Dec 12, 2018
- Sunday will be the 33rd meeting between the programs. West Virginia leads the series, 20-12.
- The teams last met in 2004, a 79-72 victory for the Mountaineers.
- The teams met every season from 1981 through 1995 when both were part of the Atlantic 10.
- West Virginia left to become part of the Big East in 1995. It moved to the Big 12 in 2012.
- Rhode Island and West Virginia are two of the best rebounding teams in the nation, particularly on the offensive end of the floor. West Virginia ranks No. 8 in the country with 14.89 offensive boards per game, while the Rams are one spot behind with 14.86 per game.
- Overall, West Virginia is 14th in total rebounds per game (42.78) while Rhode Island is 17th (42.29).
- Since dropping two of its first three games, West Virginia has won five of its last six.
GAME HIGHLIGHTS NAISMITH HALL OF FAME HOLIDAY SHOWCASE PRESENTED BY CITI
- The Rhode Island-West Virginia game leads off a triple header at Mohegan Sun Arena Sunday afternoon.
- The game will air on CBSSN, with Jason Horowitz on play-by-play and Steve Lappas as the color analyst.
- Following the game will be matchups between Tulsa and Dayton, as well as Drexel vs. Quinnipiac.
- Rhode Island has played at Mohegan Sun a handful of times. Most recently, the Rams played two games during the 2016 Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament, beating No. 24 Cincinnati, 76-71, and falling to No. 1 Duke, 75-65.
- Dating back to the 2009-10 season, the Rams are 2-3 overall in Uncasville. They fell to Ohio State and Seton Hall during the 2012-13 season, and picked up a win over Oklahoma State, 63-59, on Jan. 2, 2010.
OFFENSE SHOWS SIGNS OF RHYTHM
- While Rhode Island has had its struggles offensively this season, the Rams looked sharper last time out.
- Rhody shot a season-best .491 from the field.
- As a team, the Rams were 22-of-35 (65.7 percent) on shots inside the arc at Holy Cross.
- Rhode Island used an aggressive approach to attack the basket, rather than settle for jump shots. As a result, the team was a sparkling 24-of-27 (88.9 percent).
- The 24 free throws were the most in a game for the Rams since they made 28 against Creighton in the opening round of the NCAA Championship in 2017.
- It was the second time this season the Rams have shot better than 80 percent at the line. They made 17-of-21 (.810) in a 76-74 win over Harvard.
LANGEVINE SHOWING IMPROVEMENT AT THE LINE
- Junior Cyril Langevine made a career-high 10 free throws against Providence, finishing the game 10-for-14 from the line.
- He followed that up by going 9-for-10 at the line at Holy Cross last time out.
- Langevine is 34-for-49 (.694) on free throws this season.
- He shot just .506 (44-of-87) last season, and .491 (27-of-55) as a freshman.
- He is averaging seven free throws made per game.