Sept. 2, 2009
KINGSTON, R.I. -- Beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 2, Rhode Island will release a non-conference opponent, date, and time every 15 minutes.
Fans of Rhody basketball should keep checking GoRhody.com throughout the afternoon to watch the schedule come together.
2009-10 Rhode Island Men's Basketball Non-Conference Schedule
3:30 p.m. ET: On Dec. 5, Providence travels to the Thomas M. Ryan Center for a 1 p.m. tipoff. Head coach Keno Davis led the Friars to a 19-14 overall record, including a 10-8 mark in Big East conference play. PC earned a trip to the NIT and return backcourt standouts Sharaud Curry and Marshon Brooks.
3:45 p.m. ET: The Rams will play two preseason exhibition games in early November. On Nov. 6, URI will host Concordia College from Montreal, Que., followed by a Nov. 10 matchup with Rhode Island College. Head coach Bob Walsh and his RIC squad are coming off another outstanding 2008-09 campaign. The Anchormen were 23-6 overall and 13-1 in Little East conference play. RIC fell to MIT in the opening round of the 2009 NCAA Division III tournament.
4:00 p.m. ET: Former Rhody assistant coach Ed Cooley takes his Fairfield team to Kingston on Dec. 20. Cooley, now in his third season with the Stags' basketball program, worked on Al Skinner's staff at URI during the 1996-97 season. Fairfield posted a 17-15 overall record, including a 9-9 mark in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play a season ago.
4:15 p.m. ET: On Nov. 28, the Rams will travel to Davidson for a Saturday afternoon matchup with the Wildcats at Belk Arena. Last year, head coach Bob McKillop's squad narrowly missed a spot in the field of 65 in the NCAA Tournament, going 27-8 overall and 18-2 in Southern Conference play.
4:30 p.m ET: URI will begin 2009-10 regular season play against its most common opponent - Brown - on Nov. 18 at the Pizzitola Center in Providence. The Rams and Bears have met 150 times on the hardwood, with URI holding a 98-52 advantage in the all-time series. Last season, Rhody pulled away late to take a 76-74 victory over Brown in Jesse Agel's first game as head coach of the Bears.
4:45 p.m. ET: On the Tuesday before the Thanksgiving holiday, URI will host Stony Brook on Nov. 24. Last year, the Seawolves finished with a 15-14 overall record and an 8-8 record in the America East conference. Head coach Steve Pikiell is in his fifth year at the Long Island school.
5:00 p.m. ET: Rhody will host Quinnipiac and Northeastern at the Thomas M. Ryan Center on Dec. 8 and 10, respectively. Quinnipiac was 15-16 overall last year, while posting a 10-8 mark in NEC play. Head coach Tom Moore is entering his third year with the Bobcats. Northeastern was 19-13 a season ago, advancing to the CBI after posting a 12-6 record in CAA play. Head coach Bill Coen was an assistant at Rhode Island for eight seasons with Al Skinner. Former Rhody great Antonio Reynolds-Dean is in his first season as a member of Coen's coaching staff at NU.
5:15 p.m. ET: URI will make its first trip to the City of Brotherly Love on Dec. 29 as it takes on Drexel at the Daskalakis Athletic Center. Former UMass head coach Bruiser Flint guided Drexel to a 15-14 record a season ago - including 10-8 in CAA play. Guard Scott Rodgers, an All-CAA second team selection and forward Samme Givens - a CAA All-Rookie team pick - return for the Dragons in 2009-10.
5:30 p.m. ET: In a rematch of one of the most exciting games of the 2008-09 season, Rhode Island and VCU will face off on Dec. 2 in Richmond. Last year, the Rhody Rams posted a 92-86 win over the VCU Rams on Nov. 22, 2008. New head coach Shaka Smart inherits a program that compiled a 24-10 record (14-4 CAA) a season ago, en route to earning an NCAA Tournament bid.
5:45 p.m. ET: Rhode Island will make the first of three trips to the state of Ohio on Jan. 5, when the Rams complete their home-and-home series with Akron. Head coach Keith Dambrot guided the Zips to the NCAA Tournament a year ago, after posting a 23-13 overall record - including a 10-6 mark in MAC play.
6:00 p.m.: On Nov. 22, Rhode Island will open its 2009-10 home schedule when it hosts Holy Cross in an early afternoon tilt. The Crusaders, under first-year head coach Sean Kearney, will visit the Thomas M. Ryan Center for the first time since the 2004-05 season.
6:15 p.m.: In the first game of the 2010 calendar year, Rhode Island will face Oklahoma State on Jan. 2 at Mohegan Sun Arena. The game will be nationally televised on ESPNU. A season ago, the Rams faced the Cowboys in the All-College Classic in Oklahoma City, dropping an 86-82 decision to head coach Travis Ford's squad. OSU finished with a 23-12 overall record - including a 9-7 mark in Big 12 play - and advanced to the round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament.
6:30 p.m.: After a year hiatus, Rhody and Boston College renew a three-year series, beginning with a Dec. 13 game at the Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The Eagles, coached by former Rhody head coach Al Skinner, finished with a 22-12 overall record (9-7 ACC) and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Non-Conference Schedule Notes
Rhode Island will face four teams that were among the field of 65 in the NCAA Tournament last year URI will face seven teams that made postseason appearances in 2008-09 (4 NCAA; 2 NIT; 1 CBI) Five of the 13 teams on Rhody's non-conference schedule won 22 or more games; nine had 17 or more wins 11 of the 13 non-conference teams won 9 or more games in their respective conference play Eight non-conference opponents had an RPI under 100 a season ago Rhody will face teams from 10 different conferences during non-conference play The 13-game non-conference slate is made up of six road games, six home games, and one neutral-site game
The full Atlantic 10 schedule will be released by the conference office tomorrow and will be available on GoRhody.com.
Season and individual ticket information will be available shortly.