Sophomore guard Mike Powell had two steals, eight assists and just two turnovers in 28 minutes of action last night (Credit: University of Rhode Island Media Relations)
Last night, the University of Rhode Island began the Dan Hurley era with an 83-31 victory, defeating an overmatched United States Coast Guard Academy team.
While only so much can be learned from a lopsided tune-up, one thing was plainly evident.
The days permitting opponents to regularly shoot 50% from the floor are over.
A year ago, Rhode Island ranked 321st out of 339 teams in scoring defense, allowing 75.5 points per game. Opponents shot 50% or better in a single half of play in an unbelievable 24 of the Rams’ 31 contests and 50% or better for a full game on 13 different occasions.
Dan Hurley may petition the NCAA Clearinghouse for extra eligibility himself if that happens even once this year.
Hyperbole aside, the defensive intensity Rhode Island exhibited last night has not been seen in quite some time. Whether...