KINGSTON, R.I. — When you go back and research a coach’s rebuilding job at a school, there’s the inevitable first question.
Who were the first big time recruits to buy in?
But after recruiting classes are established, there has to eventually be progress.
“It’s great to talk about it and have good buzz, but eventually we have to show improvement this year on the court and that’s when people truly buy in,” Rhode Island head coach Dan Hurley told me in October at Atlantic-10 Media Day.
Saturday night was one of those nights. In front of a sellout crowd of nearly 7,000 fans at The Ryan Center, URI knocked off No. 21 Nebraska, 66-62, in a great battle that was shown on SNY. Students stormed the court after the win.