National publicity beckons for the University of Rhode Island in its 2021-22 males’s basketball opener.
The Rams will host Dayton on Dec. 30 in a rematch of their Atlantic 10 match preliminary spherical assembly in March. That showdown on the Ryan Center kicks off an 18-game league schedule for URI, which was launched on Thursday.
CBS Sports Network will air the sport between URI and the Flyers, one in all 9 occasions the Rams will seem on a national outlet in convention play. ESPN and NBC Universal will decide up eight different video games, together with a Friday evening showcase on the Flyers on Jan. 28. ESPN+ will stream the remaining 9 league video games.
“It’s thrilling to be saying a full grasp schedule for this season, given the challenges we confronted final 12 months on account of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Atlantic 10 commissioner Bernadette McGlade mentioned in a press release.
URI faces the anticipated league preseason favorites roughly a month aside. The Rams host Richmond on Jan. 25 and go to St. Bonaventure on Feb. 22. The Spiders return a veteran roster that fueled a win at Kentucky final season whereas the Bonnies deliver again all 5 starters from a membership that swept each common season and convention match titles.
Home video games with the Flyers and La Salle precede the primary street swing of the season for URI. The Rams will play three of their subsequent 4 away from campus, together with a visit to regional rival Massachusetts on Jan. 15. The Minutemen hit Kingston for the return matchup on Feb. 5 and will probably be in search of no less than three straight wins in the sequence for the primary time since a run of seven in a row from 2012-15.
URI’s return matchup with Dayton at UD Arena begins a stretch in which the Rams play three of 4 video games on the street. Fordham hosts URI on Feb. 2 and VCU welcomes the Rams to Siegel Center on Feb. 8. URI loved one in all its best moments of the 2020-21 season in an 83-68 win at VCU and has captured three of its final 4 journeys to that venue.
The Rams observe by enjoying three of their subsequent 5 at residence, together with Senior Night towards Saint Louis on March 2. URI closes its common season at Saint Joseph’s on March 5 and will relaxation for a number of days earlier than touring to the Atlantic 10 match. Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., will host the occasion, which will probably be performed from March 9-13.
The Rams completed 10-15 total final season, together with a 7-10 mark in league play. URI closed with an 84-72 loss to Dayton on a impartial flooring, as VCU and Richmond shared internet hosting duties for the convention match. Makhi Mitchell (left knee) and Jeremy Sheppard (proper ankle) each missed that recreation due to accidents and Allen Betrand (left knee) suffered an harm in the second half that would threaten everything of his 2021-22 season.
Specific recreation occasions will probably be introduced at a later date. A neighborhood supplier — Cox YurView, for instance — might decide to select up any Rams residence recreation scheduled to be broadcast on ESPN+ and disburse it to a wider viewers.
Indoor masking will probably be required on the Ryan Center as a part of a university-wide mandate, however the venue at the moment expects to function at full capability.
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URI males’s basketball schedule 2021-22
Nov. 9 – Boston University
Nov. 12 – Bryant
Nov. 16 – Boston College
Nov. 20 – vs. Tulsa (Sunshine Slam)
Nov. 21 – vs. Boston College/Utah (Sunshine Slam)
Nov. 23 – at Florida Gulf Coast
Nov. 27 – Georgia State
Dec. 1 – at Harvard
Dec. 4 – at Providence
Dec. 7 – Sacred Heart
Dec. 13 – at Milwaukee
Dec. 19 – vs. Charleston (Washington, D.C.)
Dec. 22 – Brown
Dec. 30 – Dayton, CBS Sports Network
Jan. 2 – La Salle, ESPN+
Jan. 5 – at George Mason, ESPN+
Jan. 8 – at Davidson, CBS Sports Network
Jan. 12 – Saint Joseph’s, ESPN+
Jan. 15 – at Massachusetts, NBC Universal
Jan. 22 – George Washington, NBC Universal
Jan. 25 – Richmond, CBS Sports Network
Jan. 28 – at Dayton, ESPN
Feb. 2 – at Fordham, ESPN+
Feb. 5 – Massachusetts, ESPN+
Feb. 8 – at VCU, CBS Sports Network
Feb. 12 – Davidson, ESPN
Feb. 19 – at George Washington, ESPN+
Feb. 22 – at St. Bonaventure, ESPN+
Feb. 26 – Duquesne, NBC Universal
March 2 – Saint Louis, ESPN+
March 5 – at Saint Joseph’s, ESPN+
March 9-13 – Atlantic 10 Championship (Washington, D.C.)