Rhode Island Travels to Davidson for Friday Night Showcase on ESPN2

Rhode Island Travels to Davidson for Friday Night Showcase on ESPN2

Rhody Game Day Central

Gamenotes: at Davidson

TV: ESPN2

Radio: Rhody Sports Network (B101 - 101.5 FM)

Internet: iHeartRadio.com (audio) | WatchESPN.com (video)


WATCH PARTY AT GEORGE'S OF GALILEE

Head to George's of Galilee tomorrow night for the third annual @RhodyMBB Away Game Viewing Party, presented by Miller Lite.

The party starts at 6 p.m. at George's, located at 250 Sand Hill Cove Rd, Narragansett, RI 02882, and there will be food & drink specials and loads of giveaways throughout the evening.


RHODE ISLAND VERSUS DAVIDSON

  • Rhody and Davidson meet on the hardwood for the sixth time overall.
  • Davidson leads all-time series, 3-2, including a 2-0 mark in A-10 play.
  • Last year, Rhody dropped a 65-54 decision at Belk Arena on Feb. 23, 2016.
  • Rhode Island won both games of a home/home series in 2009-10 and 2010-11.
  • Davidson earned a 95-65 win on March 7, 1966 in NCAA Tournament play.

RHODE ISLAND IN THE ATLANTIC 10 CONFERENCE

  • Since its inaugural season in 1980-81 in the Eastern 8, Rhode Island has posted a 268-322 all-time record in Atlantic 10 regular season conference play.
  • Last year, the Rams were 9-9 and the #7 seed in the 2016 A-10 Championship.
  • In 2014-15, Rhody posted a 13-5 Atlantic 10 record, tying for second place.
  • The 13 A-10 wins were the second-highest total in school history (14 - 1987-88).
  • Since 2014-15, Rhode Island is 28-17 (.622) in Atlantic 10 regular season games.

RHODE ISLAND'S SCHEDULE: ONE OF THE BEST IN THE NATION

  • Through games of Jan. 31, Rhode Island's non-conference strength of schedule (SOS) is 21st nationally.  URI's overall SOS is 44.
  • URI faced two RPI top 20 teams on Nov. 19-20 as part of the Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament - Cincinnati (16), Duke (17).
  • The Rams earned a 76-71 win over the Bearcats on Nov. 19 before falling to Duke, 75-65, on Nov. 20.
  • Rhody faced seven total top 100 non-conference foes -  Valpo (58), Providence (60), Houston (68), Belmont (79), W&M (99). 
  • The average RPI of the seven losses this season - 64.  Total point differential in those games - 47 points (6.7 ppg avg. differential).
  • Four A-10 opponents (seven total games) are also top 100 RPI teams: Dayton (28), VCU (32), La Salle (89), Davidson (100).
  • In total, Rhode Island's schedule features 11 top 100 RPI opponents over 13 total games in non-conference and A-10 play.
  • KenPom.com rankings features 10 top 100 opponents: Duke (13), Cincinnati (16), Dayton (37), VCU (45), Houston (47), Providence (62), Davidson (68), Belmont (77), Valpo (91), and St. Bonaventure (98).  

TODAY IN RHODE ISLAND BASKETBALL - FEBRUARY 3

  • Rhode Island is 7-11 overall and 4-4 in A-10 games in games played on February 3.
  • February 3 marks the celebration of National Carrot Cake Day.
  • February 3,1959 is also "The Day The Music Died," as a plane carrying Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and the Big Bopper crashed in Iowa.
  • On February 3, 1887, to avoid disputed national elections, the United States Congress creates the Electoral Count Act
  • Adam Vinatieri boots a 48-yard FG as time expired in Super Bowl XXXVI, as the New England Patriots begin their 15-year NFL dynasty on Feb. 3, 2002.
  • Notable February 3 birthdays: actress Isla Fisher, painter Norman Rockwell, and bank robber Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd.

TODAY'S RHODE ISLAND FACTS YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT

  • Hassan Martin has scored 20 or more in three of the last four games.  URI is 4-0 this year and 6-1 all-time when he scores 20 or more.
  • Rhody is one of three A-10 teams to rank among the top 60 nationally in assist/turnover ratio.  URI has a 1.24:1 ATR this season.  
  • Richmond (34, 1.34:1) and tonight's opponent Davidson (44, 1:28:1) rank ahead of the Rams.
  • The Rams' 16.4% defensive block percentage ranks fourth nationally, according to KenPom.com.
  • After making 47 3FG through its first four A-10 games, Rhode Island has hit a combined 20 3FG over its last five.

THE GEORGE WASHINGTON GAME - TRENDS, FACTS, FIGURES, AND OTHER STUFF

  • Rhode Island put forth its fifth-best shooting performance of the season, making 54.7% of its field goal attempts (29-53).
  • The Rams committed nine turnovers - three in the second half.  It was the eighth game in which URI committed less than 10 TO.
  • Hassan Martin led all scorers with 23 points.  He has scored at least 20 points in three of the last four games.
  • URI connected on a season-high 90.0% from the free throw line, making 18 of 20 attempts.  Jared Terrell made 9-of-9.

MARTIN RANKS AMONG NCAA LEADERS IN BLOCKED SHOTS, FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE

  • Hassan Martin ranks fifth in blocks per game (3.13 bpg) and eighth in field goal percentage (63.5%) nationally.
  • On the NCAA active career statistics list, Martin ranks second in career blocks (298) and third in blocked shot average (2.78 bpg).
  • His 58.5% career field goal percentage (447-764) is the 24th-best shooting proficiency mark among all active players.
  • In the A-10 record book, Martin ranks ninth in blocks and needs two more to pass Duquesne's Damian Saunders (300) for eighth.
  • Martin's blocked shot average of 2.78 per game would rank as the sixth-best average in A-10 history.
  • He was named the 2015-16 A-10 Defensive Player of the Year after leading the A-10 in blocks for the third straight year (2.5 bpg).
  • He needs 31 blocks to become URI's all-time career leader, passing Kenny Green (328 blocks, 1985-90).

A GRAND PLAN: TERRELL, MARTIN, MATTHEWS JOIN RHODE ISLAND'S 1,000 POINT CLUB

  • On Jan. 31 vs. George Washington, Jared Terrell became the third Ram this year - and 54th overall - to score his 1,000th career point.
  • Hassan Martin became the 53rd player in Rhode Island history to reach the 1,000 point mark at Valpo on Nov. 29.
  • In the season opener on Nov. 11, E.C. Matthews scored his 1,000th career point career at home vs. Dartmouth on Nov. 11.
  • Rhode Island has never had more than two players reach the 1,000-point mark in the same season.
  • Prior to Matthews, the last Rhody player to reach the 1,000 point mark was Xavier Munford in 2014.  

IVERSON AVERAGING CLOSE TO DOUBLE-DOUBLE IN ATLANTIC 10 PLAY

  • Kuran Iverson is averaging nearly a double-double in A-10 play, checking in at 12.6 points and 9.6 boards per game.
  • For the season (21 games), Iverson leads the Rams on the glass (7.5 rpg), is fourth in scoring (9.9 ppg), and third in assists (1.9 apg).
  • Following the Jan. 28 game vs. St. Bona, Iverson said:  "I don't really look for offense anymore.  I just try to play defense and rebound."
  • Dan Hurley said: "In terms of consistency of effort, energy level, intensity, he's been maybe our most consistent player," in A-10 play.

SUPER MARIO RUN

  • The Super Mario Brothers - E.C. Matthews and Hassan Martin - have played together in 80 career games.
  • Rhode Island is 47-33 in those games, including a 33-16 mark over their last 49 games on the floor together.
  • Over the past two seasons, Matthews and Martin have appeared in the same game on just 17 occasions - 16 coming this season.
  • On Jan. 21 at Duquesne, Matthews (19) and Martin (20) combined for 39 points - over 43% of the Rhody offense.
  • When Matthews and Martin each score in double figures this season, URI is 8-0.  
  • Since 2013-14, the Rams are 21-9 when Matthews and Martin each tally 10 or more points in the same game.

RHODY RECORD BOOK RESET - CAREER
Points
25.      E.C. Matthews    1,314 points ; needs 19 more points to pass Jimmy Wright (1977-81, 1,333 points)
46.      Hassan Martin    1,128 points; needs 19 more points to pass Tavorris Bell (1998-2001, 1,147 points)
54     Jared Terrell    1,016 points; needs 24 more points to pass Dustin Hellenga (2001-04, 1,040 points).
Rebounds
NR    Hassan Martin    687 rebounds; needs 32 more rebounds to crack URI's career top 10 list
Assists
10.    Jarvis Garrett    304 assists; needs 18 to pass Preston Murphy (322, 1995-99)
FG Percentage
1.      Hassan Martin    58.5%; is currently Rhody's career FG% leader
Blocked Shots
2.    Hassan Martin    298 blocks; needs 30 more blocks to become URI's all-time blocks leader
3FG Made
t5.    E.C. Matthews    156 3-pointers made; needs 16 more made 3FG to pass Dustin Hellenga (172, 2001-04)

LEAVE NO DOWTIN

  • Freshman Jeff Dowtin has become one of the most valuable freshmen in the Atlantic 10.
  • He has started the last four games at PG, averaging 5.5 ppg, 22.2% FG, 20.0% 3FG, 3.0 asst/g, 3.0:1 assist/turnover (12/4), 30 min/g.
  • In the five games prior as a reserve, Dowtin averaged: 8.0 ppg, 61.5% FG, 66.7% 3FG, 1.0 asst/g, 2.5:1 assist/turnover (5/2), 17 min/g
  • He earned his first collegiate start on Jan. 15 vs. UMass, scoring 11 points and dishing out four assists in 32 minutes.
  • Dowtin notched a career-best four steals and five rebounds at Richmond on Jan. 25.
  • He was a perfect 5-for-5 from the floor, scoring 12 points at Saint Louis en route to earning A-10 Rookie of the Week honors.
  • On Jan. 12, Dowtin scored 11 points, connecting on 3-of-6 from beyond the arc versus La Salle.