The #4 Buckeyes are playing in the Naismith HOF Tip-off this weekend at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. Coming off a fresh beating of Albany University, they square-off against a Rhode Island team that is 0-2 and facing an uphill climb in the Atlantic Ten this season. The Buckeyes spread the wealth very well in the first “official” game, after the cancellation of the Carrier Classic against Marquette, and took care of Albany relatively easy. Amazingly, the Great Danes followed that loss two days later with a 63-62 upset win at Washington on Tuesday evening. That tells us they may have been a better test than originally thought. Lets take a look at Rhode Island.
|School:||Rhode Island University|
|Founded:||1892, Motto – “Think BIG, We do”|
|Conference:||Atlantic Ten Conference|
|Stadium:||The Ryan Center|
|Head Coach:||Dan Hurley (Seton Hall)(first year)|
|Experience & Accomplishments||Prior to Wagner, Hurley had a standout career as head coach of Saint Benedict’s Preparatory School, where he built the New Jersey school into one of the top high school basketball programs in America. Dan Hurley is the son ofHall of Fame high school coach Bob Hurley and younger brother of former Duke and Sacramento Kings guard Bobby Hurley. His last coaching job he was 38-23 in two seasons at Wagner University.|
|Program History||Rhode Island Rams have appeared in eight NCAA tournaments. They have an overall 6–8 record in tournament games. Tom Garrick holds the Rhode Island single-tournament scoring record with 29 points in 1988.|