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|Rhode Island Rams|
|University||University of Rhode Island|
|Head coach||Archie Miller (1st season)|
|Location||Kingston, Rhode Island|
|Arena||Ryan Center |
|Colors||Keaney blue, navy blue, and white|
|NCAA tournament Elite Eight|
|NCAA tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|NCAA tournament round of 32|
|1978, 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|
|1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 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. The team was recently under the direction of head coach David Cox, who was formerly Assistant Coach to Dan Hurley for four years at Rhode Island. The Rams play their home games at the Ryan Center (capacity 7,657) which opened in 2002.
The Rams experienced their greatest success by making the Elite Eight in 1998, pulling within 3 points of making their first Final Four in just their 7th appearance before ultimately losing to Stanford.
Current coaching staff
|Archie Miller (basketball)||Head Coach||NC State||2022|
|Duane Woodward||Assistant Coach||Boston College||2022|
|Austin Carroll||Assistant Coach||American||2019|
|Kenny Johnson (basketball)||Assistant Coach||Maryland||2022|
|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 guards Tyson Wheeler and 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 final. 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.
- David Bernsley (born 1969), American-Israeli basketball player
- Xavier Munford (born 1992), basketball player for Hapoel Tel Aviv of the Israeli Basketball Premier League
- Jared Terrell (born 1995), basketball player in the Israeli Basketball Premier League
Participations in FIBA competitions
- 1978 FIBA Intercontinental Cup: 5th place
- Color Palette (PDF). 2022 Rhode Island Rams Brand Guide. February 5, 2022. Retrieved March 19, 2022.
- Kourakis, Yianni (4 April 2018). "URI to name David Cox as next men's basketball coach". WPRI. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
- "Rhode Island Rams Tournament History". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. 2009. Retrieved 7 February 2010.