August 9, 2011

Rhode Island Travels to Boston College on Jan. 2

Aug. 9, 2011


KINGSTON, R.I. -- Beginning on July 25, GoRhody.com will announce the 2011-12 non-conference schedule for the men's basketball team.

Regular season opponents and dates will be revealed on a daily basis and will include tentative game times when possible. The Atlantic 10 conference slate, as well as the television lineup, will be announced at a later date.

Rhode Island may also add a game to the non-conference schedule for the upcoming season. Opponent and game information will be provided at that time.

The Rams will open the 2012 calendar year with a non-conference matchup on Jan. 2 at Boston College.


It marks the third consecutive season that the Rams and Eagles have met on the hardwood. Rhody has captured the last two meetings, including a 67-65 win last season at the Thomas M. Ryan Center.


Ryerson University

2010-11 overall record: 14-12
2010-11 conference record/finish: 11-11/fourth (Ontario University Athletics/OUA/East)
Head Coach: Roy Rana
Leading returning scorer: Jahmal Jones, So., 6-0, G (17.2 points per game)

Roy Rana is entering his third season as the head coach of Ryerson University in Toronto. Last season, the Rams advanced to the OUA Quarterfinals, falling 97-73 to Carleton - Canada's top university team. Prior to joining the staff at Ryerson, he was the head coach of Eastern Commerce H.S. in Toronto, coaching the likes of Jamaal Magloire and several other NCAA Division I players.

Three of Ryerson's top four scorers from a season ago return this year, including Jahmal Jones (17.2 ppg), Ola Adegboruwa (13.2 ppg), and Jordon Gauthier (12.2 ppg). Ryerson is currently renovating the old Maple Leaf Gardens, converting it into 150,000 square feet of athletics and recreation space, while also serving as the new home to the Rams' hockey, basketball and volleyball teams.


Maine

2010-11 overall record: 15-15
2010-11 conference record/finish: 9-7/fourth (America East)
Head Coach: Ted Woodward
Leading returning scorer: Gerald McLemore, Sr., 6-3, G (13.7 points per game)

Maine is Rhody's sixth most-common opponent, as the two teams have met on 98 previous occasions. URI holds an 85-13 all-time mark, but the Black Bears captured the last meeting (47-44, Nov. 26, 2004) at the Thomas M. Ryan Center. The win was the first as a head coach for Ted Woodward, who will be entering his eighth season at the helm of the men's basketball program at UMaine.

The Black Bears return Gerald McLemore, a 6-3 senior guard from San Diego, Calif. A second team All-America East selection a season ago, he averaged 13.7 points per game and led Maine with 74 3-point field goals made. Boston native Raheem Singleton is the team's top returning assist man, dishing out 3.7 helpers to go along with 8.6 points per game.


Texas

2010-11 overall record: 28-8
2010-11 conference record/finish: 13-3/second (Big 12)
Head Coach: Rick Barnes
Leading returning scorer: J'Covan Brown, Jr., 6-1, G (10.4 points per game)

Texas, much like Rhody, enters the 2011-12 with a reshaped roster. The Longhorns lost their entire starting five - as three underclassmen went to the NBA Draft and five others exhausted their eligibility. UT's top returning scorer - J'Covan Brown, a 6-1 guard from Port Arthur, Texas - saw 21.5 minutes of action off the bench in Texas' 36 games last season.

Head coach Rick Barnes, now in his 14th season at Texas, has amassed a 322-123 record at the helm of the Longhorns. He has guided Texas to 13 straight 20-win seasons and 13-straight NCAA Tournament appearances. He is 4-2 all-time versus Rhode Island, with all six meetings occurring during his time at Providence (1988-94).


Nebraska

2010-11 overall record: 19-13
2010-11 conference record/finish: 7-9/tied, seventh (Big 12)
Head Coach: Doc Sadler
Leading returning scorer: Jorge Brian Diaz, Jr., 6-11, C (10.5 points per game)

Nebraska returns its top three scorers from a season ago, as head coach Doc Sadler's Cornhusker squad enters its first season as a member of the Big Ten conference.

Junior center Jorge Brian Diaz (10.5 ppg), senior guard Toney McCray (8.5 ppg), and senior guard Brandon Richardson (6.4 ppg) serves as the foundation of a team that registered its highest win total in 15 years during the 2010-11 season. The Huskers were tough at home, posting a 17-2 mark a season ago while ranking first in the Big 12 - and 16th nationally - in scoring defense, allowing just 60.5 points per game.


Hofstra

2010-11 overall record: 21-12
2010-11 conference record/finish: 14-4/Third (CAA)
Head Coach: Mo Cassara
Leading returning scorer: Mike Moore, Sr., 6-5, G (14.9 ppg)

Hofstra won 21 games a season ago and advanced to the first round of the CBI under head coach Mo Cassara. The Pride graduated two-time CAA Player of the Year Charles Jenkins, who was drafted by the NBA's Golden State Warriors.

Mike Moore - a transfer from Fordham - is the team's top returning scorer. The 6-5 guard averaged 14.9 points per game and knocked down 62 3-pointers during the 2010-11 season. Forward David Ines is the team's top returning rebounder, averaging 6.8 boards per outing. Additionally, former Rhody guard Stevie Mejiawill suit up for Hofstra this season. The 5-9 point guard appeared in 70 games for URI, averaging 2.8 assists per game.


Boston University

2010-11 overall record: 21-14
2010-11 conference record/finish: 12-4/Second (America East)
Head Coach: Joe Jones
Leading returning scorer: Darryl Partin, Sr., 6-6, G (14.3 points per game)

The Terriers are coming off their seventh NCAA Tournament appearance a season ago. BU captured the America East tournament crown and faced top-seeded Kansas in the 2011 Big Dance. Joe Jones, former head coach of Columbia and associate head coach at Boston College, enters his first season as head coach.

Jones returns two double-digits scorers in Darryl Partin (14.3 ppg) and Jake O'Brien (11.6 ppg) on a roster that features six seniors. Boston University is Rhode Island's 18th most common opponent, as the two teams have met on 35 previous occasions. URI holds a 24-11 record in the all-time series.


Cleveland State

2010-11 overall record: 27-9
2010-11 conference record/finish: 13-5/Third (Horizon League)
Head Coach: Gary Waters
Leading returning scorer: Trevon Harmon, Sr., 6-1, G (13.2 points per game)

The Vikings won 27 games a season ago under head coach Gary Waters, advancing to the second round of the 2011 National Invitation Tournament (NIT). Since arriving at CSU, Waters has guided the program to 100 wins over the last five seasons.

Despite graduating Norris Cole - the 2011 Horizon League Player of the Year and first round draft pick of the Chicago Bulls - Cleveland State returns a high-scoring backcourt in Trevon Harmon (13.2 ppg) and Jerry Montgomery (11.6 ppg). Aaron Pogue, a 6-9, 275 lb. forward, is the team's top returning rebounder (6.2 rpg).


Brown

2010-11 overall record: 11-17
2010-11 conference record/finish: 4-10/seventh (Ivy League)
Head Coach: Jesse Agel
Leading returning scorer: Tucker Halpern, Jr., 6-8, F (12.6 points per game)

Brown and Rhode Island will continue their long-time series on Nov. 30 in Providence. The Bears, under fourth year head coach Jesse Agel, return two double-digit scorers from a season ago. Tucker Halpern, a 6-8 junior forward, averaged 12.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. The Brookline, Mass. native led the Bears with 58 3-pointers made a season ago and was an honorable mention All-Ivy League selection. Point guard Sean McGonagill contributed 11.8 points per outing a season ago en route to being a unanimous selection for the Ivy League Rookie of the Year award.


Virginia Tech

2010-11 overall record: 22-12
2010-11 conference record/finish: 9-7/sixth (ACC)
Head Coach: Seth Greenberg
Leading returning scorer: Erick Green, Jr., 6-3, G (11.6 points per game)

The Hokies are coming off a 22-win campaign a season ago - VT's fourth 20-win season in the last five years. Head coach Seth Greenberg's squad advanced to the second round of the 2011 NIT, falling, 79-76, at home in overtime to Wichita State on March 20.

Virginia Tech loses All-ACC standouts Malcolm Delaney (18.7 ppg) and Jeff Allen (13.4 ppg/9.7 rpg), but return two double-digit scorers in 2011-12. Erick Green, a 6-3 junior guard, averaged 11.6 points per game last year, while Dorenzo Hudson, a redshirt senior guard, scored at a 10.4 points per game clip before injuring his right foot just nine games into the season.


Georgia State

2010-11 overall record: 12-19
2010-11 conference record/finish: 6-12/ninth (CAA)
Head Coach: Ron Hunter
Leading returning scorer: Eric Buckner, Sr., 6-7, F (9.4 points per game)

The Panthers and the Rams will face off for the first time on Dec. 10 in Atlanta. GSU went 12-19 a season ago, but returns its top four scorers from a season ago, including Eric Buckner (9.4 ppg), Brandon McGee (7.8 ppg), Jihad Ali (7.2 ppg), and Josh Micheaux (6.5 ppg).

Ron Hunter enters his first season as head coach, after a successful 17-year career at IUPUI. Hunter won 25 or more games twice with IUPUI, guiding the school to its first and only NCAA appearance in 2003. Hunter also gained national attention for his humanitarian efforts, partnering with Samaritan's Feet - an organization that collects shoes for underprivileged children around the world. He has helped raise over 250,000 pairs of shoes since 2008.


Yale

2010-11 overall record: 15-13
2010-11 conference record/finish: 8-6/third (Ivy League)
Head Coach: James Jones
Leading returning scorer: Greg Mangano, Sr., 6-10, F (16.3 points per game)

The Rams and the Bulldogs will meet for the 14th time on Dec. 18. Rhody holds a 7-6 lead in the all-time series versus Yale, with the two teams meeting for the first time since the 2003-04 season. Rhody captured that game, 73-59, on Jan. 7, 2004. It also marks the first time since the 2003-04 campaign that URI will face two Ivy League opponents - Brown and Yale.

James Jones, the longest tenured Ivy League head coach, enters his 12th season at the helm of the Elis. He returns his two top scorers from a season ago, in 6-10 senior forward Greg Mangano (16.3 ppg/10.0 rpg) - a First Team All-Ivy pick - and junior guard Austin Morgan (12.6 ppg). The duo combined for 84 3-pointers a season ago. Sam Martin, a junior guard, is a native of West Warwick, R.I. and played his prep basketball at Worcester Academy.


Providence

2010-11 overall record: 15-17
2010-11 conference record/finish: 4-14/14th (Big East)
Head Coach: Ed Cooley
Leading returning scorer: Vincent Council, Jr., 6-2, G (13.7 points per game)

The Rams and the Friars will meet for the 124th time in the long-time history between the two schools. The two teams first met on Dec. 7, 1920 and since then, Providence has a 67-56 lead in the all-time series.

Ed Cooley begins his first season on the sidelines for the Friars, after a successful stint at Fairfield. Two of the two three scorers return from a season ago in junior guard Vincent Council (13.7 ppg) and sophomore guard Gerard Coleman (10.3).

Providence is 0-4 at the Thomas M. Ryan Center and 16-30 in games played in Kingston.


UCF (UCF Holiday Classic participant)

2010-11 overall record: 21-12
2010-11 conference record/finish: 6-10/ninth (Conference USA)
Head Coach: Donnie Jones
Leading returning scorer: Marcus Jordan, Jr., 6-3, G (15.2 points per game)

Rhody heads to UCF for the second straight season, after falling 66-54 to the Knights in the second round of the CBI on March 21, 2011. It marked the lone previous meeting against the nation's second-largest public university (56,337 enrollment).

The Knights, under second year head coach Donnie Jones, return four starters and two double-digits scorers in guard Marcus Jordan (15.2 ppg) and forward Keith Clanton (14.2 ppg). UCF also has three transfers eligible in 2011-12: Jeff Jordan (Illinois), Tristan Spurlock (Virginia), and Josh Crittle (Oregon).

James Madison (UCF Holiday Classic participant)

2010-11 overall record: 21-12
2010-11 conference record/finish: 10-8/sixth (CAA)
Head Coach: Matt Brady
Leading returning scorer: Devon Moore, Jr., 6-4, G (11.4 points per game)

The UCF Holiday Classic could mark the first meeting between Rhode Island and James Madison on the hardwood. The Rams and the Dukes are both members of the CAA Football League.

Head coach Matt Brady is entering his fourth season at JMU, notching two 20-win seasons along the way. Last season, the Dukes made an appearance in the CBI, falling in the first round to Davidson. Two of James Madison's top three scorers return from a year ago, including 6-4 junior guard Devon Moore (11.4 ppg), and senior forward Julius Wells (10.7 ppg).

Stetson (UCF Holiday Classic participant)

2010-11 overall record: 8-23
2010-11 conference record/finish: 6-14/10th (Atlantic Sun)
Head Coach: Casey Alexander
Leading returning scorer: Tyshawn Patterson, Jr., 6-0, G (8.3 points per game)

If Rhode Island and Stetson previously met on a neutral-site court in Florida, as the two teams were part of the Glenn Wilkes Classic, held in Daytona Beach from Nov. 16-18, 2007. The Rams won that contest, 80-65.

Casey Alexander enters his first season as head coach of the Hatters, after a successful career as an assistant coach at Belmont. He inherits a squad which won just eight games a season ago, but will have a refreshed roster, led by junior guard Tyshawn Patterson.


Boston College

2010-11 overall record: 21-13
2010-11 conference record/finish: 9-7/fifth (ACC)
Head Coach: Steve Donahue
Leading returning scorer: Danny Rubin, So., 6-5, G (4.1 points per game)

Rhode Island and Boston College close out their most current three-game series at the Conte Forum on Jan. 2. The Rams have captured the last two meetings, including last season's thrilling 67-65 victory at the Thomas M. Ryan Center on Dec. 29, 2010. The Eagles hold a 37-13 advantage in the all-time series, dating back to the 1910-11 season.

The Eagles won 21 games a season ago and advanced to the first round of the NIT, falling at home to Northwestern. This season, the BC roster will feature nine freshmen and two transfers.

With the Dec. 7 home matchup against Virginia Tech, it will mark the first time in URI men's basketball history that the Rams have faced two ACC opponents during the regular season. In 2009-10, Rhody faced three ACC teams - BC during the regular season and Virginia Tech and North Carolina during postseason play.