After a week off, the Rhode Island Rams are back in action, hosting College of Charleston in a Saturday afternoon tilt. Rhody is 5-3 on the season, and looking to get back on track after a loss to Alabama. The game can be seen on Yurview New England Channel 4 and 1004 at 4:00pm on December 16th.
Will Matthews Return?
Coach Dan Hurley said this week that Matthews is likely to play, which would be the first time since he broke his wrist on a hard drive to the basket in a November 13th loss to Nevada.
#URI coach Dan Hurley said he expects EC Matthews (left wrist) and Cyril Langevine (sports hernia) to play Saturday against Charleston. Ryan Preston (triceps) is questionable. #Rams
— Bill Koch (@BillKoch25) December 14, 2017
Monday morning thought: @RhodyMBB Fatts Russell is the quickest @A10MBB guard I’ve seen since Chaz Williams. Different players — Williams more powerful, Russell more elusive, but similar quickness.
— Chris DiSano (@CDiSano44) December 4, 2017
Coach Dan Hurley has Rhody in an excellent position through the first month of the season, especially considering the loss of Matthews. Chris DiSano was asked about this, and he agrees that URI is where they want to be heading into the ever-closer A-10 schedule.
“Playing one of the most challenging non conference schedules in the country, the Rams RPI is NCAA-Tourney caliber level with three nonconference games remaining. All three remaining opponents are quality programs, but in playing at home the Rams have an excellent chance to emerge at 8-3 in the nonconference season, including wins against ranked Seton Hall and Providence — terrific for a team without its 1st team all-A10 guard for a month,” said DiSano.
For a team with designs on another NCAA Tournament run, and playing in a conference that hasn’t lived up to expectations, Rhody has done what they need to do so far in this season. Although they face quality opponents these next three games at home, vs Charleston, Iona and Florida Gulf Coast, all were scheduled as wins. Taking care of business at the Ryan Center will undoubtedly put the Rams where they want to be heading into Atlantic 10 play.
Watch the URI Rams vs. College of Charleston Saturday December 16th at 4:00pm EST on Yurview New England (Cox Channel 4 and 1004).