Rhode Island vs Charleston Preview

Rhode Island vs Charleston
KINGSTON, RI – DECEMBER 16, 2017: Charleston Cougars guard Cameron Johnson (12) drives to the basket while pursued by Rhode Island Rams forward Nicola Akele (45) during a college basketball game between Charleston Cougars and Rhode Island Rams on December 16, 2017, at the Ryan Center in Kingston, RI. Rhode Island defeated Charleston 68-62. (Photo by M. Anthony Nesmith/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Tip-Off: Tuesday, Nov. 13, 7:00 p.m. EST

The College of Charleston men’s basketball team (2-0) is set to duel perennial Atlantic 10 Conference power Rhode Island (1-0) in a Tuesday, Nov. 13 rematch at 7 p.m. (ET) at TD Arena. The Cougars are looking to protect their 17-game home court win streak and avenge a 68-62 road loss at Rhode Island last season.

This will be Rhode Island’s first visit to College of Charleston. The teams have played once at the Ryan Center in Kingston, R.I., once at the Providence Civic Center (1996) and once in Toledo, Ohio as part of the 2K Sports Classic Benefitting Coaches vs. Cancer (2010).

College of Charleston won the CAA regular-season and postseason titles last season, qualifying for the NCAA Championship. The Cougars were 26-8 a year ago, marking their second straight 25-win season.

They are fresh off a 77-74 road win at former Southern Conference rival Western Carolina on Nov. 10. CofC will be tested in its next five-game stretch with the likes of Rhode Island, Oklahoma State and preseason Top 25-ranked LSU.

The Cougars currently rank No. 30 among NCAA Division I statistical leaders in turnovers per game (9.5 avg.), No. 33 in personal fouls per game (15.0) and No. 56 in blocked shots per game (6.0). Individually, Grant Riller ranks No. 15 in the country and leads the CAA in points per game (27.5 ppg). Jarrell Brantley also ranks No. 38 in rebounds (11.5 rpg) and No. 29 in blocked shots per game (3.0 bpg). He made a career-and season-high tying three blocks at Western Carolina on Nov. 10.

#10 Zep Jasper, G, 6-1, 170, RS-Fr. (10.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 34.5 min)
#1 Grant Riller, G, 6-3, 190, Jr. (27.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, 36.5 min)
#2 Brevin Galloway, G, 6-2, 215, So. (12.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.0 apg, 29.5 min)
#5 Jarrell Brantley, F, 6-7, 255, Sr. (16.5 ppg, 11.5 rpg, 1.5 apg, 32.5 min)
#23 Nick Harris, F, 6-10, 270, Sr. (0.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 0.5 apg, 13.0 min)

#11 Jeff Dowtin, G, 6-3, 180, Jr. (17.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 9.0 apg, 31.0 min)
#1 Fatts Russell, G, 5-10, 165, So. (21.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, 23.0 min)
#25 Christion Thompson, G, 6-4, 190, RS-Jr. (14.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, 24.0 min)
#0 Jermaine Harris, F, 6-8, 220, Fr. (4.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 1.0 apg, 19.0 min)
#10 Cyril Langevine, F, 6-8, 225, Jr. (8.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 0.0 apg, 23.0 min)

Sophomore Fatts Russell scored a career-high 21 points in the season opener against Bryant, his third career game with 20 points or more. Junior Jeff Dowtin had nine assists in the season opener against Bryant, his seventh career game with nine or more. Rhode Island is 6-1 when Dowtin has nine or more assists, with the lone loss coming to Duke in the Round of 32 at the NCAA Championship in 2018. Last season, Dowtin tied for second nationally with his 4.40 assist-to-turnover ratio. From 2016-17 through 2017-18, Dowtin was the only Division I player with 250+ assists and fewer than 65 turnovers.

All-time Series

Rhode Island leads 3-0 in the all-time series with College of Charleston. Last year, the Cougars made their first visit (L, 62-68) to the Ryan Center on Dec. 16, 2017 in Kingston, R.I. Each of the three contests in the series have been decided in single digits including a 62-58 overtime loss to the Rams in the 1996 NIT Second Round held on March 19, 1996 at the Providence Civic Center. CofC and URI also met in the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer (L, 66-75) on Nov. 19, 2010 in Toledo, Ohio. This is the first-ever meeting between the two schools in Charleston.


LINE: -2 Charleston

CofC currently boasts the second-longest active home winning streak (17 wins) in the country after going an undefeated 14-0 at TD Arena in 2017-18. Only South Dakota State (23) has a longer home-court winning streak in NCAA Division I. Others included on that elite list: Houston (16), Montana (16), Utah Valley (15), Buffalo (13) and Nebraska (13).

This game will be tightly contested throughout, but being at home Charleston does have a slim advantage.

If I were to bet this game, I would stay away from the small point spread and just look at the money line.

Charleston 77 Rhode Island 76

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