Did we say the Rams’ next game was going to be Western Kentucky on Sunday, Dec. 13? Let’s try that again.
The University of Rhode Island released a statement Monday afternoon announcing that they have added a last-minute game to their schedule: No. 13 Wisconsin. The Rams will head down to the Kohl Center to play the Badgers Wednesday. Tip-off is set for 4:30 p.m. EST on the Big 10 Network.
This agreement for an additional game to both schedules comes as a result of the cancelation of the Rams Boston College game due to shuffling of schedules. That game was supposed to take place on December 5th. The Wisconsin Badgers were in search of another opponent to face since their home game against the Louisville Cardinals was canceled since the Cardinals were skeptical about the presence of COVID-19 within their program.
The Rams are coming into this game off of a 76-63 victory over Seton Hall, not to mention they won their two previous games before the Pirates, against the San Francisco Dons and South Florida Bulls. Whereas the Badgers are stepping back onto their home court following a 67-65 road loss to rival Marquette.
“I continue to be impressed with David Cox and his desire to play the best teams in the country at any time, any place,” Thorr Bjorn said in a statement. “His approach and belief in the program is allowing us to build something special here.”
This will be the second ranked team Rhode Island will be playing against thus far in the season. Their season opener took place in Mohegan Sun’s “Bubbleville” against Arizona State who was ranked No. 18 at the time.
In preparation for Wednesday’s game, the Rams defense has to be ready to cover D’Mitrik Trice, who has been 7-for-16 from behind the arc so far this season. He also averages 11.8 points per game. Another top scorer on the Badgers roster is Nate Reuvers, who put up 18 points in 29 minutes when they played Eastern Illinois.
David Cox and his Rams are ready for this matchup and will be entering the state of Wisconsin on a three-game win streak, hoping for a fourth. Freshman Ishmael Leggett was recently named A-10 Rookie of the Week and earned a career high of 11 points against Seton Hall, and also went 4-for-4 on field goal attempts. His presence on the court was crucial playing Seton Hall and surely will be come game time Wednesday.