Rams Head to Alabama for Big Road Test

Rams Head to Alabama for Big Road Test

THE BASICS
Rhode Island at Alabama
Tip-Off: Wednesday, Dec. 6, 8:00 p.m. EST
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RHODE ISLAND VS. ALABAMA - SERIES NOTES

  • Wednesday will be just the second meeting all time between Rhode Island and Alabama.
  • The only other meeting between the programs came on Dec. 29, 1992 when the Crimson Tide defeated the Rams 79-78 in the Cable Car Classic in Santa Clara, Calif.
  • Rhode Island has played one other time in the state of Alabama during Dan Hurley's time at the school. On Nov. 25, 2012, the Rams beat Auburn in double overtime, 78-72.
  • The win over Auburn was Hurley's first as head coach for Rhode Island.  
  • Alabama is one of the top shot blocking teams in the country, ranking fifth with 6.6 blocks per game.
  • Donta Hall and Daniel Giddens have combined for 34 blocked shots through eight games.
  • Hall is also the nation's leader in field goal percentage, hitting 77.8 percent of his shots from the floor.
  • Collin Sexton ranks 22nd nationally with 22.1 points per game.
  • Alabama received 21 votes in this week's Associated Press Top 25 poll, while Rhode Island got 73 votes. 

SEC NETWORK TO BROADCAST THE GAME

  • Wendesday's game will air on the SEC Network+ and will stream on the Watch ESPN platform.
  • Eli Gold will have the play-by-play and former Alabama head coach Wimp Sanderson will be the color analyst.

RUSSELL NAMED ATLANTIC 10 Rookie OF THE WEEK

  • Freshman Fatts Russell was named the Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Rookie of the Week, the league announced Monday afternoon.
  • Russell had a breakout week for the Rams, scoring exactly 20 points in back-to-back games, helping Rhode Island defeat Brown, 86-62, and then Providence, 75-68, last week.
  • The Philadelphia native came off the bench in both games and shot .560 from the floor (14-of-25), including 7-of-12 (.583) from beyond the arc, for the week. Against Brown he had four assists with no turnovers while shooting 5-for-6 (.833) from 3-point range.
  • Then versus Providence, he grabbed five rebounds and shot .500 from the floor (7-for-14). Russell also averaged 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
  • This is the second straight week a Rhode Island player has earned weekly league honors. Senior Jared Terrell was the conference Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 27.

RAMS RECEIVE VOTES IN TOP 25 POLLS

  • Rhode Island is clearly on the national radar, receiving votes each week in both the Associated Press Top 25 poll and the USA Today Top 25.
  • This week, the Rams are 28th in the Associated Press poll with 73 votes.
  • In the latest USA Today poll Rhode Island received 18 votes, good for 33rd in that poll.

RAMS BOAST STRONG RPI, STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE 

  • Rhode Island's non-conference schedule has been as difficult as any in the country.
  • Wednesday will be Rhode Island's fourth game against a team that has been in the Top 25 this season. The Rams beat No. 20 Seton Hall on Nov. 23 and fell to No. 25 Virginia Nov. 24.
  • The Rams also played at current No. 22 Nevada on Nov. 13, falling 88-81. Nevada was not ranked at the time of the game.
  • As of Monday afternoon, Rhode Island's strength of schedule was ranked No. 2 in the country.
  • The Rams also were ranked No. 9 in RPI as of Monday.
  • When Rhode Island beat No. 20 Seton Hall on Thanksgiving, it was the program's first win over a top 20 team since it beat No. 2 Kansas in the second round of the 1998 NCAA Championship. 

DOWTIN RECORDS 100th ASSIST

  • Sophomore point guard Jeff Dowtin ranks 12th in the country and leads the Atlantic 10 with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 4.43.
  • Last time out, Dowtin recorded his 100th career assist in his 39th career game.
  • He has committed just seven turnovers and has 31 assists in 230 minutes of play this season.
  • Twice this season Dowtin has played at least 30 minutes without turning the ball over.
  • Through seven games, he has had one or zero turnovers five times.
  • Last year he led the Atlantic 10 in assist/turnover ratio in conference play, recording 55 assists to just 19 turnovers - a 3.24:1 ratio - over 18 games.

HISTORIC CROWD ON HAND FOR WIN OVER PROVIDENCE 

  • Rhode Island's 75-68 victory over in-state rival Providence was played in front of 7,959 fans, the second-largest crowd in the history of the Ryan Center.
  • The only larger crowd was for a game against Pittsburgh on Dec. 21, 2002. The attendance that night was 8,121.
  • The Providence game marked the 12th sellout for a men's basketball game in the history of the Ryan Center.
  • More than 2,700 full season ticket packages have been sold for this season. In addition, more than 1,400 five- and three-game mini-plan packages have been purchased.
  • Both figures represent the most in the school's history.
  • The crowd of 6,367 against UNC Asheville on Nov. 10 was the largest opening night crowd in Ryan Center history.