Rams Open Conference Play on ESPNU at Saint Louis Sunday

Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard
Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard

THE BASICS
Rhode Island at Saint Louis
Tip-Off: Sunday, Jan. 6, 4:00 p.m. EST
Live Coverage: Stats | Audio | ESPNU
Game Notes

RHODE ISLAND VS. SAINT LOUIS - SERIES NOTES

  • Sunday's game will be the 19th matchup between Rhode Island and Saint Louis, with Rhody holding a 12-6 edge. 
  • Rhode Island has won five straight in the series, and 11 of the last 12 overall.
  • The Rams are 6-4 all-time at Saint Louis and have won six straight times at Chaifetz Arena.
  • Rhody's last loss at Saint Louis was a 62-57 setback on Feb. 17, 2010.
  • This is the Atlantic 10 opener for both teams. Rhode Island and Saint Louis have met in the conference opener four times in the last five seasons. Rhode Island has won three of the four meetings. URI won 90-56 at Saint Louis in 2016-17; 85-57 at home in 2015-16 and 65-53 on the road in 2014-15. In 2013-14, Saint Louis won 59-58 in Kingston.
  • Both teams enter the game having won the last time out, and two of their last three games overall. Rhode Island is coming off a victory over Middle Tennessee, while Saint Louis won against Appalachian State most recently.
  • This game will feature two of the premiere big men in the conference. Rhode Island's Cyril Langevine leads the Atlantic 10 in rebounding with 10.0 per game, while Hassan French is third in the league with 7.6.
  • Both sides apply heavy ball pressure on defense. Saint Louis is second in the A-10 with 8.3 steals per game, while Rhode Island is fifth with 7.8.  
  • Jordan Goodwin is fourth in the conference with 2.31 steals per game for the Billikens, while Javon Bess ranks ninth with 1.69. The Rhody duo of Fatts Russell (1.83) and Christion Thompson (1.75) ranks seventh and eighth, respectively. 

ESPNU TO BROADCAST ATLANTIC 10 OPENER

  • The Atlantic 10 opener for Rhode Island and Saint Louis will be carried on ESPNU.
  • Chuckie Kempf will handle play-by-play duties, and David Padgett will be the color analyst. 
  • The game will be broadcast on radio via B101 with Steve McDonald and Don Kaull

PRODUCTION FOR FRESHMEN TRIO TRENDING UPWARD

  • In the final non-conference game against Middle Tennessee, Rhody's heralded freshmen Jermaine Harris, Tyrese Martin and Dana Tate combined for 31 points and 19 rebounds. 
  • The trio accounted for 43.1 of the team's total scoring and 48.7 percent of the team's rebounds. 
  • Tate, in particular, had a breakout performance in the most recent game. He scored a career-high 15 points while hitting 5-of-7 from the floor and 3-of-3 from 3-point range.
  • It's the latest in the development for the three freshmen. 
  • In the first six games of the season, Harris, Martin and Tate combined to average just 11.2 points per game while shooting .351 from the field (27-of-77), including 2-for-20 from deep. 
  • In their last six games, the three have contributed 18.8 points per game 
  • They are shooting .464 (39-of-84) from the floor, including .407 (11-for-27) from 3-point range.
  • The increased production from the freshmen has coincided with team success for Rhode Island. The Rams are 4-2 over the last six games, including neutral site wins over West Virginia and Charlotte, a road victory at Holy Cross and a home win against Middle Tennessee.