Rhode Island Faces St. Bonaventure in Atlantic 10 Championship Quarterfinals

Rhode Island Faces St. Bonaventure in Atlantic 10 Championship Quarterfinals

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RHODE ISLAND VERSUS ST. BONAVENTURE

  • Rhody holds a 37-28 edge all-time in the all-time series, dating back to 1960-61.
  • In the regular season, the Rams earned a 71-59 win on Jan. 28 in Kingston.
  • The Rams are 1-2 all-time vs. the Bonnies on a neutral site.
  • The two teams met once previously in the A-10 Championship, with St. Bona earning a 60-55 victory on March 6, 1985 at the RAC in Piscataway, N.J.

RHODE ISLAND IN THE ATLANTIC 10 CHAMPIONSHIP

  • URI enters the 2017 A-10 Championship tied for third place and with the #4 seed.
  • It marks the second time in the last three years that Rhody has earned one of the top four seeds and the bye into the quarterfinals.
  • Last year as the #7 seed, Rhode Island fell, 67-62, to #10 Massachusetts at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
  • Rhode Island advanced to the A-10 Championship semifinals in 2014, falling, 56-52, to #2 seeded Dayton.
  • The Rams have advanced to the A-10 Championship semifinals 12 times (4-8) and the title game on four occasions (1-3).
  • In 2007, #4 seeded Rhode Island faced #3 George Washington in the A-10 title game in Atlantic City, N.J.
  • In 1999, Rhode Island won its only Atlantic 10 title, after Lamar Odom hit a 35-foot jumper as time expired, beating Temple, 62-59.
  • In 55 games all-time in the Atlantic 10 Championship, the Rams are 22-33.

RHODE ISLAND IN THE ATLANTIC 10 CONFERENCE - REGULAR SEASON

  • Since its inaugural season in 1980-81, Rhode Island has posted a 275-324 all-time mark in Atlantic 10 regular season play.
  • Rhode Island finished with a 13-5 Atlantic 10 record this season.
  • The 13 Atlantic 10 wins were the second-highest total in school history (14 - 1987-88).
  • Rhody went 7-2 on the road in Atlantic 10 play this season, tying a school record (7 - 1987-88).
  • Last year, the Rams were 9-9 in Atlantic 10 play and the #7 seed in the 2016 Atlantic 10 Championship.
  • Since 2014-15, Rhode Island is 35-19 (.648) in Atlantic 10 regular season games.

RHODE ISLAND'S TOURNAMENT RESUME: A SNAPSHOT OF SOME OF THE KEY NUMBERS (THRU MARCH 6)

  • NCAA RPI: 42 | KenPom: 51 | KPI: 47 | ESPN BPI: 39 | Sagarin: 52 | Composite Average: 45.8
  • RPI:  Record vs. 1-25: 2-3 | vs. 51-100: 2-4 | vs. 101-125: 5-0 | vs. 126-150: 2-1
  • URI's overall strength of schedule (SOS) ranks 55th nationally.  The Rams' non-conference SOS is 24th.
  • The Rams highest-rated win of the season: Cincinnati (RPI: 13 | KenPom: 20 | KPI: 19 | ESPN BPI: 17 | Sagarin: 18)
  • Rhody owns another top 25 RPI win: VCU (RPI: 23 | KenPom: 48 | KPI: 24 | ESPN BPI: 38 | Sagarin: 48)
  • URI's lowest-rated loss of the season: Fordham (RPI: 211 | KenPom: 196 | KPI: 202 | ESPN BPI: 210 | Sagarin: 184)
  • Average RPI of opponents: 132 | Average RPI wins: 157 | Average RPI losses: 73 | Opponent SOS: 85
  • Ken Pom:  Record vs. 1-25: 1-1 | vs. 26-50: 1-3 | vs. 51-100: 4-3 | vs. 101-125: 3-0
  • KPI:  Record vs. 1-25: 2-3 | vs. 26-50: 0-1 | vs. 51-100: 2-3 | vs. 101-125: 6-1
  • BPI:  Record vs. 1-25: 1-1 | vs. 26-50: 1-3 | vs. 51-100: 4-2 | vs. 101-125: 2-1

RHODE ISLAND'S SCHEDULE: ONE OF THE BEST IN THE NATION

  • Rhode Island's non-conference strength of schedule is ranked 24th nationally.  URI's overall strength of schedule is 55th.  
  • URI has faced six RPI top 100 non-conference foes - Cincinnati (13), Duke (14), Houston (50), Providence (52), Belmont (61), Valpo (77).
  • The average RPI of the teams in the nine losses this season - 73.  Total point differential in losses - 58 points (6.4 ppg avg. differential).
  • Four A-10 opponents also rank among the top 100 RPI: Dayton (21), VCU (23), Richmond (85), and St. Bonaventure (90).   
  • In total, Rhode Island's schedule features 10 top 100 RPI opponents (11 total games).  

TODAY IN RHODE ISLAND BASKETBALL -  MARCH 10

  • Rhode Island is 2-4 all-time in games played on March 10.  Five of the six games came in Atlantic 10 championship play.  
  • Rhody played George Washington in the A-10 title game on March 10, 2007, falling 78-69 to the Colonials in Atlantic City.
  • Last year, the Rams dropped a 67-62 decision to Massachusetts on March 10, 2016 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
  • On this date: in 1862, the United States issued its first paper money; Ulysses S. Grant became commander of the Union armies during the Civil War in 1864; the Pittsburgh Courier begins publishing in 1910; James Earl Ray pleads guilty to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" debuted on the WB Network in 1997.
  • March 10 marks the tri-celebration of National Blueberry Popover Day, National Mario Day, and National Pack Your Lunch Day.
  • Notable March 10 birthdays: singer Carrie Underwood, actress Sharon Stone, rap producer Timbaland, and Chuck Norris.

TODAY'S RHODE ISLAND FACTS YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT

  • Rhode Island closed the regular season with five straight wins for the first time since the 1996-97 season.
  • Hassan Martin is the first Rhode Island player to tally 17 or more rebounds in a game on three occasions in the same season since Art Stephenson did so during the 1967-68 season.
  • Rhode Island is the only team in the country to have three different players tally at least 17 rebounds in a single game this season.

HASSAN MARTIN: TWO-TIME ATLANTIC 10 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR; SECOND TEAM ALL-ATLANTIC 10

  • Hassan Martin became the fifth player to win back-to-back Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year awards.
  • The others: Briante Weber (VCU), Damien Saunders (Duquesne), Stephane Lasme (UMass), and Tony Dobbins (Richmond).
  • Martin became the first player to lead the league in blocks for four straight years, averaging 2.64 swats per contest in 2016-17.
  • Through 25 games played, Martin blocked 66 shots - an average of 2.64 blocks per game.  That figure ranks him 11th nationally.
  • For his career, he has compiled 314 career blocks, which ranks second all-time at Rhode Island and eighth-best in A-10 history.
  • He was also selected to his third A-10 All-Defensive team and made his second appearance on the All-A-10 second team.
  • Martin averaged 14.0 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.64 blocks, while connecting on close to 60% of his field goal attempts.  
  • He registered five double-doubles in points and rebounds and three games with 17 or more rebounds.

E.C. MATTHEWS: ALL-A-10 HONORS FOR THE THIRD TIME IN HIS CAREER

  • E.C. Matthews earned a spot on the A-10's all-conference third team, returning  to the court after missing the 2015-16 season.
  • Matthews led a balanced Rams offense in scoring, averaging 14.4 points per game - good for 14th in the league.
  • The Detroit native was the first of three Rhody players to reach the 1,000 point milestone this season.
  • The junior  scored in double-figures in 22 of 30 games.  The Rams compiled a 12-1 record in games where he scored 17 or more points.  
  • Matthews has earned a spot on one of the All-Atlantic 10 postseason teams in each of his three full seasons.
  • He was the 2013-104 A-10 Co-Rookie of the Year and earned a spot on the All-A-10 second team as a sophomore in 2014-15.

JEFF DOWTIN: ANOTHER A-10 ALL-ROOKIE SELECTION FOR RHODE ISLAND

  • Jeff Dowtin became the 16th URI player  - and the fourth during the Dan Hurley era - to earn a spot on the A-10 All-Rookie team.
  • Dowtin started the final 14 games of the season at point guard, averaging 5.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.0 steals.
  • He led the conference in assist/turnover ratio in conference play, recording 55 assists to just 19 turnovers - good for a 3.24:1 ratio.
  • The 6-3 guard was a two-time A-10 rookie of the week and tallied double figures on five occasions in conference play/
  • He scored a season-high 19 points at Davidson and posted a season-high seven assists in games at George Mason and at La Salle.
  • Rhode Island was 7-0 when Dowtin had at least four assists.

MARTIN, MATTHEWS EARN USBWA ALL-DISTRICT 1 HONORS

  • Hassan Martin and E.C. Matthews were selected to the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-District I team.
  • It marks the second time the Rhody duo were named to the USBWA All-District I team, repeating the feat during the 2014-15 season.
  • Last year, Jared Terrell and Jarvis Garrett each earned USBWA All-District 1 honors.

THE DEFENSE NEVER RESTS

  • Rhode Island holds the defensive  "triple crown" in 2016-17, leading the A-10 in scoring defense, FG% defense, and 3FG% defense.
  • Rhody has led the A-10 in scoring defense in each of the three previous seasons.  This year, URI is yielding 65.2 ppg  (36th in NCAA).
  • Saint Louis was the last team to accomplish the feat (2011-14).  For  four straight years (1997-01),  Temple led the A-10 in scoring D.
  • Additionally, the Rams are holding opponents to 40.9% shooting from the floor (38th NCAA) and 29.4% from 3FG (3rd NCAA).
  • URI held 10 opponents under 60 points - including eight games in Atlantic 10 play.  The Rams were 9-1 in those games.