OU basketball: A look at Rhode Island

Who Public Bettors Like: Rhode Island.

Hurley becomes the first Rams coach to lead the program to two league title games, with Tom Penders (1988), Al Skinner (1997), Jim Harrick (1999) and Jim Baron (2007) each reaching one. Terrell is the focal point of a tough-minded team, and some of his best performances have come in big games, including his season-high 32 points on November 23 against Seton Hall.

The No. 25 Rhode Island Rams (25-6) defeated Saint Joseph's, 90-87, in which Andre Berry scored 18 points.

Dowtin is from Upper Marlboro, Md., and played at St. John's College High in Washington, D.C. Saint Joseph's piled up 47 points by halftime (the most in the opening 20 minutes against the Rams this season) to lead by seven, and still nursed a 70-65 lead on Nick Robinson's layup with 8:43 left.

"Coach drew up an incredible play", Dowtin said.

On Sunday, Davidson eked out a one-point win over Rhode Island to win its first-ever Atlantic-10 championship, and one former Davidson star was super excited about it. Stephen Curry was watching from home as he rehabs his tweaked ankle, and he took to social media to express his joy.

"I know some of the teams on the bubble probably aren't that happy with us right now, but we're playing for something", said A-10 rookie of the year Grady, who led Davidson with 17 points.

The Rams never trailed in the final 5:42, jumping ahead for good when Russell knocked down a 3-pointer from the left corner to make it 76-73. Dowtin added an insurance 3 with 19.3 seconds left to put the Rams up 87-81.

Davidson did manage a victory, beating Rhode Island 68-67 on Sunday. "I saw an opening and took a shot".

"But what we talked about is what it felt like on Sunday a year ago (in the title game), you know, landing (at the airport in Rhode Island) and having hundreds of fans".

Rhode Island will now wait to find out their NCAA Tournament seed and opponent when the bracket is revealed on Sunday night.

  • Rosalie Stanley