Rams Travel to Nevada for Monday Night Tilt on ESPNU

Rams Travel to Nevada for Monday Night Tilt on ESPNU

THE BASICS
Rhode Island at Nevada 
Tip-Off: Friday, Nov. 10, 11:35 p.m. EST *
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RHODE ISLAND VS. NEVADA - SERIES NOTES

  • Rhode Island and Nevada have met just once previously, an 85-83 victory for Rhode Island March 22, 2010.
  • That game came in the second round of the 2010 NIT and was played at the Ryan Center.
  • During the game, Keith Cothran became Rhode Island's all-time leader in steals. He remains the program's all-time leader with 207.
  • Like Rhode Island, Nevada is coming off an NCAA Championship appearance after winning the regular season and tournament titles in the Mountain West last season.
  • Nevada received votes in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Top 25 Preseason polls. The Wolfpack received seven votes in the AP poll and one in the coaches poll.
  • Nevada head coach Eric Musselman was the 2016-17 Mountain West Coach of the Year after leading his team to 28 wins, marking the second straight season with at least 24 victories.

ESPNU TO AIR MONDAY'S GAME

  • For those fans able to stay up late, Monday night's contest will air nationally on ESPNU, the first of 20 national broadcasts for Rhode Island this season.
  • The game will be called by Eric Rothman and Caron Butler.

RAMS RECEIVE VOTES IN PRESEASON POLLS 

  • Rhode Island is clearly on the national radar as the 2017-18 season opens, as the Rams finished just outside the top 25 in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the USA Today Top 25 preseason polls.
  • The Rams were 28th in the AP poll, getting 49 points and coming in just behind Alabama and Virginia.
  • Rhody was 31st in the USA Today Coaches Poll with 32 point, just one vote behind TCU.

ROBINSON STEALING THE SHOW

  • Senior Stanford Robinson had a career-high seven steals in the season opener against UNC Asheville on Nov. 10.
  • It was the most steals in a game for a Rhode Island player since Keith Cothran had seven at Ohio on Dec. 27, 2006.
  • In 35 games with Rhode Island, Robinson has 46 steals. He had 35 steals in 64 games over two seasons with Indiana.

DON'T BE DOWTIN HIS HANDLE

  • Rhode Island sophomore Jeff Dowtin continues to emerge as one of the top young point guards in the country.
  • Over his last seven games, the 6-3 Dowtin has committed just three turnovers in 168 minutes.
  • Over the same span, he has 18 assists for a strong 6:1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
  • While Dowtin has proven he can handle the ball, he also continues to be an efficient shooter. Dating back to last season, he is shooting 63.6 percent (21-of-33) from the floor over his last seven contests.

BERRY IMPRESSES IN FIRST START

  • Senior Andre Berry made his first career start in the season opener against UNC Asheville.
  • He responded with a big game on offense, matching his career high with 15 points.
  • Berry also had 15 points at Dayton during his sophomore season.
  • Berry was 6-for-10 from the floor and a perfect 3-for-3 at the free throw line.
  • He added two rebounds in 17 minutes on the floor.

HURLEY'S DEFENSE NEVER RESTS

  • Rhode Island had 13 steals and forced 27 turnovers overall in the season opener against UNC Asheville.
  • Seven different players had at least one steal, led by senior Stanford Robinson's seven steals.
  • Rhode Island won the defensive "triple crown" in the 2016-17 regular season, leading the Atlantic 10 in scoring defense, field goal percentage defense and 3-point field goal percentage defense.
  • The Rams have led the A-10 in scoring defense in each of the last three seasons.
  • Rhode Island held UNC Asheville to 60 points in the opener. Last year, URI held 11 team to 60 points or fewer - including eight games in A-10 regular season play.
  • Rhody was 10-1 in those games.