Rhode Island has beaten Valparaiso just once in four tries.
That lone win?
It came in the 1998 NCAA tournament to lift the Rams into the Elite Eight. They’d return to the tournament the following year, but haven’t been dancing since. A second win against the Crusaders would be a big step toward ending that drought.
Alec Peters and E.C. Matthews will get most of the pre-game hype, but both teams have supporting players that are equally dangerous. URI’s Hassan Martin (31 points, 14-20 FG) and Jarvis Garrett (23 points, 4 assists) were gigantic in the Rams’ win over Belmont last weekend.
Similarly, Valpo’s Shane Hammink (39 points past two games) and Lexus Williams (26 points, 7 assists past two games) were crucial in wins against BYU and Ball State over the past week.
One thing to note if this is a close game late: Valpo has been the nation’s second best free throw shooting team thus far (83.6 percent), while the Rams have been in the middle-of-the-pack (70.4 percent).
You aren’t missing this mid-major on mid-major gem, right? Here’s how to watch that and the rest of Tuesday’s action:
Charleston Southern vs. Alabama, SEC Network, 7:00 p.m.
UT Arlington vs. Texas, Longhorn Network, 8:00 p.m.
Tulane vs. New Orleans, College Extra, 8:00 p.m.
Southern Nazarene vs. Wichita State, College Extra, 8:00 p.m.
Long Beach State vs. Kansas, College Extra, 8:00 p.m.
North Dakota State vs. Xavier, FS1, 6:30 p.m.
Delaware State vs. St. John’s, FS2, 6:30 p.m.
Northern Colorado vs. Oklahoma, FSN Affiliates, 8:00 p.m.
Buffalo vs. Creighton, FS1, 8:30 p.m.
Princeton vs. VCU, 7:00 p.m.
Villanova vs. Penn, CSN Philadelphia, 7:00 p.m.
Notre Dame College vs. Bowling Green, 7:00 p.m.
Hampton vs. East Carolina, 7:00 p.m.
Ave Maria vs. FGCU, 7:00 p.m.
William & Mary vs. Central Michigan, 7:00 p.m.
North Carolina A&T vs. UNC Greensboro, 7:00 p.m.
IU Kokomo vs. Ball State, 7:00 p.m.
Rhode Island vs. Valparaiso, 8:00 p.m.
Murray State vs. Southern Illinois, 8:00 p.m.
SEC Network +
Tennessee State vs. Vanderbilt, 8:00 p.m.
USC Upstate vs. Auburn, 8:00 p.m.
Union vs. Colgate, 7:00 p.m.
Western Illinois vs. American, 7:30 p.m.
Pacific vs. Nevada, 10:00 p.m.
Ivy League Digital Network
George Washington vs. Harvard, 7:00 p.m.
Hofstra vs. Columbia, 7:00 p.m.
Big South Network
Coker vs. Gardner-Webb, 7:00 p.m.
Brevard vs. UNC Asheville, 7:00 p.m.
Central Penn vs. Liberty, 7:00 p.m.
Davidson vs. Mercer, 7:00 p.m.
Mars Hill vs. Wofford, 7:00 p.m.
OVC Digital Network
Lipscomb vs. Belmont, 8:00 p.m.
FAU vs. UT Martin, 8:30 p.m.
Lamar vs. Idaho State, 9:00 p.m.
San Jose State vs. Idaho, 10:00 p.m.