Massachusetts vs. Rhode Island: Full Game Preview
|Massachusetts||C Williams 15.2||C Lalanne 7.0||C Williams 7.5|
|Rhode Island||X Munford 17.3||N Malesevic 5.3||M Powell 3.8|
Rhode Island plays host to Massachusetts at Ryan Center on Saturday. Tipoff is at 2 p.m. EST and you can catch it on OSN. The Rams lost to the Minutemen 81-53 on Feb. 6 and are 3-6 against them over the last four years.
Rhode Island is currently in 14th place in the conference and Massachusetts is in seventh. Rhode Island is looking to recover from having lost four games in a row.
The Rams fell 81-44 to St. Joseph's (PA) on Mar. 6. Nikola Malesevic finished with 10 points and five rebounds in the loss. He leads the team in rebounds per game with 5.3 while also putting up 10.3 points per game. For the Minutemen, Chaz Williams finished with eight points and eight assists in the 73-62 loss to Butler on Mar. 7. He leads the team in points with 15.2 per game, assists with 7.5 per game, and steals with 2.1 per game.
Massachusetts has an edge in a single key statistical category, scoring, where the Minutemen have the upper hand over the Rams, 73.5 points per game to 61.4 points per game.
- Diaper Dandies love Rhode Island. Rhode Island has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Massachusetts (3 vs. 1).
- Rhode Island has come back to win after being down at half against Massachusetts six times since 1998.
- You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Rhode Island currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (952 to 949) than Massachusetts, per the NCAA.
- AP voters think more highly of Rhode Island and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Massachusetts (15 vs. five).
- Rhode Island has a stronger schedule than Massachusetts this season (SOS Rank: No. 43 vs. No. 75).
- Rhode Island has an average margin of victory of 8 over Massachusetts in 24 wins since 1980.
- The Rhode Island three-point leader (Xavier Munford, 65 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Massachusetts three-point leader (Freddie Riley, 54 three-pointers).
- The Rhode Island basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Massachusetts (82 percent vs. 57 percent).
- Jordan Hare is ranked 5th in the A-10 in blocks.
- The Rhode Island blocks leader (Jordan Hare, 47 blocks) has more blocks than the Massachusetts blocks leader (Raphiael Putney, 36 blocks).