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Rams face UMass Lowell at home today

umasslowellJust how bad is the UMass Lowell basketball team, which faces URI today in Kingston? Out of 351 NCAA Division 1 basketball teams, the River Hawks are ranked 347 and Sports Illustrated says they’re the 322nd worst team in the nation.

The Rams, on the other hand, are ranked 106 and, preseason, Sports Illustrated has the Rams at 78. (PC is 61).

One advantage UMass Lowell has going for them today is they’ve already been tested. On Friday, while the Rams blew out Pace University 94 to 54, the River Hawks were getting creamed by 20th ranked Ohio State in Columbus, 92 to 55.  Freshman guard Jahad Thomas had 18 points.

Rhody’s never lost to UMass Lowell, boasting a 9-0 record against since the school changed its name in 1991. URI’s played previous incarnations of the school since 1921 – in 1940 the Rams beat Lowell Tech in Rodman Hall 83 to 38.

URI beat UMass Lowell last year, but it wasn’t pretty.

Tip off today at 2pm. More here.

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