It’s. Finally. Here. ….kind of. The Rhode Island Rams will play their first and only “non-secret” exhibition game tomorrow night as they take on the Southern Connecticut State Owls. Sure, it doesn’t count. But Rhody hoops, wheeeeeee!!
For what it’s worth, SCSU will be playing their second and final exhibition of their preseason. The Owls were predictably waxed by the UConn Huskies yesterday, falling 93-65 in Storrs, CT. Here’s a little more info on URI’s D-II opponent.
2012-13 Record: 17-10 (14-8 in the Northeast-10)
Key Losses: F Trevon Hamlet, G Rashamell Vereen
Key Returners: G Greg Langston, G Tylon Smith, G Luke Houston
Player to Watch: G Greg Langston
It’s hard to imagine a Division II player giving Rhody trouble, but Langston looks to be the real deal. The 6’3″ senior averaged 16.3 points per game a season ago, scoring in double-figures in 22 of his 27 contests. He was efficient with the basketball too; Langston shot 47.5 percent from the field and 34.9 percent from three-point range. He also tallied 5.9 rebounds per game in 2012-13, good for his second-straight All-Northeast-10 Conference selection. At 6’3″, he might not give the Rams a ton of trouble on the boards, but Langston should certainly provide a nice test for the URI defense.
Prediction: Rhode Island 91 – Southern Connecticut State 68
So this one probably won’t be close. In the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t really matter. The Rams are just going to use this opportunity to run some plays, get some of the freshmen some live game action, and refine their defense. The main goal has to be to get ready for Maine and beyond… nothing more. If they blow them out, it will just be a bonus.
Enjoy the bonus.