Spiders storm into AP Poll, ranked No. 19

Hokies also enter poll, Cavaliers drop 11 spots

Spiders storm into AP Poll, ranked No. 19
Nathan Cayo and Richmond upset No. 10 Kentucky on November 29, 2020. (Source: Spider Athletics)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Coming off one of its biggest wins in program history, Richmond has a national ranking next to its name. The Spiders are ranked 19th in the latest AP Top 25, their highest ranking since the 1957-1958 season.

The last time the program was ranked this high was on December 23, 1957, when Richmond held the No. 17 spot. It’s the first time the Spiders have appeared in the top 25 since March of 2010 (24th).

The accolade comes one day after Richmond’s 76-64 victory at Rupp Arena over then 10th-ranked Kentucky, marking the program’s first ever road win over a top 10 opponent. Blake Francis and Nathan Cayo scored 18 points each, the Spider defense forced 21 turnovers and it did not allow the Wildcats to connect on a three-point attempt.

Chris Mooney’s team is out to a 2-0 start after an opening win against Morehead State. Richmond saw its originally scheduled season opener against Detroit Mercy cancelled due to a positive COVID-19 test within the opponent’s program.

The Spiders hit the road again to face College of Charleston on Wednesday, with tip off scheduled for 7:00 PM.

Elsewhere, a big upset propelled Virginia Tech into the national rankings as well. The Hokies took the 16th spot in this week’s AP Poll after their 81-73 overtime win over then third-ranked Villanova on Saturday. Mike Young’s squad enters the week 3-0 after victories over Radford, the Wildcats and South Florida. Tech welcomes VMI to Cassell Coliseum on Thursday for an 8:00 PM showdown.

Virginia entered the season ranked No. 4, but fell to 15th after its 61-60 upset loss to San Francisco on Friday. The 1-1 Cavaliers host St. Francis on Tuesday at 4:00 PM.

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