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URI Basketball Climbs to #16 in Latest National Poll

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

 

E.C. Matthews

The University of Rhode Island men’s basketball team moved up two spots to #16 in the country in the latest AP Poll, released on Monday.

The ranking is the highest in-season ranking in the program's history.

15 Game-Winning Streak

The Rams enter the week having won 15 straight games, the second-longest active win streak in the country, behind Eastern Tennessee State’s 16-game winning streak.

Earlier this week, the Rams cruised past Davidson 72-59 at the Ryan Center behind 17 points from Jarvis Garrett and a combined 41 points from the bench.

RPI Ranking

The Rams have moved up to 5th in the RPI rankings, one spot behind Auburn and ahead of Purdue and Duke.

The RPI rankings measure the team's strength of schedule and is adjusted based on wins and losses and who those wins and losses come against.

Bracketology

On Sunday, CBS Sports projected the Rams as a 5-seed in the NCAA Tournament with analyst Clark Kellogg says Rhode Island could be as high as a four seed.

ESPN’s Joe Lunardi also projects the Rams as a five seed in his latest bracket projection released on Monday.

Next up

The Rams return to action on Tuesday, February 13 when they host Richmond at the Ryan Center.

Game time is set for 8:30 p.m.

 

Related Slideshow: URI Rams Basketball 2017-18 Projected Starting Lineup

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E.C. Matthews - Redshirt Senior 

E.C. Matthews returns for his redshirt senior season, now two years removed from ACL surgery. The Rams will need him to regain his form.

Matthews missed a couple of weeks during the preseason with knee tendinitis, but has since returned to practice and did play in URI's "secret scrimmage" against Harvard last week. 

Prior to the start of this season, Matthews was named to the first preseason All-Atlantic 10 team during A-10 Media Day. He is also on the John Wooden Award Watch List. 

Last season, Matthews averaged 15 points per game on 42% shooting from the field. In the A-10 Tournament, Matthews carried the Rams offense scoring 20, 19 and 19 points respectively in the three games to get the Rams the title. 

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Jared Terrell - Senior

Jared Terrell was named to second preseason All-Atlantic 10 team during A-10 Media Day. 

He returns to the Rams after averaging 13 points, three rebounds and one steal per game in 2016-17. 

Terrell will look to build off last season in which he shot 42 % from the field - the highest of his career. 

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Jeff Dowtin - Sophomore

Jeff Dowtin is coming off a freshman season in which he started the final 19 games, including both NCAA Tournament games. 

He averaged six points and two assists in 22 minutes of action per game last season while also recording 17 steals on the year. 

In URI's NCAA Tournament game against Creighton, Dowtin poured in a career-high 23 points on 6 of 8 shooting from the field. 

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Andre Berry - Senior 

In two seasons with the Rams, Andre Berry has played in 30 games, but hasn't started any. 

For his career, Berry has averaged 2.4 points and 1.6 rebounds in an averaged of six minutes per game. 

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Cyril Langevine - Sophomore 

Cyril Langevine will make the start at one of the forward positions as the Rams will try to replace Hassan Martin, who they lost to graduation. 

Last season, Langevine played in 35 games and started five games for URI averaging three point, five rebounds, and one block. 

In URI's NCAA game against Oregon, Langevine had a near double-double with nine rebounds and nine points. He also had three steals. 

 
 

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