Nov. 9, 2012; Kingston, RI, USA; Rhode Island Rams head coach Dan Hurley during the first half against the Norfolk State Spartans at the Ryan Center. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Rhode Island Basketball 2013-14 Schedule Preview: Recap

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.

Date Opponent Prediction Score Record
Nov. 8 Maine Win 71-58 1-0
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. 5 Providence Loss 77-69 5-2
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
Jan. 25 Dayton Win 77-63 11-7
Feb. 1 at Fordham Win 74-68 12-7
Feb. 6 at VCU Loss 74-59 12-8
Feb. 9 Massachusetts Loss 77-70 12-9
Feb. 12 at Dayton Win 65-63 13-9
Feb. 15 Duquesne Win 81-62 14-9
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
Mar. 1 Richmond Win 72-68 17-10
Mar. 5 Fordham Win 77-57 18-10

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!

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