Rams Welcome Alabama to Ryan Center Friday Night on NBCSN

Photo Credit: Michael Scott
Photo Credit: Michael Scott

THE BASICS
Alabama (1-1) at Rhode Island (1-1)
Tip-Off: Friday, Nov. 15, 7:32 p.m. EST
Live Coverage: Stats | Audio | TV: NBCSN
Game Notes 

RHODE ISLAND VS. ALABAMA - SERIES NOTES

  • Friday's game will be the third meeting all time between Rhode Island and Alabama. 
  • The Crimson Tide has won both previous meetings, though both games have been tightly contested affairs. 
  • This is the second time in three seasons the teams will meet. Rhody played at Alabama two seasons ago, falling 68-64. Rhody's Fatts Russell had 12 points in that game, all of which came in the second half.
  • The only other meeting in the series came as part of the 1992 Cable Car Classic in Santa Clara, Calif. Alabama won 79-78. 
  • Alabama head coach Nate Oats is in his first season after being named the Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year each of the last two seasons at Buffalo.
  • Oats was the high school coach of former Rhode Island star E.C. Matthews.
  • Both schools enter the game 1-1. Rhode Island is looking to rebound from a loss at No. 7 Maryland, while Alabama defeated FAU Monday night. 

GAME TO AIR ON NBCSN

  • Friday's game will play to a national television audience, with NBCSN carrying the game.
  • Rich Lerner will handle the play-by-play, and Ron Thompson will be the color analyst.
  • Steve McDonald and Don Kaull will have the radio call on B101.

ALABAMA FIRST SEC SCHOOL TO VISIT RYAN CENTER

  • Rhode Island is 7-12 all time against schools currently in the SEC.
  • Friday night will mark the first time the Rams have hosted an SEC program in the Ryan Center.
  • The last time Rhode Island defeated an SEC school came in 2013-14, when it won on the road at LSU, 74-70. E.C. Matthews had 21 points, Gilvydas Biruta had 19 and Xavier Munford added 17.  
  • Rhody will play LSU later this season at the Jamaica Classic.
  • The Rams scored wins over SEC schools in back-to-back seasons. In 2012-13, Rhode Island won in double overtime at Auburn, 78-72, behind 33 points from Munford.
  • Rhode Island can claim victories over Auburn, LSU, Tennessee, South Carolina and Vanderbilt.

LANGEVINE LEADING COUNTRY IN REBOUNDING AVERAGE

  • Entering the week, senior Cyril Langevine was leading the nation with 16.0 rebounds per game.
  • He also was leading the country in offensive rebounds per game with 8.5.
  • Langevine had 15 rebounds in the opener against LIU, then followed that up with 17 rebounds at Maryland.
  • Against LIU, he recorded his 24th career double-double, as he had 16 points and 15 rebounds. He is tied for eighth among active players in double-doubles.
  • Last season, Langevine ranked 15th nationally with 17 double-doubles on the season. It was the most by a URI player since Lamar Odom had 19 in 1998-99.
  • Maryland marked the 33rd time Langevine has reached double figures in rebounds, and the sixth time with 15 or more.
  • Langevine had 328 rebounds last year, the most rebounds by a URI player since Art Stephenson set the URI single-season record with 420 in 1966-67.
  • He led the Atlantic 10 and was ninth in the country with 9.9 rebounds per game as a junior.

MARTIN FILLS THE STAT SHEET

  • Rhode Island sophomore Tyrese Martin has contributed a strong all-around game for the Rams in both games.
  • The guard is averaging 11.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.
  • He also is shooting .546 from 3-point range (6-for-11), an area the Rams struggled last season.
  • He has made three 3-point shots in each of the two games this season.
  • In his previous 19 games, he had three or more just once.

RUSSELL GIVETH AND TAKETH AWAY

  • Junior Fatts Russell has been dishing the ball well on the offensive end of the floor, and creating turnovers on the defensive side.
  • Through two games, Russell has 11 assists, leading the way for an offense that has assists on more than 60 percent of its total field goals (29-of-47).
  • Russell matched his career best with seven assists against LIU. 
  • Seven different players have recorded assists already this season. Behind Russell on the leaderboard for the Rams are sophomore Tyrese Martin (6) and senior Jeff Dowtin (4).
  • On the other end of the floor, Russell has been a nuisance for opposing ball-handlers.
  • He has six steals through two games, coming up with three against both LIU and Maryland.
  • As a freshman, Russell averaged 0.8 steals per game, and then he had 1.8 per game last season.