Rhode Island Hosts Oldest Rival Brown Wednesday Night

Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard
Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard

THE BASICS
Brown at Rhode Island
Tip-Off: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 7:02 p.m. EST
Live Coverage: Stats | Audio | ESPN+
TV: Cox YurView
Game Notes

RHODE ISLAND VS. BROWN - SERIES NOTES

  • Wednesday will be the 162nd meeting between the programs, the most games Rhode Island has played against any opponent. The Rams hold a 108-53 edge in the series.
  • Rhode Island has won six straight over the Bears, and 15 of the last 16 overall.
  • The Rams are 66-14 all-time at home against their in-state rival.
  • Last season, Rhode Island won the meeting, 86-62.
  • Brown's last win in the series came on Nov. 30, 2011 in a 65-56 victory.
  • The teams have played each other once in each of the last 17 seasons.
  • Brown comes in on a five-game winning streak, while the Rams look to rebound from a loss their last time out.
  • Both teams have played Bryant this season. Rhody beat the Bulldogs 97-63 in its season opener, while the Bears defeated Bryant 84-60 on Sunday night. 
  • This is the first of two games against in-state rivals this week for Rhode Island. The Rams play at Providence Saturday.

LANGEVINE LEADING ATLANTIC 10 IN REBOUNDING

  • Junior Cyril Langevine continues to assert himself on the boards, leading the Atlantic 10 with 9.8 rebounds per game.
  • He has had 10 or more rbounds in each of the last three games, and he has seven or more in every contest this season.
  • Langevine is the main reason Rhode Island leads the conference in offensive rebounding at 15.0 per game. He is averaging 4.25 rebounds per game on the offensive end of the floor.
  • Langevine is very close to averaging a double-double. He is currently at 13.5 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.
  • He has recorded a double-double in each of his last three contests and now has nine career double-doubles.
  • A big difference in Langevine's game early in the season has been his ability to stay on the floor. He is averaging 30.5 minutes per game. He averaged 18.1 minutes last season and 13.2 as a freshman.
  • In 66 career games entering the season, Langevine had never played 30 minutes in a game. He played 25 minutes or more in just 10 of the 66 games. 

VETERANS PROVIDING THE OFFENSE THUS FAR

  • Through four games, Rhode Island is averaging 71.5 points, which ranks sixth in the conference.
  • Four players - junior Jeff Dowtin sophomore Fatts Russell, junior Cyril Langevine and redshirt junior Christion Thompson - have accounted for 78.0 percent (223 of 286 points) of the team's scoring. 
  • Dowtin leads the team with 18.8 points per game, which ranks fourth in the Atlantic 10.
  • Russell (14.5) and Langevine (13.5) both average double figures, while Thompson is providing 9.0 points per game.
  • The quartet has combined to score 10 points or more 11 times through four games. 

RUSSELL GETTING IT DONE AT THE LINE

  • Sophomore Fatts Russell leads the team in free throw attempts, free throw makes and free throw percentage.
  • He is shooting a robust .857 at the line, making 18-of-21 on the young season.
  • He is tied for the fifth-best free throw percentage in the Atlantic 10. 
  • Dating back to the College of Charleston game, Russell has made 12 straight free throw attempts.
  • He has attempted at least two free throws every game, and he has gone to the line seven times or more twice in four games.
  • He was perfect at the line against Harvard, going a career-best 8-for-8.

DOWTIN SHOWING HIS SHOOTER'S TOUCH

  • Junior Jeff Dowtin has been an excellent distributor throughout his career, but he is showing a more aggressive approach to shooting this season.
  • In his first two seasons, Dowtin averaged 6.4 field goal attempts per game.
  • So far this season, he has taken 14.5 shots per game.
  • Despite the increase in volume of shots, Dowtin's field goal percentage has increased significantly. He is shooting .534 from the floor.
  • Last season he shot .446, and as a freshman he made .418 of his field goal attempts.
  • He has scored in double digits every game this year, getting at least 16 in three of the four games.
  • He had a career-high 31 in the win over Harvard. The 31 points came on a very efficient 13-of-19 shooting.