On to the next one. The Rhode Island Rams will try to halt a two-game losing streak tomorrow afternoon when they head on the road to face Detroit. The Titans will come into this one at 4-5 on the season, with only three of their wins against Division-I competition. They’re just 2-2 at home (1-2 vs D-I teams), so the Rams should have a decent shot to pick up their first road win of the season. Here’s what will need to happen:
1. Build Off the PC Game
Results aside, the Rams played perhaps their best game of the season on Thursday night. Both the URI offense and the defense are starting to come together as the mid-point of the season is fast approaching. If Rhody can play the same – or better – tomorrow afternoon, they should be able to snag win number seven.
2. Get Someone Hot From Beyond the Arc
The biggest weakness for the Titans is quite apparent: they cannot defend the three. Last time out they allowed the Toledo Rockets to bury twelve three-pointers at an insane 57 percent clip. Rhody hasn’t been particularly strong from deep this season, but between Munford and Matthews, the weapons are there. Could Matthew Butler perhaps make an appearance tomorrow? Either way, URI needs to hit some outside shots to exploit Detroit’s D.
3. Control the Glass
From the biggest weakness to the biggest strength: the Titans are quite good at rebounding the basketball. They’re averaging 40.4 boards per game on the season, good for 40th in all of Division I. Senior forward Evan Bruinsma leads the way with a 8.4 rebounds-per-game average. Between Biruta, Onyekaba, and Martin, the Rams will need to stay strong on the glass to win the rebounding battle.
4. Stay Strong on Defense
Detroit is not a particularly good shooting team, so a defensive effort similar to Thursday should work out well for the Rams. The Titans rank 321st in the country in field goal percentage and 320th when it comes to shooting two-point field goals. In addition to the defense, this certainly makes controlling the glass all that more important.
5. Free Throws!
We’ve harped enough about the weak free-throw percentage in the PC game. But the fact remains: URI will need to convert from the stripe if they find themselves in another close contest. That could certainly be the case tomorrow night, so hitting the freebies needs to be a priority tomorrow.
All in all, this looks like a game Rhody should win, but it’s certainly no guarantee. Can they end the losing streak? Let us know in the comments!