Nov 03, 2018
RHODE ISLAND VS. BRYANT - SERIES NOTES
- Tuesday will be the first meeting between the programs since Bryant became a Division I program in 2008.
- Rhode Island is 3-0 all time against Bryant, winning games in 1984, 1985 and 1986. At the time, the Bulldogs were a Division II program.
- Both teams have head coaches who are making their debuts. Rhode Island's David Cox became the 20th head coach in program history after spending the last four seasons as an assistant coach.
- Bryant's Jared Grasso came on board after spending 2010-18 as an assistant coach at Iona.
DOWTIN ONE OF NATION'S TOP HANDLERS
- Junior Jeff Dowtin was tied for second nationally with his 4.40 assist-to-turnover ratio.
- On the year, he had 189 assists and just 45 turnovers.
- Over the last two seasons, Dowtin is the only player in Division I with 250 or more assists and fewer than 65 turnovers.
- He had at least six assists in 17 games last year.
- Nine times last season, Dowtin played at least 30 minutes without turning the ball over.
- For his career, the Rams are 41-11 with Dowtin in the starting lineup, and 10-7 with him coming off the bench.
- Through his first two seasons, Dowtin already has 258 total assists.
BIG THINGS IN STORE FOR RUSSELL
- As a true freshman, Fatts Russell appeared in all 34 games off the bench for Rhode Island last season. This year, he figures to be a fixture in the starting lineup.
- Despite playing on a team with four senior guards who were the most successful senior class in program history, Russell made his presence felt scoring in double figures 11 times and averaging 7.0 points in 18.0 minutes per game.
- He had back-to-back 20-point performances against Brown and Providence early in the season. During conference play, he had a stretch of four double-digit showings in five games, when he scored 11 at VCU, 10 against Davidson, 14 against Richmond and 10 at La Salle from Feb. 2 to Feb. 20.
- In the opening round victory over Oklahoma in the NCAA Championship, Russell had 15 points, three assists and two steals while outplaying NBA first-round draft pick Trae Young.