Opponent Previews: Rhode Island (1/30)

Opponent: #24 Rhode Island Rams
League: Atlantic 10 Conference

Record: 17-3 (9-0)

Notable Wins: Seton Hall (16-5), St. Bonaventure (14-6), Providence (14-7), Duquesne (14-8),
Other Wins: La Salle, George Washington, St. Louis, UMass, Dayton, George Mason College of Charleston, FGCU, UNC Asheville, Brown, Holy Cross, Iona

Notable Losses: None
Other Losses: Virginia (20-1), Nevada (18-3), Alabama (11-6)

Team Stats:                         UMass                             URI
Points Per Game       
        69.7 (277th)                     76.7 (Tied-107th))
Rebounds Per Game        34.0 (258th)                    34.0 (Tied-259th)
Assists Per Game              15.0 (Tied-97th)              14.9  (Tied-101st)
Points Allowed                  71.6  (162nd)                    65.8 (38th)

Starting 5:

Jared Terell:  #32 Guard, 6’3 215 lbs
17.9 PPG    3.4 RPG    2.5 APG    1.8 SPG    .416 3P%

E.C Matthews: #0 Guard, 6’5, 200 lbs
14.0 PPG    4.3 RPG    .7 APG    .8 SPG    .5 BPG    .321 3P%

Andre Berry: #34 Forward, 6’8, 275 lbs
9.8 PPG    4.1 RPG    .5 APG    .5 BPG    .609 FG%

Stanford Robinson: #13 Guard, 6’4, 200 lbs
10.2 PPG    5.6 RPG    1.6 APG    2.4 SPG    .6 BPG    .364 3P%

Jeff Dowtin: #11 Guard, 6’3, 170 lbs
8.7 PPG    2.9 RPG    5.4 APG    .9 SPG    .6 BPG

Key Role Player: 

Jarvis Garett: #1 Guard, 6’0, 175 lbs
6.3 PPG    2.5 RPG    2.3 APG    1.0 SPG    .39 3P%

Prediction:

As the Minutemen continue to struggle and remain cold, the Rams travel to Amherst as one of the hottest teams in the country, undefeated in conference play and winners of twelve straight. After a relatively slow start to the year, Rhode Island is hitting their stride at a good time, working their back into national rankings and the conversation as the best mid major team in the country. Jared Terrell continues to look like a first team all-conference performer and although E.C Matthews numbers are down, he is still as deadly as ever. In the previous matchup, Stanford Robinson was the X factor, recording seventeen points and twelve rebounds while impacting the game in far more ways that do not just show up on the stat sheet. His emergence has been one of the prominent reasons for the Rams success as he is finally proving himself after a slightly disappointing first three years. The odds are certainly not in the Minutemen’s favor and it will be an all hands on deck effort to just keep the contest close in the first half. UMass must focus on limitng turnovers (19 in last matchup) and hit the offensive glass hard, which they did well with the last time these teams met.

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