Rhode Island Rams men's basketball
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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 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. The Rams play their home games at the Ryan Center (capacity 7,657) which opened in 2002.
|Rhode Island Rams|
|University||University of Rhode Island|
|Head coach||David Cox (1st season)|
|Location||Kingston, Rhode Island|
|Arena||Ryan Center |
|Colors||Keaney Blue, Navy Blue, and White|
|NCAA Tournament Elite Eight|
|NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|NCAA Tournament Round of 32|
|1978, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2017, 2018|
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|1961, 1966, 1978, 1988, 1993, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2017, 2018|
|Conference Tournament Champions|
|Conference Regular Season Champions|
|1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1946, 1950, 1961, 1966, 1968, 1972, 1981, 2018|
Current coaching staffEdit
|David Cox||Head Coach||William and Mary||2018|
|Kevin Sutton||Assistant Coach||-||-|
|John Carroll||Assistant Coach||-||-|
|Vacant||Graduate Assistant Coach||-||-|
Rhode Island has had three All-Americans in its history.
|Stan Modzelewski||2||1941 (second-team); 1942 (second-team)|
|Chet Jaworski||1||1939 (first team)|
|Sly Williams||1||1979 (second-team)|
NCAA tournament resultsEdit
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. 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.
|1961||First Round||St. Bonaventure||L 76–86|
|1966||First Round||Davidson||L 65–95|
|1978||First Round||Duke||L 62–63|
#1 North Carolina
|1997||#9||First Round||#8 Purdue||L 76–83OT|
|#9 Murray State
|1999||#12||First Round||#5 Charlotte||L 70–81OT|
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.
|1941||First Round||Seton Hall||L 54–70|
3rd Place Game
|1979||First Round||Maryland||L 65–673OT|
|1981||First Round||Purdue||L 58–84|
|1987||First Round||Florida State||L 92–107|
College of Charleston
|2008||First Round||Creighton||L 73–74|
The Rams have appeared in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) one time. Their record is 1–1.
- "University of Rhode Island". Retrieved February 12, 2019.
- Kourakis, Yianni (4 April 2018). "URI to name David Cox as next men's basketball coach". WPRI. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
- Goodman, Jeff (March 22, 2018). "Dan Hurley leaving Rhode Island, named head coach at UConn". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
- "Rhode Island Rams Tournament History". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. 2009. Retrieved 7 February 2010.