Mar 08, 2019
- Saturday's game will be the 154th meeting all time in the series, with Massachusetts holding an 89-64 edge.
- Rhode Island is 39-31 at home against UMass.
- The teams met earlier this season on Jan. 27 at the Mullins Center. Massachusetts won the game, 77-70.
- Before that game, Rhode Island had won the previous four meetings between the schools.
- The Rams enter the game on a three-game winning streak, matching their longest of the season. Massachusetts is coming off an 87-79 win over Richmond.
- This season, the Minutemen are 1-10 in road games, with the lone victory coming on Dec. 7 at Providence.
- With a victory, Rhode Island would clinch its fifth consecutive winning season. It would be tied for the fourth longest such stretch in program history. The Rams had 24 straight winning seasons from 1926-27 through 1949-50; eight straight from 1905-06 through 1912-13 and again from 1960-61 through 1967-68; and then a five-year stretch of winning seasons from 2006-07 through 2010-11.
RECORD SCORING NIGHT FOR RUSSELL AT SAINT JOSEPH'S
- Rhode Island sophomore Fatts Russell scored a career-high 41 points in Rhody's 86-85 overtime win at Saint Joseph's.
- It was the most points ever in a road game by a Rhode Island player.
- Russell's outburst was the highest scoring total by any Atlantic 10 player in a game this season.
- He had the most points in a game by a URI player since Tom Garrick scored a program record 50 points against Rutgers in the 1988 Atlantic 10 Championship. That game was played in West Virginia.
- The performance tied for the eighth most points in a game by one player in program history.
- Outside of the games by Russell and Garrick, the nine other 41-points-or-higher performances by Rhode Island players happened in home games. Five of the nine occured before 1960.
- Russell also had a career-high seven 3-point baskets, just the 11th time in URI history a player has made at least seven.
- It was the most by a Rhode Island player since Xavier Munford had eight at Auburn on Nov. 25, 2012.
LEVITON, PRESTON TO BE HONORED BEFORE THE GAME
- Seniors Ryan Preston and Will Leviton will be honored as part of the team's pregame Senior Day ceremony Saturday.
- Preston has played in 38 games over the last two seasons after transferring from Trinity Valley Community College. He is coming off his best game, as he had four points, six rebounds and a blocked shot in 23 minutes against Saint Joseph's.
- Leviton spent four seasons with the program. He was a student manager as a freshman, made the team as a walk-on his sophomore year and became a full-scholarship player this year. Leviton has played in 22 games.
- Also being honored will be senior team managers Tom Reardon and Sydney Armand.