Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Rhode Island scored arguably its biggest win of the season on Saturday night without star guard E.C. Matthews.
But Matthews is targeting a return from a fractured wrist on Dec. 16 when the Rams host Charleston, he told Andy Katz of NCAA.com following the Rams’ 75-68 victory over Ocean State rival Providence on Saturday. Matthews will miss Wednesday’s game at Alabama before returning.
“He should be back for Charleston,” Rhody coach Dan Hurley told ZAGSBLOG.
The 6-foot-5 Matthews hasn’t played since a Nov. 13 loss to Nevada. He’s averaging 14.0 points and 3.0 rebounds.
Without Matthews, the Rams improved to 2-0 against Big East teams this season, following a win last month over Seton Hall in the NIT Season Tip-Off. Rhode Island has actually won three straight overall against the Big East, including a win over Creighton in the NCAA Tournament.
Daron “Fatts’ Russell scored 20 points in the Providence win, Jarvis Garrett had 15 and Andre Berry added 12.
Rhode Island (5-2) was picked to win the Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season title.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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