Rhode Island Set to Face Duke in NCAA Round of 32

Rhode Island Set to Face Duke in NCAA Round of 32

THE BASICS
Duke vs. Rhode Island
NCAA Championship - Round of 32
PPG Paints Arena (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Tip-Off: Saturday, March 17, 2:45 p.m.
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URI's NCAA Tournament Records


RHODE ISLAND AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP

  • After the 83-78 overtime win against Oklahoma on Friday, Rhode Island advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament in back-to-back seasons for the first time in program history.
  • Dan Hurley is now the first coach is Rhode Island history to win a game in multiple NCAA championships. This is the second straight year he has coached the Rams into the Round of 32.
  • After scoring 16 points against Oklahoma, E.C. Matthews now has 1,876 points on his career, moving him into third place on the all-time scoring list. He passed Ernie Calverley who had 1,868 through 1943-46.
  • Jeff Dowtin's three assists against Oklahoma gave him 180 for the season. It is the third-highest single-season total in program history, passing Carlton Owens (179 in 1987-88).
  • The two steals by Jared Terrell move him into fourth place on the all-time list with 170. He was previously tied with Carlton Owens, who had 168 through 1984-88.
  • The win was the 91st over the last four seasons for Jared Terrell, Jarvis Garrett, and E.C. Matthews. It is the most wins over a four-year period in program history.
  • Rhode Island is now 8-9 all-time in the NCAA tournament.
  • Rhode Island and Duke have met twice before in the NCAA tournament. Both times, Duke won by one point.
  • In 1988, the Blue Devils beat Rhody 73-72 in the Sweet 16, and in 1978, it was a 63-62 victory for Duke in the opening round.

CBS TO BROADCAST SATURDAY'S GAME

  • The Rhode Island-Duke game will air on CBS at approximately 2:45 p.m.
  • Kevin Harlan will be on the call with Reggie Miller and Dan Bonner.
  • Dana Jacobson will join them as the sideline reporter.

GRAHAM, TRIPUCKA TO CALL GAME FOR WESTWOOD ONE

  • Scott Graham will call the radio play-by-play for Westwood One, and he will be joined by Kelly Tripuka.
  • Westwood One is the exclusive national radio network rights holder for the NCAA Tournament.
  • Graham and Tripuka will call each of the tournament games played in Pittsburgh.
  • Westwood One will carry the game to a national audience via Sirius (137) and XM (201).