PC-URI Rivalry a Test of Friendship Between Ed Cooley and Archie Miller
RHODE ISLAND VS. PROVIDENCE – SERIES NOTES
Saturday’s game will be the 134th meeting between Rhode Island and Providence. The Friars lead, 75-58.
It is the fourth most games URI has played against any opponent, behind only Brown (163), Massachusetts (160) and Connecticut (143).
The home team has won each of the last five meetings.
Rhode Island is 6-3 at home against the Friars since the opening of the Ryan Center.
Last season, Providence won 66-52 behind 13 points and 15 rebounds by Ed Croswell.
While the rivalry has a long history, only three URI players – Malik Martin, Ishmael Leggett and Sebastian Thomas – have played against the Friars.
URI LEGENDS DON KAULL, JIMMY WRIGHT TO BE REMEMBERED BEFORE THE GAME
Former Rhode Island players Don Kaull and Jimmy Wright will be remembered with a moment of silence before the opening tip Saturday. Both men passed away within the last week.
Kaull – a URI Hall of Famer – was a team captain and all-conference selection during his career from 1964-67, helping lead the Rams to the 1966 NCAA championship field.
Kaull later spent 35 years as the color analyst for men’s basketball radio broadcasts, working with both Jim Norman and Steve McDonald.
Wright was a first team all-conference pick in 1981. From 1977-81, he scored 1,333 and had 773 rebounds.
MILLER, COOLEY HAVE ROOTS BACK TO TEAM USA
Rhode Island head coach Archie Miller and Providence head coach Ed Cooley spent time together as assistant assistant coaches with the 2015 Team USA U-19 team.
The two were assistants for head coach Sean Miller at the FIBA World Championship in Greece.
Also part of the staff was current URI assistant coach Austin Carroll.
Team USA won the gold medal with a team that included Jalen Brunson, Josh Jackson and Jayson Tatum, among several other future professionals.
USA went 7-0 en route to the gold medal, defeating Croatia 79-71 in the championship game.
Archie Miller and Cooley have faced each other two times previously. Miller’s 11th-seeded Dayton squad knocked No. 5 seed Providence out of the 2015 NCAA tournament.
While at Indiana in 2020, Miller’s team defeated Cooley’s Friars at the Maui Invitational, 79-58.