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Rhode Island Rams vs McNeese State Cowboys: Five Keys to a Rhody Victory

Coming off a convincing win last night, it’s time for the Rhode Island Rams to do to McNeese State what they could not do to UMass Lowell… blow them out of the water. Rhody has a clear advantage this evening as they’ll be in search of their sixth win of the season against a much weaker team. Of course, the last time URI faced off against an inferior squad, they were only able to top them by 11. But the Rams are coming off one of their better games of the season last night, so here’s hoping the results are much better. Here’s what it will take:

1. Get a Running Start
While Rhody has been able to recover from their slow starts, it hasn’t made it any easier on players, coaches, and fans alike. Can URI carry over the second half of last night’s game into the first half of tonight’s? If so, the rout should be on. No more ties at halftime, please.

2. Keep Everyone Involved on Offense
Munford, Minnis, Biruta, Onyekaba, Matthews, Buchanan. You name it, they were a big part of the offense last night. A balanced scoring attack will certainly be key as the Rams enter the tougher parts of their schedule, and they’re certainly working towards it. Rhody could be a force entering A-10 play if they keep it up.

3. Generate Turnovers
McNeese State is not good at a lot of things. One of those things is hanging on to the basketball. The Cowboys are coming off a 16-turover performance last night against against East Carolina and are averaging 14 miscues a game. Rhode Island will no doubt be trying to expose McNeese State so they can get some run outs on the break for easy buckets.

4. Same Defensive Effort
The clampdown URI put on UNC Asheville in the second half last night was a thing of beauty. Dan Hurley will be hoping for the same tonight, especially when it comes to perimeter defense. The Cowboys certainly have the ability to score the ball, and the Rams definitely don’t want to find themselves in a shoot out. A duplicate of last night’s second half will work just fine.

5. Free Throws, Free Throws, Free Throws
All of a sudden, Rhody can’t hit them. URI is averaging 65.8 percent from the line over their past three games, and while foul shots likely won’t be crucial to tonight’s success, they will be down the road. An improvement in that department could help in eliminating some of the problem areas that the Rams still have left.

Of course we’re talking like tonight’s outcome is all but certain. But Rhody is playing their second of a back-to-back, so nothing is a guarantee at this point. Still, we’re feeling pretty confident. How about you? Let us know in the comments!

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