On Sunday, Davidson eked out a one-point win over Rhode Island to win its first-ever Atlantic-10 championship, and one former Davidson star was super excited about it. Stephen Curry was watching from home as he rehabs his tweaked ankle, and he took to social media to express his joy.
"We have championship culture, championship DNA, and we showed it today", URI coach Dan Hurley said. The bad news for the Rams is that they have lost four of their past eight games.
"I think so, but obviously we won't know until he goes through his pregame warmup", said Gentry.
The Rams never trailed in the final 5:42, jumping ahead for good when Russell knocked down a 3-pointer from the left corner to make it 76-73.
On the season, Davidson averages 77.0 points, 32.8 rebounds and 17.1 assists per game. Dowtin added an insurance 3 with 19.3 seconds left to put the Rams up 87-81.
Rhode Island: As the No. 7 seed in the Midwest Region, plays 10th-seeded Oklahoma (18-13) and freshman sensation Trae Young at Pittsburgh on Thursday.
Who Oddsmakers Like: According to oddsmakers from online sports book YouWager, the Rams are 2-point favorites to beat the Wildcats, who also opened at many online books as a 2.5-point underdog. "I saw an opening and took a shot". The Wildcats had a four-game losing streak going in February, but since have won seven of their last eight games on their way to a conference tournament title. "One of our goals was to win the regular season and win the tournament".
Among them: A baseline jumper by Stanford Robinson missed, but Grady stepped out with 10.8 seconds remaining while grabbing the rebound.
Top-seeded Rhode Island (25-7), though, will be in the bracket despite coming up short in its try for a second conference tourney title in a row. While both offenses are hot, Rhode Island isn't playing much defense at the moment. This time it was Saint Joseph's with feelings of postgame disappointment.