Boston University (0-4) at Rhode Island (1-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 26th, 5:00 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Thomas M. Ryan Center (7,657) -- Kingston, Rhode Island. Television: None. Home Record: BU 0-1, URI 1-0. Away Record: BU 0-2, URI 0-3. Neutral Record: BU 0-1, URI 0-0. Conference Record: BU 0-0, URI 0-0. Series Record: Rhode Island leads, 21-11.
GAME NOTES: A couple of teams struggling to get their acts together in the early going find themselves facing off against each other as part of the Legends Classic at the Ryan Center today, as the Rhode Island Rams host the Boston University Terriers.
URI began the 2011-12 campaign with three straight losses against the likes of George Mason, Texas and Nebraska all on the road, but finally the Rams caught a break yesterday as they secured an 85-73 win at home in an effort to get on track.
As for the Terriers, they've yet to experience even one victory this season, the team coming close on Friday before losing in the closing seconds against Cleveland State, 63-62, as part of this tourney.
With respect to the all-time series between the teams, the Rams own a 21-11 advantage in a relationship that dates back to the 1916-17 campaign. The teams were members of the Yankee Conference as well as the ECAC North.
D.J. Irving had a chance to play the hero yesterday afternoon for the Terriers, but his three-pointer at the buzzer missed the mark as the team bowed to undefeated Cleveland State by a single point. Irving finished with 13 points for the squad, hitting on 11-of-12 at the free-throw line after missing all but one of his six field goal attempts. Darryl Partin led the way with 24 points and eight rebounds, his efforts on the glass matched by Patrick Hazel who delivered 15 points and five blocked shots of his own for a team that turned the ball over 19 times and shot just 28-of-44 at the charity stripe and 2-of-13 beyond the arc. Partin has led the team in scoring in all four games this season, but that's not necessarily a good thing since the team has bowed in all four decisions. One of the top scorers in the nation, Partin is putting up 23.0 ppg, followed by Irving and Hazel with 12.5 and 10.0 ppg, respectively.
The Rams found their comfort zone in their first home game of the season yesterday as they went from hitting 51.6 percent from the floor in the first half to an even better 61.5 percent in the second half as they cruised to the double-digit win over Hofstra. Four of the five starters scored in double figures, led by Jonathan Holton who dropped in 20 points, followed by Nikola Malesevic with 18, Jamal Wilson 15 and Orion Outerbridge 11 points to go along with eight rebounds and three blocked shots. The leading scorer in the first two games of the season, Wilson is responsible for 22.8 ppg thanks to 52.4 percent shooting from the floor, while Outerbridge accounts for 15.3 ppg and 7.3 rpg, but for someone who has the ball in his hands as much as he does, the fact that Outerbridge doesn't have a single assist through four games should be a concern.
The wind may have been taking out of the BU sails with the tough loss to Cleveland State so expect to see the Terriers have a harder time getting up for today's matchup as well.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Rhode Island 75, Boston University 66
11/26 10:41:13 ET