Jan 26, 2018
- Saturday will be the 58th game all time between Rhode Island and Duquesne.
- Rhody holds a 32-25 edge overall, and it has won three straight in the series.
- Last season, the Rams defeated the Dukes 90-69 as four different players scored in double figures. Current senior E.C. Matthews scored 19 points, making all eight of his free throw attempts, and classmate Stanford Robinson came off the bench to score 10 points in 20 minutes. He added five rebounds, two assists and a steal.
- Duquesne's last win in the series was an 83-71 victory on Feb. 15, 2014 in the Ryan Center.
- Rhody enters the contest with 13 straight wins at the Ryan Center, the longest win streak in the venue's history.
- Duquesne's Eric Williams Jr. is a four-time A-10 Rookie of the Week who is is averaging 29.5 points per game and 9.5 rebounds per game in his last two contests.
SELLOUT CROWD WILL BE ON HAND
- Saturday's game is officially sold out, which is the second sellout of the season, joining the Providence game on Dec. 2
- Group sales tickets for Saturday's game reached 1,100, the most ever for a home game.
- The next home game, against Davidson on Feb. 9, also is close to being sold out already and is expected to be a full sellout well in advance of the contest.
NBCSN TO BROADCAST THE GAME
- Wednesday's game will be Rhode Island lone appearance on NBCSN this season.
- Todd Harris will handle the play-by-play and Tim McCormick will provide the color.
ROBINSON TIES SCHOOL RECORD AGAIN
- Senior Stanford Robinson had seven steals at Fordham, his second game this season with seven in a game.
- Robinson also had seven in the season opener against UNC Ashville.
- He is the first player in program history to have two games with seven steals.
- Six other players have recorded seven in one game. Before Robinson, the most recent was Keith Cothran at Ohio on Dec. 27, 2006.
- Robinson also has scored in double figures 10 times this season and also ranks 10th in the country with 2.5 steals per game.
PRESSURE DEFENSE LEADING TO OFFENSE
- Over its last three games, Rhode Island's defense has forced 63 turnovers.
- Over the same stretch, the Rams are averaging 24.0 points off turnovers.
- For the season, Rhode Island is averaging 19.9 points off turnovers per game.
- The Rams are sixth in the country and lead the Atlantic 10 with a +5.7 turnover margin.
- Rhody forces 16.95 turnovers per game, which leads the A-10 and ranks 13th nationally.
- Opponents have had 20 or more turnovers in six games, including each of the last two contest.