Rams Travel to First-Place Davidson for Tilt on ESPNU Wednesday

Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard
Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard

THE BASICS
Rhode Island at Davidson
Tip-Off: Wednesday, Feb. 6, 7:00 p.m. EST
Live Coverage: Stats | Audio | ESPNU
Game Notes 

RHODE ISLAND VS. DAVIDSON - SERIES NOTES

  • Wednesday's game will be the 12th meeting between Rhode Island and Davidson.
  • Rhode Island holds a slight lead in the series, 6-5.
  • Davidson has won two straight in the series. The last meeting between the teams was in the title game of the 2018 Atlantic 10 Championship. Davidson won that game, 58-57, to earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship. Rhody led 56-52, but the Wildcats ended the game with a 6-1 spurt, getting the winning points on a baseline jumper from Kellen Grady.
  • Wednesday's game features the last two Atlantic 10 Championship winners. Rhode Island won the tourament in 2017. 
  • This is the fifth time the Rams have visited Belk Arena. Rhody is 2-2 in its previous trips there.
  • Davidson's Kellen Grady ranks second in the Atlantic 10 with 18.1 points per game, while Rhode Island's Jeff Dowtin is seventh in the league with 16.2 per contest.
  • The game also will feature two of the best fresmen in the A-10. Rhode Island's Tyrese Martin is averaging 13.3 points in conference play, while Davidson's Luke Frampton is scoring 12.8 points per game against league competition.
  • Davidson leads the A-10 in 3-point field goal percentage (34.5 percent). URI holds foes to 30.9 percent from the arc. 

MARTIN GETTING STRONGER AS SEASON MOVES ON

  • Freshman Tyrese Martin is coming off of his first career double-double, as he had 16 points and 10 rebounds in Saturday's victory over Saint Louis. He also had two assists and two steals.
  • Since the start of conference play, Martin is averaging 13.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game.
  • He averaged 5.3 points and 4.3 rebounds during non-conference play.
  • In league play, he ranks fourth among A-10 freshmen with his scoring average. The only players averaging more than him are St. Bonaventure's Kyle Lofton (16.3 points/game), Duquesne's Sincere Carry (14.5) and Fordham's Nick Honor (13.6).  
  • All eight of Martin's double-digit scoring efforts this season have come since the start of conference play.
  • During A-10 play, Martin is leading th team in field goal percentage (.549), free throw percentage (.875) and 3-point shooting (.471).
  • He is 14-of-16 at the free throw line in league action. During non-conference play, he shot .467 from the free throw line.
  • He is 16-of-34 (.471) from 3-point range in A-10 play after going 7-of-31 (.226) from deep in non-conference action.
  • Since conference play began, Martin has played 30 or more minutes in nine straight games.
  • Martin had a career-high 23 points at Massachusetts on Jan. 27.
  • The team's second-leading rebounder, Martin has had five or more rebounds in 10 straight contests.
  • Martin has grabbed seven or more rebounds 10 times this season. 

THOMPSON HAS POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE FLOOR

  • Redshirt junior Christion Thompson does a lot of little things well for Rhode Island, which is how is has a +5.21 per 40 minutes, which ranks third on the team behind junior Jeff Dowtin and sophomore Fatts Russell.
  • Against Saint Louis, Thompson was +9 in 22 minutes of play.
  • Thompson is tied for the team lead in 3-point baskets (23) and is second on the team in blocked shots (14).
  • Thompson is third on the team in steals (30), rebounding (4.4 per game) and assists (1.4 per game).
  • While Thompson is not a primary scorer for the Rams, Rhode Island is 6-2 when he scores at least eight points.
  • He had five blocked shots against Charlotte, helping Rhode Island tie the Diamond Head Classic record for blocked shots in a game with nine.