Rhody’s 2017-18 non-conference schedule isn’t out yet… officially. But it’s never too soon to dive into what’s already known.
From what we know, the majority of the Rhode Island basketball’s 2017 non-conference schedule is complete. We’re all simply waiting on the schedule’s publication. And maybe a game or two that we don’t know about yet. Still, I think it is high time to take a look at the (known) opponents. Here’s what you need to know about each one:
- Providence. Ah yes, the heated Ocean State rivalry game. Rhody had better defeat the Friars at the Ryan Center this season before they alienate their local fan base. Kyron Cartwright is a solid talent, and PC certainly has some other talented players. But URI has all of the intangibles and experience they’ll need to prevail.
- Brown. URI has no need to fear the Brown Bears.
- Holy Cross. Even if the Ryan Center was empty and the lights weren’t at full brightness, the Crusaders would still lose to Dan Hurley’s team.
- Alabama. In a match-up between two potential Top 25 teams, the Rams need to be ready to defend John Petty and Collin Sexton.
- Iona. The Gaels are always a possibility to Dance, so URI cannot take this team lightly. Tim Cluess’ squad could very well be the team to finish at the top of the MAAC.
- Florida Gulf Coast. #DunkCity is the premier team in the Atlantic Sun, and they always put on a show. That said, the Eagles have flaws defensively that can be exploited.
- Charleston. CofC is a heavy upgrade over playing William & Mary. The Cougars have a history of losing to teams that can drain threes, and Rhody hopes to be one of those this season.
- Seton Hall (NIT Tip-Off first round match-up). The return of senior big man Angel Delgado is great news for the Pirates and not as exciting for Rhode Island. Delgado is an interior force and a monster on both ends of the floor He’ll have to be outworked and out-muscled by the likes of Cyril Langevine and the rest of the URI front court if the Rams want the ‘W’.
- UNC-Asheville. The Bulldogs may not measure up to the UNC Tar Heels, but they continually dominate the Big South. Rhode Island fans shouldn’t be worried about the front court in this game. Numbers don’t lie: UNC-Asheville isn’t that strong on the boards.
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