Our predictions for the 2013-14 Rhode Island Rams basketball season are in the books, opening us up to what should no doubt be a boat-load of mockery. The previews encompass only the games and opponents that we know so far… Rhody will play three additional games in the NIT Season Tip-Off against teams yet to be determined. So our prediction of a non-conference record of 8-4 means that if URI can just go 2-1 in those games, they’ll already be at the 10-win mark entering conference play. That’s if our picks are correct, of course… but it’s a good benchmark either way. Remember, this is a team that won just eight games a year ago. We’ve also projected a 10-6 mark in A-10 play, giving Rhode Island a 20-11 mark overall. Not bad, right? Here’s a full breakdown.
|Nov. 11||at SMU||Win||67-61||2-0|
|Nov. 15||North Carolina A&T||Win||78-64||3-0|
|Nov. 18||Metro State||Win||81-65||4-0|
|Nov. 23||UMass Lowell||Win||88-59||5-0|
|Nov. 30||at George Mason||Loss||69-61||5-1|
|Dec. 8||at Detroit||Win||81-71||6-2|
|Dec. 22||New Hampshire||Win||74-58||7-2|
|Dec. 28||Southern Miss||Loss||77-73||7-3|
|Jan. 2||at Brown||Win||71-58||8-3|
|Jan. 4||at LSU||Loss||76-68||8-4|
|Jan. 7||Saint Louis||Loss||69-55||8-5|
|Jan. 11||at George Washington||Win||64-62||9-5|
|Jan. 15||at La Salle||Loss||76-58||9-6|
|Jan. 18||George Mason||Win||70-65||10-6|
|Jan. 22||at Saint Joseph’s||Loss||64-55||10-7|
|Feb. 1||at Fordham||Win||74-68||12-7|
|Feb. 6||at VCU||Loss||74-59||12-8|
|Feb. 12||at Dayton||Win||65-63||13-9|
|Feb. 19||St. Joseph’s||Win||68-62||15-9|
|Feb. 22||at St. Bonaventure||Win||70-58||16-9|
|Feb. 26||at Massachusetts||Loss||78-67||16-10|
A few more notes: per our picks, the Rams will average 70.1 points per game, which is admittedly a huge jump from the 61.6 they scored last season. That’s nearly a nine point increase, but have you checked the roster this year? Rhody is deeper, more talented, and they’ve added several scorers into the mix. We also have them with 67.1 points allowed after allowing 66.4 a year ago. About the same. URI is expected to press more this season, creating more possessions for both teams, which will account for a bump.
So what say you, Rhody fans? Are we spot on? Way off? Somewhere in the middle? Sound off in the comments!