Whatever slim chance Richmond had of making a late NCAA tournament push probably vanished Wednesday with the news that the Spiders will be without their best player for the rest of the season.
Richmond coach Chris Mooney announced Wednesday afternoon that senior guard Cedrick Lindsay's college career is over as a result of a torn meniscus in both knees. Lindsay, the Atlantic 10's third-leading scorer, was averaging 18.3 points per game and was leading the Spiders in steals and assists.
"I would like to thank Cedrick for his outstanding contributions to Richmond Basketball," Mooney said in a statement. "He has been an excellent player and teammate for us for the last four years. He has executed his role as team captain flawlessly. Ced is everything that Richmond Basketball strives to be: driven, competitive, smart, tough and selfless. I am forever grateful to be his coach."
The loss of Lindsay comes just a day after Richmond's only other senior, forward Derrick Williams, left the team for personal reasons. Williams averaged 5.8 points and 3.7 boards in 20.6 minutes per action.
Richmond's top 50 RPI and recent victories over UMass and St. Joseph's had offered hope that the Spiders (14-8, 4-3) might make a February surge, but it's difficult to envision that happening anymore. There's not enough guard depth or scoring punch on the roster to absorb the loss of a player as critical as Lindsay.
Much of the burden will fall on the shoulders of guard Kendall Anthony, the team's second leading scorer at 14.8 points per game. Freshman guard ShawnDre Jones and junior Wayne Sparrow are the most obvious options to see their playing time increase with Lindsay gone.