NIT Game 2: Rhode Island Rams

Where: Bryce Jordan Center

When: Tonight, 7:00 PM

TV: Fox Sports Pittsburgh

URI Rotation:

# Player P. Ht. Elg. MPG PPG FG% APG RPG
20 J. Baron G 6’3″ SR 32.5 17.2 46.4% 1.9 2.8
33 K. Seawright F 6’8″ SR 30.7 14.1 50.3% 2.2 7.6
5 M. Jones G 6’1″ SO 27.1 6.2 40.2% 3.9 2.6
22 K. Cothran G 6’4″ JR 27.6 13.6 48.2% 2.1 2.4
21 D. James F 6’8″ JR 23.8 9.9 49.2% 2.2 6.1
15 L. Ulmer F 6’6″ JR 22.7 7.7 50.0% 0.8 4.9
32 W. Martell C 7’0″ SO 17.0 5.4 61.3% 0.7 3.6
1 S. Mejia G 5’9″ FR 13.5 2.4 37.0% 2.1 1.1

Rhode Island is pretty much the same team when we saw them the first time. Baron’s the shooter, Jones’ the game manager, Seawright’s the inside presence, and Cothran’s the driver. They’re balanced, experienced, and completely driven by their offense (79.5 PPG – good for 10th in the country). They play at a significantly faster pace than the entire Big Ten conference (71.3 possessions/game).

Here’s a few links from the first game:

Some quick analysis from reflecting on the first box score. First, URI shot very well from the foul line (18-22 or 82%), which probably won them the game. They only shot 69.3% from the stripe as a team on the year. PSU shot very poorly, especially Pringle and Battle. PSU held a 40-32 rebounding advantage. Neither team has had turnover problems this season, and their were only 19 total turnovers in the first meeting.

It’s been reported that Jamelle Cornley will not play tonight.

If PSU wants to win, they need to make jumpshots (duh). URI is not good defensively, but PSU’s got tired legs. Pringle and Battle need to get going from the outside to open up the offense. Chris Babb will be a huge factor, too. He didn’t get to play in the first game. I’m not too confident that we’ll be able to slow down the Ram’s attack, so PSU must outscore the Rams.  Jones needs to hold his own against Seawright, everyone needs to know where Baron is at all times, and hopefully Cothran’s jumpshot will be erratic instead of cash like the first game.  I know we have the personnel to run with the Rams, but like I said, I’m worried about our fatigue.  David Jackson and Jeff Brooks are going to need to show up again with Cornley’s absence.

This is going to be a very tough game. I didn’t get any impression that we weren’t motivated ever against George Mason, and with a revenge factor against URI, I don’t think that’ll be any sort of problem again tonight. I wish I could say we’ll get a good crowd, but I doubt it. I’m expecting another 6K. Regardless, URI can score and I still don’t believe in our defense. However, I will always believe in Talor Battle. I’m calling another ‘talor-made’ comeback in the last 5 minutes tonight. PSU is a 1 point favorite, so I say we cover that. PSU by 3.

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