Rhode Island Rams men's basketball

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Rhode Island Rams
2018–19 Rhode Island Rams men's basketball team
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University University of Rhode Island
Head coach David Cox (1st season)
Conference Atlantic 10
Location Kingston, Rhode Island
Arena Ryan Center
(Capacity: 7,657)
Nickname Rams
Colors Keaney Blue, White, and Navy Blue[1]
              
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Away jersey
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NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1998
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1988, 1998
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
1988, 1993, 1998, 2017, 2018
NCAA Tournament appearances
1961, 1966, 1978, 1988, 1993, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2017, 2018
Conference tournament champions
1999, 2017
Conference regular season champions
1941, 1943, 1946, 1950, 1961, 1966, 1968, 1972, 1981, 2018

The Rhode Island Rams men's basketball team is a college basketball program that competes in NCAA Division I and the Atlantic 10 Conference representing the University of Rhode Island. The team is under the direction of head coach David Cox[2] who was formerly Assistant Coach to Dan Hurley for four years at Rhode Island until March 22, 2018 when Hurley departed for another college head coaching position.[3] The Rams play their home games at the Ryan Center (capacity 7,657) which opened in 2002.

Current coaching staff[edit]

Name Title College First Season
David Cox Head Coach William and Mary 2018
Vacant Assistant Coach - -
Vacant Assistant Coach - -
Ty Boswell Assistant Coach Northeastern 2017
Vacant Graduate Assistant Coach - -

All-Americans[edit]

Rhode Island has had three All-Americans in its history.

Player Count Years
Stan Modzelewski 2 1941 (second-team); 1942 (second-team)
Chet Jaworski 1 1939 (first team)
Sly Williams 1 1979 (second-team)

Postseason[edit]

NCAA tournament results[edit]

The Rams have appeared in ten NCAA Tournaments. They have a combined 8–10 record. Tom Garrick holds the Rhode Island single-tournament game scoring record with 29 points in 1988 during a march to the Sweet Sixteen.[4] The eighth-seeded 1997-98 Rams, led by senior guard Cuttino Mobley, had the best tournament run in school history, making it to the Elite Eight. Six head coaches have led Rhode Island to the NCAA Tournament with four of them registering tourney wins. Success in basketball fell off after the 1998 season, with the Rams making the tournament in 1999 but losing in the First Round. The team has seen a new degree of success recently, qualifying for the NCAA tournament in 2017 and 2018, both times successfully defeating their First Round opponents and advancing to the Second Round.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1961 First Round St. Bonaventure L 76–86
1966 First Round Davidson L 65–95
1978 First Round Duke L 62–63
1988 #11 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#6 Missouri
#3 Syracuse
#2 Duke
W 87–80
W 97–94
L 72–73
1993 #8 First Round
Second Round
#9 Purdue
#1 North Carolina
W 74–68
L 67–112
1997 #9 First Round #8 Purdue L 76–83OT
1998 #8 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#9 Murray State
#1 Kansas
#13 Valparaiso
#2 Stanford
W 97–74
W 80–75
W 74–68
L 77–79
1999 #12 First Round #5 Charlotte L 70–81OT
2017 #11 First Round
Second Round
#6 Creighton
#3 Oregon
W 84–72
L 72–75
2018 #7 First Round
Second Round
#10 Oklahoma
#2 Duke
W 83–78OT
L 62–87

NIT results[edit]

The Rams have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) 15 times. Their combined record is 14–16. The Rams reached the NIT semifinals three times (1945, 1946, and 2010) with their best showing being runner-up in the 1946 finals. Seven head coaches have led Rhode Island to the NIT with four of them recording wins.

Year Round Opponent Result
1941 First Round Seton Hall L 54–70
1942 Quarterfinals Toledo L 71–82
1945 Quarterfinals
Semifinals
3rd Place Game
Tennessee
DePaul
St. John's
W 51–44
L 53–97
L 57–64
1946 Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals
Bowling Green
Muhlenberg
Kentucky
W 82–79
W 59–49
L 45–46
1979 First Round Maryland L 65–673OT
1981 First Round Purdue L 58–84
1987 First Round Florida State L 92–107
1992 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Vanderbilt
Boston College
Utah
W 68–63
W 81–802OT
L 72–84
1996 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Marist
College of Charleston
Saint Joseph's
W 82–77
W 62–58OT
L 59–76
2003 First Round
Second Round
Seton Hall
Temple
W 61–60
L 53–61
2004 Opening Round
First Round
Boston University
West Virginia
W 80–52
L 72–79
2008 First Round Creighton L 73–74
2009 First Round
Second Round
Niagara
Penn State
W 68–62
L 72–83
2010 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Northwestern
Nevada
Virginia Tech
North Carolina
W 76–64
W 85–83
W 79–72
L 67–68OT
2015 First Round
Second Round
Iona
Stanford
W 88–75
L 65–74

CBI results[edit]

The Rams have appeared in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) one time. Their record is 1–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
2011 First Round
Quarterfinals
Miami (OH)
UCF
W 76–59
L 54–66

Notable Players[edit]

Years Name NBA Team(s)
1946-1947 Armand Cure Providence Steamrollers
1946-1947 Bob Shea Providence Steamrollers
1946-1948 George Mearns Providence Steamrollers
1943-1949 Stan Stutz Baltimore Bullets
1946-1949 Ernie Calverley Providence Steamrollers
1946-1952 Johnny Ezersky Baltimore Bullets, Boston Celtics, Providence Steamrollers
1946-1953 Earl Shannon Providence Steamrollers, Boston Celtics
1970-1971 Claude English Portland Trail Blazers
1979-1985 Sly Williams New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics
1988-1998 Tom Garrick Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs
1998-2008 Tyson Wheeler Denver Nuggets
1998-2008 Cuttino Mobley Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Clippers
1998-2010 Sean Colson Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets
1999-2014 Lamar Odom Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks
2014-present Xavier Munford Memphis Grizzlies, Milwaukee Bucks

References[edit]

  1. ^ URI Brand Visual Standards Guide (PDF). Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  2. ^ Kourakis, Yianni (4 April 2018). "URI to name David Cox as next men's basketball coach". WPRI. Retrieved 4 April 2018. 
  3. ^ Goodman, Jeff (March 22, 2018). "Dan Hurley leaving Rhode Island, named head coach at UConn". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 22, 2018. 
  4. ^ "Rhode Island Rams Tournament History". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. 2009. Retrieved 7 February 2010. 

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