Basketball Gameday Central: Auburn vs. Rhode Island
Auburn Projected Starters
Scouting Rhode Island
Rhode Island lost its fifth-straight game to open the season to Loyola (Md.) 58-54 in overtime despite freshman Jordan Hare's eight points, 16 rebounds and seven blocks and Nikola Malesevic's 16 points and six boards ... for- mer Auburn guard Andre Malone is a senior on the Rams team along with 6-foot-10, 205-pound freshman forward Jordan Hare from Saginaw, Mich. ... Rhode Island lost its other four games to Norfolk State 67-55, at Virginia Tech 69-50, vs. Ohio State 69-58 and Seton Hall 60-55 ... Malesevic leads the Rams in scoring and rebounding with 14.8 ppg and 6.3 rpg while Xavier Munford adds 13.8 ppg and Andre Malone averages 10.8 ppg ... the Rams return two starters from last year's team that finished 7-24 overall and was 13th in the Atlantic 10 with a 4-12 record ... Dan Hurley is in his first year as head coach of Rhode Island and Bobby Hurley is one of his assistants.
Auburn-Rhode Island Series
This is the first meeting between the Tigers and Rams.
Tony Barbee vs. Rhode Island
This is the first time Auburn's Tony Bar- bee has coached against Rhode Island.
Auburn-Dan Hurley Tidbit
This is Rhode Island coach Dan Hur- ley's first season at Rhode Island after two seasons at Wagner where he led the Seahawks to a school record 25 wins. Hurley's former assistant, Bashir Mason, replaced him as head coach at Wagner, opening up a spot for former Auburn Director of Basketball Operations, Mike Babul, to be hired as a full-time assistant at Wagner.
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