Rhode Island vs Providence TONIGHT: A Student’s View

Nov 30, 2013; Fairfax, VA, USA; Rhode Island Rams forward Jarelle Reischel (2), forward Ifeanyi Onyekaba (14), guard Biggie Minnis (10), guard E.C. Matthews (0) and guard Xavier Munford (5) walk on the court after a time out against the George Mason Patriots at Patriot Center. Mandatory Credit: Rafael Suanes-USA TODAY Sports

Thanksgiving break is over and we’re all back at school with finals looming around the corner. This weekend, for the majority of us, is the last opportunity to party without consequence before finals and the winter recess. Luckily, tonight’s basketball game is the perfect opportunity to get your weekend off to a great start.

In case you live under a rock or in Gorham (pretty much the same thing), The Providence College Friars are coming to Kingston where we will write the next chapter of the in-state rivalry! The SOLD OUT game starts at 8:00 p.m. and doors open at 6:30 for students. There are 1,500 student tickets available at the designated student entrance and they are going to go fast, really fast. I have heard students talk about getting there at six to get seats out of the nosebleeds. Oh… and there are free t-shirts! And I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like free stuff.

Rhode Island Rams forward Gilvydas Biruta (55) gets the rebound. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Rhode Island Rams forward Gilvydas Biruta (55) gets the rebound. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

This will not be just any other Rams basketball game. The URI – PC game is easily the hottest ticket in Rhode Island this time of year. Last year it sold out the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, so a packed Ryan Center is no surprise. Tonight’s game will also be televised on CBS Sports Network, being the first home game of the year aired nationally.

On top of the players not liking each other, the students don’t much enjoy each others company. A few years back at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Rhody Ram was jumped in the men’s bathroom by some PC students. Now I’m not saying go beat on someone, but with an entire section devoted to Providence students we as a school need to come in force and make sure we don’t give the Friars a fraction of an edge from their fan base. Basically be rude and obnoxious to the Friars, involved and active for the Rams, and LOUD for both teams. If you think you might get kicked out then you are doing something right.

I hope to see the Rhody student section full tonight for what should be the most exciting game of the season, that is until the A-10 Tournament. GO RAMS!

Topics: Basketball, Rhode Island Rams, The Ryan Center

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