, there are other programs looking to make sure they wind up playing in any postseason tournament. One of those team was No. 9 seed Richmond, which entered Thursday’s quarterfinal against No. 8 seed Fordham with an overall record of 15-15 and in need of wins in Brooklyn.
Chris Mooney’s Spiders took that first step, beating the Rams 70-55 behind a balanced offensive effort led by forward T.J. Cline and guard ShawnDre’ Jones.
Cline and Jones scored 17 points apiece for Richmond, which finished the game with four double-digit scorers. Cline, who shot 8-for-15 from the field, also accounted for nine rebounds and three assists. Fellow forward Terry Allen scored ten points and grabbed nine rebounds, with guard Khwan Fore adding ten points of his own along with five rebounds and three assists.
The difference in the game was turnovers, more specifically what the Spiders were able to do with Fordham’s mistakes. Jeff Neubauer’s Rams committed 14 turnovers, which Richmond converted into 21 points on the other end. Richmond was also able to slow down the Atlantic 10’s best freshman in Fordham guard Joseph Chartouny. Chartouny scored a team-high 19 points, but he did so on 6-for-19 shooting from the field.
Next up for Richmond is No. 1 seed Dayton in Friday’s quarterfinals in a game that can be seen on NBCSN with coverage beginning at Noon eastern.
Eastern Kentucky has reportedly found a replacement for Jeff Neubauer.
Jeff Goodman of ESPN reported Tuesday night that Minnesota assistant coach Dan McHale will be the next head coach of the Colonels.
Neubauer spend the last 10 seasons on the EKU sideline, leading the Colonels to two NCAA tournament appearances. On March 30, he accepted the Fordham vacancy.
McHale had been with Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino since he took the position in 2013. Before that he was on Kevin Willard’s coaching staff at both Iona and Seton Hall.
McHale is familiar with the state of Kentucky, serving as a student manager at UK, as well as being part of the Louisville staff under Rick Pitino.
Eastern Kentucky finished 21-12 (11-5 OVC), finishing tied for first with Belmont in the Ohio Valley East Division standings.
Jeff Neubauer will be the next head coach at Fordham, according to multiple reports on Monday morning.
Neubauer spent the past ten seasons as the head coach at Eastern Kentucky, leading the Colonels to two NCAA tournaments and a 188-134 record in his tenure. This past season, EKU went 21-12 overall and 11-5 in the Ohio Valley.
Prior to getting the job at EKU, Neubauer spent nine seasons as an assistant to John Beilein at Richmond and West Virginia.
Neubauer will replace Tom Pecora, who won 44 games in five seasons in the Bronx, finishing better than 14th in the Atlantic 10 just once.
Jeff Neubauer’s second consecutive 20-win season resulted in a berth in the NCAA tournament, where Eastern Kentucky nearly upset No. 2 seed Kansas.
On Monday evening, the university announced that Neubauer, who has been at the helm since 2005, would receive a contract extension through the 2017-2018 season.
“I am very proud of coach Neubauer and his staff, and the superb job they have done in recruiting the right kind of student-athlete to EKU,” Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson said in a statement. “As stellar as Jeff’s win-loss record is, we should all be even more pleased by the fact that the program graduates more than 90 percent of the student-athletes that have exhausted their eligibility during Jeff’s tenure. That is the most important statistic.”
Neubauer is 167-122 in his nine seasons with the Colonels, compiling a 49-20 record over the course of the last two years. The most recent trip to the Big Dance was the second of his coaching tenure; the first since 2007. The Colonels march to the 2014 NCAA Tournament involved defeating the top two teams in the OVC — Murray State and Belmont — in back-to-back days. The Racers and Bears had combined for five tournament appearances since 2010, though, Eastern Kentucky was able to punch its ticket by holding off the two mid-major powers by a combined nine points en route to the OVC Tournament title.
Eastern Kentucky graduates leading score Glenn Cosey this spring, the OVC All-Conference selection who averaged 18.7 points per game. Corey Walden, the team’s second leading scorer, and reigning OVC Defensive Player of the Year, is Neubauer’s top returner.