Rhode Island Rams men's basketball
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|Rhode Island Rams|
|University||University of Rhode Island|
|Head coach||David Cox (1st season)|
|Location||Kingston, Rhode Island|
Ryan Center |
Keaney Blue, White, and Navy Blue|
|NCAA Tournament Elite Eight|
|NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|NCAA Tournament Round of 32|
|1988, 1993, 1998, 2017, 2018|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|1961, 1966, 1978, 1988, 1993, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2017, 2018|
|Conference tournament champions|
|Conference regular season champions|
|1941, 1943, 1946, 1950, 1961, 1966, 1968, 1972, 1981, 2018|
The Rhode Island Rams men's basketball team is a college basketball program that competes in NCAA Division I and the Atlantic 10 Conference representing the University of Rhode Island. The team is under the direction of head coach David Cox who was formerly Assistant Coach to Dan Hurley for four years at Rhode Island until March 22, 2018 when Hurley departed for another college head coaching position. The Rams play their home games at the Ryan Center (capacity 7,657) which opened in 2002.
Current coaching staff
|David Cox||Head Coach||William and Mary||2018|
|Ty Boswell||Assistant Coach||Northeastern||2017|
|Vacant||Graduate Assistant Coach||-||-|
Rhode Island has had three All-Americans in its history.
|Stan Modzelewski||2||1941 (second-team); 1942 (second-team)|
|Chet Jaworski||1||1939 (first team)|
|Sly Williams||1||1979 (second-team)|
NCAA tournament results
The Rams have appeared in ten NCAA Tournaments. They have a combined 8–10 record. Tom Garrick holds the Rhode Island single-tournament game scoring record with 29 points in 1988 during a march to the Sweet Sixteen. The eighth-seeded 1997-98 Rams, led by senior guard Cuttino Mobley, had the best tournament run in school history, making it to the Elite Eight. Six head coaches have led Rhode Island to the NCAA Tournament with four of them registering tourney wins. Success in basketball fell off after the 1998 season, with the Rams making the tournament in 1999 but losing in the First Round. The team has seen a new degree of success recently, qualifying for the NCAA tournament in 2017 and 2018, both times successfully defeating their First Round opponents and advancing to the Second Round.
|1961||First Round||St. Bonaventure||L 76–86|
|1966||First Round||Davidson||L 65–95|
|1978||First Round||Duke||L 62–63|
#1 North Carolina
|1997||#9||First Round||#8 Purdue||L 76–83OT|
|#9 Murray State
|1999||#12||First Round||#5 Charlotte||L 70–81OT|
The Rams have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) 15 times. Their combined record is 14–16. The Rams reached the NIT semifinals three times (1945, 1946, and 2010) with their best showing being runner-up in the 1946 finals. Seven head coaches have led Rhode Island to the NIT with four of them recording wins.
|1941||First Round||Seton Hall||L 54–70|
3rd Place Game
|1979||First Round||Maryland||L 65–673OT|
|1981||First Round||Purdue||L 58–84|
|1987||First Round||Florida State||L 92–107|
College of Charleston
|2008||First Round||Creighton||L 73–74|
The Rams have appeared in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) one time. Their record is 1–1.
|1946-1947||Armand Cure||Providence Steamrollers|
|1946-1947||Bob Shea||Providence Steamrollers|
|1946-1948||George Mearns||Providence Steamrollers|
|1943-1949||Stan Stutz||Baltimore Bullets|
|1946-1949||Ernie Calverley||Providence Steamrollers|
|1946-1952||Johnny Ezersky||Baltimore Bullets, Boston Celtics, Providence Steamrollers|
|1946-1953||Earl Shannon||Providence Steamrollers, Boston Celtics|
|1970-1971||Claude English||Portland Trail Blazers|
|1979-1985||Sly Williams||New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics|
|1988-1998||Tom Garrick||Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs|
|1998-2008||Tyson Wheeler||Denver Nuggets|
|1998-2008||Cuttino Mobley||Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Clippers|
|1998-2010||Sean Colson||Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets|
|1999-2014||Lamar Odom||Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks|
|2014-present||Xavier Munford||Memphis Grizzlies, Milwaukee Bucks|
- URI Brand Visual Standards Guide (PDF). Retrieved June 2, 2016.
- Kourakis, Yianni (4 April 2018). "URI to name David Cox as next men's basketball coach". WPRI. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
- Goodman, Jeff (March 22, 2018). "Dan Hurley leaving Rhode Island, named head coach at UConn". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
- "Rhode Island Rams Tournament History". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. 2009. Retrieved 7 February 2010.
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