The Rhode Island Rams, coming off a successful trip to Milwaukee, will be heading down to Washington DC this weekend to participate in the DC Holiday Hoops Fest. With a team bolstering four members from the DC area, as well as head coach David Cox, there will be a strong Rhody presence in the stands Sunday afternoon.
The Rams come into DC off the back of an impressive win over the low lying Milwaukee Panthers, 82-58. Jeremy Sheppard led the charge for Rhode Island, posting a season high 25 points, going 8-13 from field goal range, and 3-5 from three point range. Coach Cox sang his praises for the senior guard, saying that “he’s our leading scorer, leads in minutes, leads in shots attempted, yeah that guy is gonna be the focal point of the team.” Getting Sheppard going in this upcoming matchup will be crucial for Coach Cox, with the College of Charleston being known as one of the most fast paced teams in country, going into Sunday with a 7-4 record.
The Charleston Cougars go into Sunday averaging 80 points per game, while shooting 35% from three point range. Clearly, perimeter defense and covering the fast break will be crucial for Cox’s men if they hope to come out of DC with a victory. Coach Cox was quoted saying that he wants his guys to “defend at a high level, but also play their overall game at a high level, since these guys [Charleston] like to get up and down the court.”
Bench depth and athletic ability are what is going to determine the outcome of the Rams’ game on Sunday, with the Rams looking to close out the non-conference period on a high, ahead of their home opener for the A-10 on December 30th. Following the Cougars, the Rams return to Kingston just before Christmas to face in-state opponent Brown on December 22nd. That will be their final non-conference matchup, then they’ll enjoy a short Christmas break before returning to the Ryan Center to open up their Atlantic 10 campaign against Dayton on the 30th.