Feb 26, 2018
- Tuesday will be the 101st game all time between Rhode Island and Saint Joseph's, with the Hawks holding a 56-44 edge. Rhode Island has won the last two meetings, including both meetings last season.
- Saint Joseph's has won four of its last five contests.
- Rhode Island and Saint Joseph's are two of the nation's best ball-handling teams. The Hawks give the ball up just 9.8 times per game, the seventh lowest average in country. Rhody is 19th in the country with 10.9 turnovers per game.
- Saint Joseph's struggles to shoot from the perimeter, hitting just 32.1 percent of its attempts from beyond the arc. The Hawks ranks 313th in the country in the category.
- Saint Joseph's Shavar Newkirk gets to the free throw line more often than any other player in the Atlantic 10. He has attempted 187 free throws, of which he has made 145.
SENIORS TO BE HONORED BEFORE THE GAME
- Five senior players and one student manager will be honored before the opening tip of tonight's game. E.C. Matthews, Jared Terrell, Jarvis Garrett, Stanford Robinson and Andre Berry are playing their final game in the Ryan Center. Student manager Owen Sammarone also will be recognized.
- Matthews enters tonight ranked fourth in team history in scoring. He was the Most Outstanding Player of the 2017 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship, leading Rhody to its second conference tournament title. Matthews is the only player in Rhode Island history with more than 1,700 points, 500 rebounds and 200 assists.
- A constant presence in the starting lineup since the day he arrived on campus, Terrell ranks in the top 10 in team history in 3-point field goals, free throws, steals and games played. Rhode Island has won more than 70 percent of the games Terrell has played over the last four seasons.
- One of the top point guards in school history, Garrett has scored 925 points and has 381 assists in his time in Kingston. He ranks sixth all-time in program history in assists and will forever be known as one of the best floor generals to wear a Rhode Island uniform.
- A transfer from Indiana, Robinson has had two memorable seasons with the Rams. His performance against Oregon in the 2017 NCAA tournament was one of the best by a Rhode Island player in postseason history. This season he has been one of the best defensive players in the country, becoming just the fourth player in program to record 60 steals in a season. His unselfish attitude was a major reason for the team's historic success this season.
- One of the top offensive big men in the Atlantic 10, Berry became an impact player as a senior for Rhode Island. Through hard work on and off the court over the last three seasons, Berry established himself as a vital part of the lineup this season. He set career highs for points, rebounds and minutes played while starting every game.
GUARD DEPTH PAYING DIVIDENDS
- The Rams has committed the ninth fewest turnovers (293) in the country.
- Rhody has turned it over 10 times or less in 13 games.
- The Rams are second in the country and lead the A-10 with a +5.7 turnover margin.
- Rhody turns the ball over 10.9 times per game, which is 19th nationally. It forces 16.59 turnovers per game, which leads the A-10 and ranks 11th nationally.
- Opponents have had 20 or more turnovers in seven games, including three times in conference play.
RAMS WINNING IN CONVINCING FASHION
- Rhode Island's average scoring margin is +10.6, which ranks 29th in the country.
- Of Rhody's 23 wins, 15 have come by double-digit margins.
- Ten of the 15 wins against Atlantic 10 competition have been by double digits, including Friday's 25-point victory over Dayton.
- The Rams rank third in the league in scoring defense, allowing 67.4 points per contest.
- Rhody leads the A-10 in offense at 78.0 points per game.
- The Rams have scored at least 80 points 16 times this season, and are 15-1 in those contests.
- Rhode Island also understands how to play with the lead. The Rams are 21-0 when leading at the half of games.