Rhode Island Opens 2017-18 With UNC Asheville Friday Night

Rhode Island Opens 2017-18 With UNC Asheville Friday Night

THE BASICS
UNC Asheville at Rhode Island 
Tip-Off: Friday, Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m. EST * (Game will begin 60 minutes after the women's game concludes)
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RHODE ISLAND VS. UNC ASHEVILLE - SERIES NOTES

  • Rhode Island and UNC Asheville are meeting for just the second time ever. The only previous meeting came in the 2013-14 season, when the Rams won 73-56 in Kingston.
  • Like Friday's game, the first meeting with UNC Asheville was part of the NIT Season Tip-Off.
  • UNC Asheville head coach Nick McDevitt was in his first season with the Bulldogs the first time these two teams met. Rhode Island's Dan Hurley was in his second season with the Rams.
  • Much like Rhode Island in the Atlantic 10, the Bulldogs are the preseason pick to win the Big South.
  • Both teams are coming off strong seasons in 2016-17. Rhode Island won the second Atlantic 10 title in program history and advanced to the Round of 32 in the NCAA Championship. UNC Asheville was the regular-season champion of the Big South and played in the CIT, marking its second straight postseason appearance. The Bulldogs were in the 2016 NCAA Championship field.

RAMS RECEIVE VOTES IN PRESEASON POLLS

  • Rhode Island is clearly on the national radar as the 2017-18 season opens, as the Rams finished just outside the top 25 in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the USA Today Top 25 preseason polls.
  • The Rams were 28th in the AP poll, getting 49 points and coming in just behind Alabama and Virginia.
  • Rhody was 31st in the USA Today Coaches Poll with 32 point, just one vote behind TCU.

GAME WILL STREAM FOR FREE ON ATLANTIC 10 NETWORK

  • Friday's game can be viewed for free via the Atlantic 10 Network.
  • Each of Rhode Island's home games that are not on national television will be available free via the Atlantic 10 Network. These games include Holy Cross (Nov. 19), College of Charleston (Dec. 16), Iona (Dec. 21), George Mason (Dec. 30) and La Salle (Jan. 3).
  • The Nov. 28 game against Brown will be available via the Stadium network.

EXPERIENCE TO LEAN ON 

  • Senior guards E.C. Matthews, Jared Terrell, Jarvis Garrett and Stanford Robinson have combined to play in 390 college basketball games in their careers.
  • Matthews and Terrell have each appeared in 100 games.
  • Terrell has played an average of 31.0 minutes per game while Matthews has averaged 27.6 minutes per game over the course of their respective careers.
  • Robinson has played in 99 games, including 64 in two seasons at Indiana.
  • Garrett has 91 contests under his belt.
  • Sophomore Jeff Dowtin became a starter midway through his freshman season when Garrett missed time with injury. Dowtin averaged 22.2 minutes per game in his first season.
  • NBCSports.com - which picked the Rams to win the Atlantic 10, said Rhode Island had "one of the deepest backcourt rotations in the country, never mind the Atlantic 10."

SCORE ANOTHER ONE FOR THE SENIORS

  • With a five-member senior class, Rhode Island brings significant experience back this season.
  • The five Ram seniors have combined to score 3,761 points while in Rhode Island, believed to be the second most for a senior class at one school entering the 2017-18 season.
  • Only Seton Hall (3,816) has received more points from its senior class.
  • If the scoring totals for Stanford Robinson's time at Indiana are included, Rhody's seniors have combined for 4,063 points in their careers thus far: E.C. Matthews - 1,519 points; Jared Terrell - 1,182 points; Jarvis Garrett - 762 points; Stanford Robinson - 527 points (225 at Rhode Island, 302 at Indiana); Andre Berry - 73 points

GARRETT CAN DISH IT OUT

  • While he needs 238 more points to become the 55th player in program history to reach 1,000 points, senior Jarvis Garrett already is 10th in team history with 320 assists.
  • He needs just 26 more to move all the way up to sixth in Rhody history.
  • If he reaches 1,000 points, Garrett would become just the seventh player in Rhode Island history to record 1,000 points and 300 or more assists.
  • The others were Carlton "Silk" Owens (2,114 points/502 assists from 1984-88); Tyson Wheeler (1,918 points/712 assists from 1994-98); Tom Garrick (1,573 points/407 assists from 1984-88); Jiggy Williamson (1,531 points/346 assists from 1974-78); Stan Wright (1,346 points/333 assists from 1974-78); and Preston Murphy (1,218 points/322 assists from 1995-99).