2017–18 Rhode Island Rams men's basketball team

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2017–18 Rhode Island Rams men's basketball
Rhode Island Rams logo.svg
Atlantic 10 regular season champions
NCAA Tournament, Second Round
Conference Atlantic 10 Conference
2017–18 record 26–8 (15–3 A-10)
Head coach Dan Hurley (6th season)
Assistant coach David Cox
Assistant coach Tyron Boswell
Assistant coach Tom Moore
Home arena Ryan Center
Seasons
← 2016–17
2018–19 →
2017–18 Atlantic 10 men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Rhode Island 15 3   .833     26 8   .765
St. Bonaventure 14 4   .778     26 8   .765
Davidson 13 5   .722     21 12   .636
Saint Joseph's 10 8   .556     16 16   .500
VCU 9 9   .500     18 15   .545
Saint Louis 9 9   .500     17 16   .515
George Mason 9 9   .500     16 17   .485
Richmond 9 9   .500     12 20   .375
Dayton 8 10   .444     14 17   .452
Duquesne 7 11   .389     16 16   .500
George Washington 7 11   .389     15 18   .455
La Salle 7 11   .389     13 19   .406
Massachusetts 5 13   .278     13 20   .394
Fordham 4 14   .222     9 22   .290
2018 A10 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017–18 Rhode Island Rams basketball team represented the University of Rhode Island during the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Rams, led by sixth-year head coach Dan Hurley, played their home games at the Ryan Center in Kingston, Rhode Island as members of the Atlantic 10 Conference. They finished the season 26–8, 15–3 in A-10 play to finish win the A-10 regular season championship. They defeated VCU and Saint Joseph's to advance to the championship game of the A-10 Tournament where they lost to Davidson. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated Oklahoma in the First Round before losing in the Second Round to Duke.

On March 22, 2018, it was announced that head coach Dan Hurley had accepted the head coaching job at Connecticut.[1][2] On April 4, assistant coach David Cox was promoted to head coach.[3]

Previous season

The Rams finished the 2016–17 season 25–10, 13–5 in A-10 play to finish in a tie for third place. In the A-10 Tournament, they defeated St. Bonaventure,[4] Davidson,[5] and VCU to win the A-10 Tournament championship.[6] As a result, they received the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament as the No. 11 seed in the Midwest region.[7] They received a No. 11 seed in the Midwest region where they defeated No. 6-seeded Creighton in the First Round[8][9] before losing to No. 3-seeded Oregon in the Second Round.[10][11]

Offseason

Departures

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Reason for departure
Hassan Martin 12 F 6'7" 235 Senior Staten Island, NY Graduated
Kuran Iverson 23 F 6'9" 215 Senior Windsor, CT Graduated

Incoming transfers

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
Ryan Preston 5 F 6'7" 230 Junior Brooklyn, NY Junior college transferred from Trinity Valley CC

2017 recruiting class

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Daron Russell
#37 PG
Philadelphia, PA Imhotep Institute 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 150 lb (68 kg) Sep 20, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 79
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2017 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. 

2018 recruiting class

Preseason

In a poll of the league’s head coaches and select media members at the conference's media day, the Rams were picked to win the A-10, receiving 27 of 28 first place votes.[12] E.C. Matthews was selected to the conference's preseason first team while Jared Terrell was picked for the preseason second team.[12]

Roster

2017–18 Rhode Island Rams men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 E. C. Matthews 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) RS Sr Romulus Detroit, MI
G 1 Jarvis Garrett 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Sr Notre Dame Prep Milwaukee, WI
G 2 Daron Russell 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Fr Imhotep Institute Philadelphia, PA
G 4 Will Leviton (W) 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 150 lb (68 kg) Jr Classical Providence, RI
F 5 Ryan Preston 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Jr South Shore
Trinity Valley CC
Brooklyn, NY
F 10 Cyril Langevine 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) So The Patrick School East Orange, NJ
G 11 Jeff Dowtin 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 170 lb (77 kg) So St. John's Washington, D.C.
G 13 Stanford Robinson 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) RS Sr Findlay Prep
Indiana
Landover, MD
G 15 Eric Dadika (W) 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) So Spotswood Milltown, NJ
F 21 Mike Layssard Jr. 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 255 lb (116 kg) So Northwood Lena, LA
G 25 Christion Thompson 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr Madison Prep Baton Rouge, LA
G 32 Jared Terrell 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Sr Brewster Academy Weymouth, MA
F 34 Andre Berry 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 275 lb (125 kg) Sr St. Andrew's
New Mexico Military Institute
West Hempstead, NY
F 45 Nicola Akele 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jr IMG Academy Treviso, Italy
C 55 Michael Tertsea 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) RS Fr John Carroll School Makurdi, Nigeria
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Schedule and results

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
Oct 28, 2017*
1:00 pm
Buffalo
Charity Exhibition for Disaster Relief
W 80–72 OT
 24  Terrell   12  Robinson   5  Garrett  Ryan Center (1,363)
Kingston, RI
Non-conference regular season
Nov 10, 2017*
7:30 pm
UNC Asheville
NIT Season Tipoff
W 84–60  1–0
 18  Robinson   5  Preston   5  Terrell  Ryan Center (6,367)
Kingston, RI
Nov 13, 2017*
11:30 pm, ESPNU
at Nevada L 81–88  1–1
 24  Terrell   6  Akele   6  Dowtin  Lawlor Events Center (7,737)
Reno, NV
Nov 19, 2017*
1:00 pm
Holy Cross W 88–66  2–1
 25  Terrell   5  Tied   9  Dowtin  Ryan Center (4,309)
Kingston, RI
Nov 23, 2017*
6:00 pm, ESPNU
vs. No. 20 Seton Hall
NIT Season Tipoff semifinals
W 75–74  3–1
 32  Terrell   7  Berry   2  Dowtin  Barclays Center (1,874)
Brooklyn, NY
Nov 24, 2017*
7:30 pm, ESPNU
vs. Virginia
NIT Season Tipoff championship game
L 55–70  3–2
 12  Berry   7  Berry   6  Terrell  Barclays Center (3,952)
Brooklyn, NY
Nov 28, 2017*
7:00 pm
Brown
Ocean State Cup
W 86–62  4–2
 20  Russell   8  Robinson   4  Russell  Ryan Center (4,485)
Kingston, RI
Dec 2, 2017*
5:00 pm, CBSSN
Providence
Ocean State Cup
W 75–68  5–2
 15  Garrett   12  Robinson   4  Tied  Ryan Center (7,959)
Kingston, RI
Dec 6, 2017*
8:00 pm, SECN+
at Alabama L 64–68  5–3
 18  Garrett   5  Langevine   2  3 tied  Coleman Coliseum (12,807)
Tuscaloosa, AL
Dec 16, 2017*
4:00 pm
College of Charleston W 68–62  6–3
 21  Terrell   10  Tied   3  Dowtin  Ryan Center (5,761)
Kingston, RI
Dec 21, 2017*
7:00 pm
Iona W 80–74  7–3
 23  Terrell   10  Robinson   6  Dowtin  Ryan Center (4,381)
Kingston, RI
Dec 27, 2017*
7:00 pm, ESPNU
Florida Gulf Coast W 80–60  8–3
 20  Matthews   7  Robinson   6  Terrell  Ryan Center (5,347)
Kingston, RI
Atlantic 10 regular season
Dec 30, 2017
4:00 pm
George Mason W 83–64  9–3
(1–0)
 18  Matthews   10  Langevine   8  Dowtin  Ryan Center (6,383)
Kingston, RI
Jan 3, 2018
7:00 pm
La Salle W 74–62  10–3
(2–0)
 24  Matthews   6  Matthews   3  Dowtin  Ryan Center (4,549)
Kingston, RI
Jan 6, 2018
4:00 pm
at George Washington W 81–60  11–3
(3–0)
 22  Terrell   10  Langevine   9  Dowtin  Charles E. Smith Center (2,249)
Washington, D.C.
Jan 9, 2018
7:00 pm, CBSSN
at Saint Louis W 72–65  12–3
(4–0)
 20  Terrell   10  Berry   8  Dowtin  Chaifetz Arena (5,179)
St. Louis, MO
Jan 13, 2018
11:00 am, ESPNU
St. Bonaventure W 87–73  13–3
(5–0)
 20  Matthews   9  Tied   9  Dowtin  Ryan Center (7,082)
Kingston, RI
Jan 17, 2018
7:00 pm
Massachusetts W 73–51  14–3
(6–0)
 24  Terrell   12  Robinson   6  Dowtin  Ryan Center (5,583)
Kingston, RI
Jan 20, 2018
1:00 pm, CBSSN
at Dayton W 88–74  15–3
(7–0)
 24  Terrell   7  Matthews   7  Garrett  UD Arena (13,350)
Dayton, OH
Jan 24, 2018
7:00 pm, Stadium
No. 24 at Fordham W 78–58  16–3
(8–0)
 20  Berry   7  Langevine   5  Tied  Rose Hill Gymnasium (2,015)
Bronx, NY
Jan 27, 2018
12:00 pm, NBCSN
No. 24 Duquesne W 61–58  17–3
(9–0)
 20  Matthews   5  Tied   6  Dowtin  Ryan Center (7,432)
Kingston, RI
Jan 30, 2018
6:30 pm, CBSSN
No. 22 at Massachusetts W 85–83  18–3
(10–0)
 19  Dowtin   5  Robinson   10  Dowtin  Mullins Center (4,194)
Amherst, MA
Feb 2, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 22 at VCU W 81–68  19–3
(11–0)
 18  Matthews   18  Langevine   6  Dowtin  Siegel Center (7,637)
Richmond, VA
Feb 9, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 18 Davidson W 72–59  20–3
(12–0)
 17  Garrett   8  Langevine   5  Dowtin  Ryan Center (7,743)
Kingston, RI
Feb 13, 2018
8:30 pm, CBSSN
No. 16 Richmond W 85–67  21–3
(13–0)
 17  Terrell   6  Langevine   7  Dowtin  Ryan Center (7,019)
Kingston, RI
Feb 16, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 16 at St. Bonaventure L 74–77  21–4
(13–1)
 23  Terrell   10  Langevine   5  Dowtin  Reilly Center (5,480)
Olean, NY
Feb 20, 2018
7:00 pm, CBSSN
No. 18 at La Salle W 95–93 OT 22–4
(14–1)
 25  Dowtin   7  Robinson   7  Dowtin  Tom Gola Arena (1,841)
Philadelphia, PA
Feb 23, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 18 Dayton W 81–56  23–4
(15–1)
 20  Dowtin   5  Tied   5  Dowtin  Ryan Center (7,880)
Kingston, RI
Feb 27, 2018
7:00 pm, CBSSN
No. 17 Saint Joseph's L 48–78  23–5
(15–2)
 19  Terrell   7  Terrell   4  Dowtin  Ryan Center (7,186)
Kingston, RI
Mar 2, 2018
8:00 pm, CBSSN
No. 17 at Davidson L 61–63  23–6
(15–3)
 22  Terrell   8  Robinson   4  Matthews  John M. Belk Arena (4,442)
Davidson, NC
Atlantic 10 Tournament
Mar 9, 2018
12:00 pm, NBCSN
(1) No. 25 vs. (8) VCU
Quarterfinals
W 76–67  24–6
 18  Dowtin   8  Robinson   5  Garrett  Capital One Arena (7,321)
Washington, D.C.
Mar 10, 2018
1:00 pm, CBSSN
(1) No. 25 vs. (4) Saint Joseph's
Semifinals
W 90–87  25–6
 18  Berry   9  Berry   10  Dowtin  Capital One Arena (8,756)
Washington, D.C.
Mar 11, 2018
1:00 pm, CBS
(1) No. 25 vs. (3) Davidson
Championship
L 57–58  25–7
 20  Matthews   8  Matthews   4  Garrett  Capital One Arena (7,643)
Washington, D.C.
NCAA Tournament
Mar 15, 2018*
12:15 pm, CBS
(7 MW) vs. (10 MW) Oklahoma
First Round
W 83–78 OT 26–7
 16  Matthews   10  Langevine   5  Terrell  PPG Paints Arena (18,757)
Pittsburgh, PA
Mar 17, 2018*
2:40 pm, CBS
(7 MW) vs. (2 MW) No. 9 Duke
Second Round
L 62–87  26–8
 23  Matthews   8  Berry   9  Dowtin  PPG Paints Arena (19,015)
Pittsburgh, PA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time.

Source[13][14]

Rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Final 
AP RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV 24 22 18 16 18 17 25 RV Not released 
Coaches RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV 23 21 19 14 18 16 24 22 RV

*AP does not release post-NCAA tournament rankings

See also

References

  1. ^ Goodman, Jeff (March 22, 2018). "Dan Hurley leaving Rhode Island, named head coach at UConn". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 22, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Dan Hurley to become next head coach at UConn". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2018-03-22. 
  3. ^ Goodman, Jeff (April 4, 2018). "Assistant David Cox takes over as Rhode Island head coach". ESPN.com. Retrieved April 4, 2018. 
  4. ^ "St. Bonaventure vs. Rhode Island – Game Recap – March 10, 2017 – ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-10-24. 
  5. ^ "Davidson vs. Rhode Island – Game Recap – March 11, 2017 – ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-10-24. 
  6. ^ "Rhode Island vs. VCU – Game Recap – March 12, 2017 – ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-10-24. 
  7. ^ writer, Jon Nyatawa / World-Herald staff. "Creighton earns No. 6 seed for NCAA tournament, will face Rhode Island in first round with Oregon looming". Omaha.com. Retrieved 2017-10-24. 
  8. ^ "Rhode Island upsets Creighton in NCAA Tournament, will face Oregon Ducks next". OregonLive.com. Retrieved 2017-10-24. 
  9. ^ "NCAA TOURNAMENT: Upstart 11th seed URI stuns No. 6 Creighton, 84–72". NBC Sports Boston. 2017-03-17. Retrieved 2017-10-24. 
  10. ^ "Rhode Island vs. Oregon – Game Recap – March 19, 2017 – ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-10-24. 
  11. ^ "Rhode Island Rams exit NCAA Tournament with loss to Oregon". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2017-10-24. 
  12. ^ a b "Rhode Island Picked to Win A-10 Men's Basketball". Atlantic 10 Conference. Atlantic10.com. October 17, 2017. Retrieved October 17, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Rhode Island Rams Basketball 2017–18 Schedule – Rams Home and Away – ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-10-24. 
  14. ^ "2017–18 Rhode Island Men's Basketball Schedule". Rhode Island. Retrieved 2017-10-24. 
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