Shorthanded Spiders await visit from rival VCU

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Three losses in four games have Richmond clinging to slim hopes of making the NCAA tournament.

The Spiders (18-11, 8-6 Atlantic 10) can greatly enhance their resume on Thursday night when city rival VCU visits the Robins Center, but they will have to do it with a rotation of just seven players.

Richmond lost two starters a month ago, but has struggled since winning its next three games.

The Rams (22-7, 10-4) are coming off a resume-building win of their own, at home against No. 17 Saint Louis. They will be looking to avenge an overtime loss at Richmond last season in which they blew a 7-point lead in just 42 seconds.

VCU coach Shaka Smart says his team well remembers not finishing the job a year ago.

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