Rhode Island faces La Salle in A10 tourney
No. 9 seed La Salle (10-20, 8-10) vs. No. 8 seed Rhode Island (16-14, 9-9)
Atlantic 10 Conference Tourney Second Round, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York; Thursday, 11 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: La Salle is set to take on Rhode Island in the second round of the A10 tournament. The only meeting between the teams this season came on Jan. 19, when the Rams shot 57.1 percent from the field while holding La Salle to just 35.4 percent en route to a 78-67 victory.
SUPER SENIORS: La Salle’s Pookie Powell, Isiah Deas and Traci Carter have combined to score 46 percent of all Explorers points this season.
CREATING OFFENSE: Fatts Russell has either made or assisted on 44 percent of all Rhode Island field goals over the last three games. Russell has accounted for 31 field goals and 13 assists in those games.
YET TO WIN: The Rams are 0-9 when they score 63 points or fewer and 16-5 when they exceed 63 points. The Explorers are 0-13 when allowing 75 or more points and 10-7 on the season, otherwise.
ASSIST DISTRIBUTION: The Explorers have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Rams. Rhode Island has an assist on 42 of 99 field goals (42.4 percent) across its past three matchups while La Salle has assists on 33 of 55 field goals (60 percent) during its past three games.
DID YOU KNOW: Rhode Island has attempted the second-most free throws among all A10 teams. The Rams have averaged 21.5 foul shots per game this season.