By BRENDAN McGAIR
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ Welcome to the Ryan Center, where the Friars and Rams will renew their college hoops rivalry at 8 p.m. Game will be shown on CBS College Sports (click here for the story that ran in todayâ€™s paper regarding that: http://pawtuckettimes.com/content/national-spotlight-shines-tonights-pc-...
A few pregame notes to pass along:
Rhody head coach Dan Hurley will not have Mike Powell available Thursday, as it was announced that the junior guard was suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules. Powell has appeared in all nine games for the Rams (seven starts). Heâ€™s averaging 2.6 points and 1.6 rebounds in 15 minutes.
Conversely, the hope is that Rams will have the services Mike Aaman. How much the sophomore forward provides against a rugged PC frontline could prove crucial. Aaman has sat out the last four games after having an appendectomy when Rhody was out in Arizona 2 Â˝ weeks ago.
Gilvydas Biruta is certainly stranger to the Friars. The URI junior went up against PC three times during his two-year stint at Rutgers.
Here are Birutaâ€™s totals against Providence:
Jan. 8, 2011: 13 points, 7 rebounds
Jan. 5, 2011: 21 points, 6 rebounds
Feb. 1, 2012: 13 points, 11 rebounds
Depending on who you believe, tonight is the 124th meeting between the Friars and Rams (thatâ€™s what PC believes). Conversely, the Rams are saying the two schools are meeting for the 126th time.
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