Rhode Island squares off against Nicholls St.
Nicholls State (2-2) vs. Rhode Island (2-1)
Thomas M. Ryan Center, Kingston, Rhode Island; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Rhode Island faces Nicholls State in an early season matchup. Nicholls State fell 75-65 at LSU on Saturday. Rhode Island is coming off a 93-79 win at home over Alabama on Friday.
LEADING THE WAY: Rhode Island’s Fatts Russell has averaged 15 points, 5.3 assists and 3.3 steals while Cyril Langevine has put up 11.3 points and 12.3 rebounds. For the Colonels, Dexter McClanahan has averaged 17 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.5 steals while Elvis Harvey has put up 10.8 points and six rebounds.DOMINANT DEXTER: McClanahan has connected on 26.7 percent of the 30 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 5 of 19 over his last three games. He’s also converted 66.7 percent of his free throws this season.
STINGY STATE: Nicholls State has forced opponents into committing turnovers on 29.2 percent of all possessions this year, the ninth-highest rate among all Division I teams.