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Rhode Island Basketball Notes: NIT Opponents Announced, Mike Aaman Hospitalized


A couple of notes on some news tidbits that have come out today:

 

  • With Rhode Island’s loss last night, they now advance to an NIT Season Tip-Off “consolation pod” to be held at the Ryan Center. The other participants in the grouping were announced today, so Rhody’s schedule next week has a much clearer picture. From GoRhody.com:

     

    Rhody will host UNC Asheville on Nov. 25, followed by a matchup with McNeese State on Nov. 26. Both games will tip off at 7:30 p.m. East Carolina is the fourth team in the bracket and will face McNeese and UNC-A at 5 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, respectively.

    Tickets are now on sale for both days (one ticket gets you into both games). For more information on purchasing tickets, click here.

 

  • If you watched the game on ESPNU last night, it’s highly unlikely that you noticed this. Mike Aaman was taken to a local Arizona hospital in the second half with stomach pains. ProJo.com has that scoop:

     

    Sophomore forward Mike Aaman was taken to the University of Arizona Medical Center late in the second half. He was experiencing severe stomach cramps during halftime and there was some concern he may have been stricken by an attack of appendicitis.

    Aaman’s troubles changed the team’s travel plans. The Rams were set to fly back to Providence after the game via charter. Those plans were put on hold while Aaman was evaluated over night.

     

    Aaman confirmed via his Instagram account that he did indeed have an appendectomy. There’s no word on how long Aaman will be sidelined, but obviously expect him to miss some time. The Rams may now be forced to go small until the sophomore big man returns as they’re left with only Gilvydas Biruta, Ifeanyi Onyekaba, and Hassan Martin in the front court.

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