Stage Set for Rhode Island-Providence Battle on CBS Sports Network

Stage Set for Rhode Island-Providence Battle on CBS Sports Network

THE BASICS
Providence at Rhode Island 
Tip-Off: Saturday, Dec. 2, 5:05 p.m. EST
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RHODE ISLAND VS. PROVIDENCE - SERIES NOTES

  • Tuesday will mark the 130th meeting all time between Rhode Island and Providence, the fourth most games the Rams have played against any opponent.
  • Providence leads the series, 73-56 and has won seven straight between the schools. Rhode Island's last win over the Friars was an 86-82 victory on Dec. 5, 2009.  
  • The last time Providence visited the Ryan Center, the No. 23 Friars won on a buzzer-beater tip-in by Ben Bentil to grab a 74-72 win on Dec. 5, 2015.
  • Providence head coach Ed Cooley was an assistant coach at Rhode Island during the 1996-97 season, helping the Rams earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship field as a No. 8 seed.
  • Three of the last four games in the series have been decided by three points or less.

GAME TO AIR ON CBS SPORTS NETWORK

  • Saturday night's game will be broadcasted live to a national television audience on CBS Sports Network.
  • Ed Cohen will handle the play-by-play duties, while Bob Wenzel will be the color analyst.
  • This will be the first of nine times Rhode Island appears on CBSSN this season.

RAMS SCORING IN BUNCHES

  • In six November games, the Rams scored more than 80 points four times.
  • It is the first time since the 2007-08 season Rhode Island topped 80 points four times during the first month of the season.
  • That year, the Rams topped 80 points four times in eight November games.
  • Rhode Island is third in the Atlantic 10 at 78.2 points per contest.
  • Last time out, the Rams shot a season-high 61.0 percent from the floor as a team. It was Rhode Island's highest shooting percentage in a game since it shot 63.4 percent against Cleveland State on Nov. 21, 2015.

RUSSELL HAS BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE

  • Freshman guard Fatts Russell had the best shooting night of his young career against Brown last time out, scoring 20 points while making five 3-point baskets.
  • Russell was 5-of-6 from beyond the arc, a major reason Rhode Island jumped to 12th in the country in team 3-point shooting percentage.
  • Through six games, the Rams are hitting 43.3 percent from beyond the arc, the best team percentage in the Atlantic 10.

BERRY, ROBINSON ACCURATE FROM THE FLOOR 

  • Seniors Stanford Robinson and Andre Berry rank fourth and fifth, respectively, in the Atlantic 10 in field goal percentage.
  • Robinson is shooting 63.4 percent from the floor, while Berry is hitting 61.9 percent of his shots.
  • The pair combines to average 20.5 points per game.
  • Robinson has been bringing it on both ends of the floor all season. He ranks fifth in the nation with an average of 3.17 steals per game.