The University of Rhode Island men’s basketball team continues to shine. In what has become a special season, the Dan Hurley-coached Rams are drawing national attention, always a plus in the run up to the NCAA tournament and March Madness.
URI is ranked 18th nationally in the Associated Press weekly poll and 19th in the USA Today Coaches poll. That puts Rhody on top of such perennial college basketball royalty as North Carolina (22nd in AP) and Kentucky (24th in AP).
If selection Sunday was this Sunday, the Rams, who face Davidson tonight, would be a lock. URI has 19 wins against just three losses so far. The other Rhode Island college team with a NCAA tournament shot is Providence College. The Friars could boost their chances on Valentine’s Day, when they host the nation’s Number One team, Villanova, at home at the Dunkin Donuts Center. An upset over Nova would be yuuuuge.