NIT: NU and RIT by the numbers... Info on Thursday's Liveblog Project

Eric ClingersmithContributor IMarch 17, 2009

Rhode Island @ Niagara University - Taps Gallagher Center - 7pm

TWBuffalo - ch. 13
TWRochester - ch.98

‘The River’ 105.1 FM

1: This is the first NIT game held at the historic Taps Gallagher Center on Monteagle Ridge.
2: URI came in 2nd in the Atlantic 10, though picked to come in 7th in the preseason.
2: Niagara finished 2nd in the MAAC, though selected to come in 4th in the preseason.
4.5: Niagara is favored by 4.5 tonight, which in my eyes is a bit high.
10: Niagara was ranked 10th in the Mid Major top 12, URI was unranked.
12: Niagara was one of 12 teams with 26 wins.
15: Niagara lead the nation with 15 wins away from home.
16.3: Tyrone Lewis' leads Niagara with 16.3 ppg.
17.1: Jimmy Baron leads the Rams with 17.1 ppg.
20: URI has had 20 wins both this and last season.
49: Niagara's RPI rating
68: URI's RPI (say that ten times fast)
68: URI's Sagarin Rating
75: Niagara's Sagarin rating

My Prediction is a 73-70 Niagara win... Either way, the winner is likely on to a tough game at Penn State.

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