Rams Host Second-Place Davidson on ESPN2 Friday Night

Rams Host Second-Place Davidson on ESPN2 Friday Night

THE BASICS
Davidson at Rhode Island
Tip-Off: Friday, Feb. 9, 7:01 p.m. EST
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RHODE ISLAND VS. DAVIDSON - SERIES NOTES

  • Friday will be the ninth game all time between Rhode Island and Davidson.
  • Rhode Island leads the series, 5-3 and has won each of the last three meetings.
  • This will be Davidson's fourth visit to the Ryan Center. Rhode Island has won two of the previous three home games against the Wildcats, including a 73-70 thriller last season.
  • The last meeting between the schools was in the Atlantic 10 Championship semifinals last season, when Rhody won 84-60. E.C. Matthews led the Rams with 19 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the floor. He was 4-for-4 from the 3-point arc and 5-for-5 from the charity stripe.
  • Davidson comes into Friday on a three-game winning streak and is second in the conference standings. 
  • Peyton Aldridge is averaging 20.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game for the Wildcats.

RAMS BACK ON ESPN2

  • For the second straight game, Rhode Island will be on ESPN2 Friday night.
  • This will will mark Rhody's sixth game on the ESPN family of networks this season.
  • Mike Corey will handle the play-by-play and Mark Plansky will be the color analyst. The duo also did the game at VCU last week.

COACHES POWERING FORWARD FOR AUTISM

  • Coaches from around the country will be raising money for autism through Coaches Powering Forward for Autism benefiting Autism Speaks. 
  • As part of the effort, coaches will be wearing the blue puzzle piece pin on their suit jackets during the games this weekend.
  • This is part of college basketball's autism awareness weekend, an effort started by Towson head men's basketball coach Pat Skerry and USF assistant men's basketball coach Tom Herrion.
  • It has since gone national with support from the NABC and Autism Speaks.
  • For more information on the effort, visit https://www.autismspeaks.org/coaches.

GUARD DEPTH PAYING DIVIDENDS

  • With just 241 turnovers, Rhode Island has committed the seventh fewest turnovers in the country.
  • Rhody has turned it over 10 times or less in 10 games this season.
  • The Rams are fourth in the country and lead the Atlantic 10 with a +5.7 turnover margin.
  • On offense, the Rams are turning the ball over just 11.0 times per game, which is 22nd nationally.
  • Rhody forces 16.68 turnovers per game, which leads the A-10 and ranks 14th nationally.
  • Opponents have had 20 or more turnovers in six games, including twice in conference play.

RAMS ONE OF 11 TEAMS YET TO LOSE IN LEAGUE PLAY

  • Rhode Island is one of 11 teams nationally that remains unbeaten in its respective conference.
  • Virginia (ACC), Saint Mary's (West Coast) and East Tennessee State (Southern) are all 12-0.
  • Rhody, Montana (Big Sky) and  Cincinnati (American) are all 11-0, while Louisiana (Sun Belt) is 10-0.
  • Vermont (America East) and Florida Gulf Coast (Atlantic Sun) are 9-0, New Mexico State (WAC) is 7-0 and Penn is 6-0 in the Ivy League.