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URI Rams Head Coach David Cox

Rhody Summer Notes: Deep Diving into a Brutal Non-Conference Schedule

There's a saying that resurfaces around this time every year, "Summer deserves a speeding ticket." Somehow, we're less than 70 days away - 67 to be exact - from URI tipping off its 2019-20 season with an exhibition against in-state foe Rhode Island College on October 26th. As the curtain draws on our Narragansett...
URI Rams Basketball

Rams Poised to Improve in Key Areas

Performance metrics are everywhere. As a communications professional by day and a college basketball analyst by night, I can't escape them. Nightmares of Kenpom and Google Data Studio will both dot my future. That aside, I've learned a few things from bathing in metrics all too often. One is that all the data in...
Fatts Russell URI Rams

Fatts Tuesday: Russell Maturing into a Leader for the Rams

Cliches are everywhere in sports and life. One oft-used is "next man up," referring to a situation where either a player is injured and another must step in or, at times, in a general program sense where seniors graduate and others fill their shoes. At the conclusion of 2017-18, Rhode Island graduated four guards who...
URI Rams commit Elijah Wood

Rams Commit Elijah Wood Wishes He Could Get to Rhode Island Right Now

Rhode Island's Class of 2020 took significant shape - early - with the commitment of Maryland native Elijah Wood. A consensus 4-star recruit, 247 Sports ranks the 6-foot-5 Wood as the fourth best player in the talent rich mid-Atlantic state and 104th best player in the 2020 class nationwide. Among combo guards nationally, Wood...
URI Rams Jacob Toppin

Rams Commit Jacob Toppin: “URI Felt Like Home to Me”

Jacob Toppin, a 6-7 forward from Ossining, NY, committed to the Rhode Island program last weekend. He's a long, 185-pound, rangy forward who can shoot it from the deep and possesses good ball skills. He's used to playing on the perimeter, having grown seven inches - from just six-feet - within the last two...
Jeff Dowtin

URI Rams Jeff Dowtin’s Take on the Dance

Rhode Island point guard Jeff Dowtin wrapped up a successful junior season, bridging his young team in a transition year from both a personnel and coaching standpoint. Averaging 15.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game on 47.5 percent shooting from the floor, Dowtin commanded the attention of opponents, while making the players...
Jeremy Sheppard URI Rams

Jeremy Sheppard Adds Firepower to URI Rams Lineup

Rhode Island received a back court boost when former East Carolina guard and 2016-17 American Athletic Conference All-Rookie team selection Jeremy Sheppard committed to David Cox's program last weekend. If we crank back the time machine to Sheppard's 2016-17 All-Rookie season at ECU, he averaged 9.2 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 3.5 assists in 26.6 minutes...
2019 NCAA Tournament analysis

NCAA Tournament Teams Dance to Predictable Rhythm So Far

The first four days of the NCAA Tournament brought a few upsets (Liberty, UC Irvine), buzzer-beaters (LSU over Maryland), and ultra-competitive contests like the mountain-scaling comeback from Iowa, only to see the Hawkeyes fade in overtime against 2-seed Tennessee. A mere 15 games remain in this college basketball season that began with the hopes...
VCU basketball NCAA Tournament

VCU Analyst Michael Litos: “They’re as Mentally Strong a VCU Team as I Can...

After a reset year in 2018, VCU resumed its familiar place atop the Atlantic 10 standings in 2018-19, winning the regular season conference title en route to a 25-7, 16-2 record overall. The handiwork resulted in the Rams securing the only at-large bid from the league this year — along with an 8 seed...
URI Rams Atlantic 10 Tournament

Freshmen Help URI Rams Stun Top Seed VCU

Eighth-seeded Rhode Island shocked top seed VCU, 75-70, to advance to at least the Atlantic 10 semifinals for the third straight season. It was also the third straight year Rhode Island has knocked VCU out of the conference's signature event. Four Rams scored in double-figures, led by Jeff Dowtin who poured in 22 points...