The Rhode Island Rams travel to face the St. Bonaventure Bonnies on Wednesday in what has shaped up to be an important early season matchup in the Atlantic 10. Rhody enters the game at 2-1 in league play after dropping one at Saint Joseph's on Sunday, while the Bonnies are one of only two teams (VCU) to start 3-0.
Ahead of that game, Chris DiSano caught up with The Bona Blog's Ian Nolan to break down some key things to watch for from both the URI and Bonaventure perspectives.
Although both teams feature premier forwards in Dion Wright and Hassan Martin, the spotlight will be on the backcourt matchups. Mark Schmidt's club gets a shade under 18ppg from both Marcus Posley and Jay Adams in the backcourt (to go along with Wright's 16.4ppg). Adams, in particular, has stabilized the point guard spot in his sophomore season, averaging 5 assists to pair with his scoring ability.
Rhody also has a pretty good sophomore point guard of their own in Jarvis Garrett, who is the engine that makes the Rams run. He is the main creator for a team that has five players averaging between 11.2 and 12.5ppg. While Four McGlynn is looked to for offense, Jared Terrell will be tasked with keeping the Bonaventure backcourt in check, as the Rams must continue to rely on their defense. They've done it recently, shutting down Shawndre' Jones last week vs. Richmond. And they did it last year vs Bonaventure, holding Posley and Adams to 5 for 17 from the floor in a 53-48 rock fight that URI won.
"It'll be interesting to see what those guards from Bonaventure learned from that game last year," said DiSano.