RHODE ISLAND RUMORS & GOSSIP

Rams Advance For First Time Since 1998

Jeff Dowtin scored a career-high 23 points to lift No. 11 seed Rhode Island over cold-shooting No. 6 seed Creighton 84-72 on Friday in an opener of the Midwest Region, the Rams' first NCAA Tournament victory in 19 years.
Via Sports On Earth
March 17, 2017

Five mid-major teams to watch in the NCAA Tournament

For numerous fans, chalk is the obvious deterrent for a possible Cinderella story in the NCAA Tournament. Just look at No. 16-seeded New Orleans, which possesses 10,000,000-to-1 odds to do the impossible in this year’s bracket. Unless a close relative is in serious debt, find a different miracle to buy into.But remember when Michigan State was the favorite to win the national...
Via The Comeback
March 13, 2017  |  Discuss

5 potential NCAA Tournament first-round upsets

One of the best parts about March Madness is being able to call a big March Madness upset. There are few things more fun about March Madness than riding a little-known school to the Sweet Sixteen or beyond and bragging about it to your friends and coworkers who’ve never heard of them. Of course, they’re upsets for a reason, and notoriously hard to predict.Teams who have waited...
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 12, 2017  |  Discuss

These five teams have potential to bust brackets in 2017 NCAA Tournament

Let the madness begin.The bracket for the 2017 NCAA Tournament was revealed Sunday and it’s time to look at the teams that will make you tear up your brackets over the next couple of weeks.Here are five potential bracket busters.East Tennessee StateThe No. 13 seed in the East Region will open against the fourth-seeded Florida Gators and should be a trendy upset pick. The champions...
Via NESN.com
March 12, 2017  |  Discuss

Formerly ranked teams that could miss NCAA Tournament

Welcome to February. It’s officially time to panic if your favorite college basketball team doesn’t have a stellar record.A lot can change from now until Selection Sunday — and sometimes not for the better. Few things in sports feel worse than being left out of the 68-team NCAA Tournament field. It’s like watching a house party from the outside.Five teams that were previously...
Via The Comeback
February 02, 2017  |  Discuss

Atlantic 10 roundup: one month until tournament time

With a month to go until the next Atlantic 10 tournament champion is crowned, much is left to be decided. The A-10 is as tough as ever and could potentially send as many as four teams to the NCAA tournament. Yet up and down the league standings, plenty is yet to be determined as teams fight to earn bids and salvage seasons. With a month left in the regular season, let’s look at...
Via The Student Section
February 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Saint Joseph’s Rebounds to defeat vs Rhode Island

Philadelphia PA: At times during the season where teams have those games that they should win and don’t win and must know to stay competitive in the league to make the NCAA tournament as the Saint Joseph’s Hawks took on the Rhode Island Rams on Sunday afternoon at Hagan Arena on the campus of Saint […]
Via Philly Sports Live
January 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Providence beats URI on last-second putback

No. 23 Providence beat the A-10’s Rhode Island Rams tonight on a last-second putback dunk by big man Ben Bentil. Check out the highlight below! Bentil also led the Friars with 23 points to go with eight rebounds, and Providence pulled off the win despite shoddy three-point defense along with bad three-point shooting. Rhode Island also out-rebounded them 33-26. Despite the ugly...
Via Campus Sports Net
December 05, 2015  |  Discuss

URI’s E.C. Matthews out for the season

Rhode Island Rams junior E.C. Matthews suffered a knee injury in Friday’s win over American and will miss the rest of the season as a result. Raphielle Johnson of NBC Sports’ College Basketball Talk reported Matthews’ injury. Matthews, a former four-star recruit out of Michigan’s Romulus High School, near Detroit, offered a statement on his injury. “The injury I sustained...
Via Campus Sports Net
November 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Leroy Butts won’t enroll at Rhode Island for fall semester

Three-star power forward and Rhode Island Rams commit Leroy Butts may have committed to the university, but will not be enrolling there for the fall semester. Per Bill Koch of the Providence Journal, the NCAA has red-flagged Butts’ standardized test scores and he is thus unable to enter school. #URI signee Leroy Butts will not enroll for the start of 2015-16 season, @projo has...
Via Campus Sports Net
August 13, 2015  |  Discuss

As Cuba's embargo falls, a boxing empire called La Finca rises

By Paul Navarro Cuba is the most successful athletic country in the world. No other country on earth has done so much with so little resources. The Cubans’ approach to Olympic sports, especially in boxing, is a testament to the adage that champions are made, not born. Their dedicated sporting program, known as “La Finca,” is the result of politics as much as it is the dedication...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
August 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Billikens begin A-10 play with 65-53 loss to Rhode Island

ST. LOUIS -- Hassan Martin scored all but two of his 15 points in the second half and added a team-high eight rebounds, helping Rhode Island put away Saint Louis 65-53 in an Atlantic-10 Conference opener on Saturday. Gilvydas Biruta had 10 of his 14 points in the first half for the Rams (9-3), who have won four in a row overall -- all by double figures. They've won six of seven in...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
January 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Rhode Island’s Mike Rinaldi bloodied after getting drilled in face by helmet (pic/vid)

Easily the most gruesome and ghastly image to emerge from the weekend that was in college football is the aftermath of what happened to Rhode Island Rams defensive lineman Mike Rinaldi after losing his helmet during a play. In Saturday’s game against the Marshall Thundering Herd, Rinaldi was in the process of making a tackle […] The post Rhode Island’s Mike Rinaldi bloodied...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
September 09, 2014  |  Discuss

COMMIT: 2014 PG Jarvis Garrett to Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Rams landed a verbal commitment from a player considered to be the best available uncommitted lead guard in the country, Jarvis Garrett of Notre Dame Prep (MA). The pledge was announced by Garrett’s coach at Notre Dame Prep, Ryan Hurd. Garrett is a native of Wisconsin, playing at one of the best prep schools ...
Via Hoopniks
February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Recap: Jett's career night lifts SLU past URI in A-10 opener

KINGSTON, R.I. -- Jordair Jett poured in a career-high 31 points, but St. Louis had to sweat out a pair of his missed free throws with 1 second remaining to edge past Rhode Island in a conference opener Tuesday night. The Billikens (14-2, 1-0 Atlantic 10) are riding an eight-game winning streak and beat Rhode Island (9-7, 0-1) for the first time in five tries. Jett hadn't scored...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Saint Louis battles past Rhode Island 59-58

Jordair Jett poured in a career-high 31 points, but St. Louis had to sweat out a pair of his missed free throws with 1 second remaining to edge past Rhode Island in a conference opener Tuesday night. The Billikens (14-2, 1-0 Atlantic 10) are riding an eight-game winning streak and beat Rhode Island (9-7, 0-1) for the first time in five tries. Jett hadn't scored more than 17 this...
Via Associated Press
January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

SLU seniors get one last chance to take down Rhode Island

ST. LOUIS -- Opening conference play at Rhode Island figured to be challenging enough for the Saint Louis Billikens. After all, the five seniors who make the Billikens go still are looking for their first victory against the Rams. SLU's task is looking even tougher since Saturday, when Rhode Island (9-6) pulled out an impressive 74-70 victory at LSU. Leading by six at the half, the...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Biruta leads Rhode Island past New Hampshire 62-45

Gilvydas Biruta scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Rhode Island rolled to an easy 62-45 victory Sunday over New Hampshire. Rhode Island (7-5) snapped a three-game losing skid. Biruta scored in double figures for the sixth consecutive game. It was his second double-double of the season, and the second game scoring a season-high 17 points. Biruta made a layup to give the...
Via Associated Press
December 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Rhode Island defeats McNeese State 76-71

Xavier Munford scored 26 points and made a game-high six 3-pointers Tuesday night to lead Rhode Island to a 76-71 victory over McNeese State. Munford had 13 points in the first half and has scored in double figures in seven of eight games. Rhode Island (6-2) led by 21 points after a 3-point shot by Jarelle Reischel with 12:45 remaining. McNeese State erased the lead to close within...
Via Associated Press
November 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Rhode Island defeats UNC Asheville 73-56

Xavier Munford had 14 points and seven rebounds as Rhode Island defeated UNC Asheville 73-56 Monday night in the consolation round of the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament. Minnis Biggie scored 14 off the bench for the Rams (5-2) and Biruta Gilvydas added 13. Jaron Lane and Andrew Rowsey scored 17 apiece for UNC Asheville (1-5). The teams were tied 33 at the half as UNC Asheville...
Via Associated Press
November 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Rhode Island beats Metro St. 66-63 in NIT

Xavier Munford scored 16 points and hit three free throws in the final 23 seconds to help Rhode Island hold off Metro State in the opening round of the NIT Preseason Tip-Off on Monday night. E.C. Matthews added 16 points and seven rebounds for Rhode Island (3-1), which will move on to face the winner between No. 5 Arizona and Fairleigh Dickinson Tuesday night at the McKale Center...
Via Associated Press
November 18, 2013  |  Discuss
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