Rhode Island Rams men's basketball

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[2] 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.[3] The Rams play their home games at the Ryan Center (capacity 7,657) which opened in 2002.

Rhode Island Rams
2019–20 Rhode Island Rams men's basketball team
UniversityUniversity of Rhode Island
Head coachDavid Cox (2nd season)
ConferenceAtlantic 10
LocationKingston, Rhode Island
ArenaRyan Center
(Capacity: 7,657)
ColorsKeaney Blue, Navy Blue, and White[1]
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1988, 1998
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
1999, 2017
Conference Regular Season Champions
1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1946, 1950, 1961, 1966, 1968, 1972, 1981, 2018

Current coaching staff

Name Title College First Season
David Cox Head Coach William and Mary 2018
Kevin Sutton Assistant Coach James Madison 2018
Austin Carroll Assistant Coach American 2019
T.J. Buchanan Assistant Coach Rhode Island 2019
Vacant Graduate Assistant Coach - -


Rhode Island has had three All-Americans in its history.

Player Count Years
Stan Modzelewski21941 (second-team); 1942 (second-team)
Chet Jaworski11939 (first team)
Sly Williams11979 (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.[4] 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.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1961First RoundSt. BonaventureL 76–86
1966First RoundDavidsonL 65–95
1978First RoundDukeL 62–63
1988#11First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#6 Missouri
#3 Syracuse
#2 Duke
W 87–80
W 97–94
L 72–73
1993#8First Round
Second Round
#9 Purdue
#1 North Carolina
W 74–68
L 67–112
1997#9First Round#8 PurdueL 76–83OT
1998#8First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#9 Murray State
#1 Kansas
#13 Valparaiso
#2 Stanford
W 97–74
W 80–75
W 74–68
L 77–79
1999#12First Round#5 CharlotteL 70–81OT
2017#11First Round
Second Round
#6 Creighton
#3 Oregon
W 84–72
L 72–75
2018#7First Round
Second Round
#10 Oklahoma
#2 Duke
W 83–78OT
L 62–87

NIT results

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.

Year Round Opponent Result
1941First RoundSeton HallL 54–70
1942QuarterfinalsToledoL 71–82
3rd Place Game
St. John's
W 51–44
L 53–97
L 57–64
Bowling Green
W 82–79
W 59–49
L 45–46
1979First RoundMarylandL 65–673OT
1981First RoundPurdueL 58–84
1987First RoundFlorida StateL 92–107
1992First Round
Second Round
Boston College
W 68–63
W 81–802OT
L 72–84
1996First Round
Second Round
College of Charleston
Saint Joseph's
W 82–77
W 62–58OT
L 59–76
2003First Round
Second Round
Seton Hall
W 61–60
L 53–61
2004Opening Round
First Round
Boston University
West Virginia
W 80–52
L 72–79
2008First RoundCreightonL 73–74
2009First Round
Second Round
Penn State
W 68–62
L 72–83
2010First Round
Second Round
Virginia Tech
North Carolina
W 76–64
W 85–83
W 79–72
L 67–68OT
2015First Round
Second Round
W 88–75
L 65–74

CBI results

The Rams have appeared in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) one time. Their record is 1–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
2011First Round
Miami (OH)
W 76–59
L 54–66

Notable Players

YearsNameNBA Team(s)
1946-1947Armand CureProvidence Steamrollers
1946-1947Bob SheaProvidence Steamrollers
1946-1948George MearnsProvidence Steamrollers
1943-1949Stan StutzBaltimore Bullets
1946-1949Ernie CalverleyProvidence Steamrollers
1946-1952Johnny EzerskyBaltimore Bullets, Boston Celtics, Providence Steamrollers
1946-1953Earl ShannonProvidence Steamrollers, Boston Celtics
1970-1971Claude EnglishPortland Trail Blazers
1979-1985Sly WilliamsNew York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics
1988-1998Tom GarrickDallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs
1998-2008Tyson WheelerDenver Nuggets
1998-2008Cuttino MobleyHouston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Clippers
1998-2010Sean ColsonAtlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets
1999-2014Lamar OdomLos Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks
2014-2018Xavier MunfordMemphis Grizzlies, Milwaukee Bucks
2018-presentJared TerrellMinnesota Timberwolves


  1. "University of Rhode Island". Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  2. Kourakis, Yianni (4 April 2018). "URI to name David Cox as next men's basketball coach". WPRI. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  3. Goodman, Jeff (March 22, 2018). "Dan Hurley leaving Rhode Island, named head coach at UConn". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  4. "Rhode Island Rams Tournament History". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. 2009. Retrieved 7 February 2010.
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