Davidson dancin' after beating Rhode Island 58-57 in A-10

No. 25 URI 90, Saint Joseph's 87: Rams advance to second straight conference title game | VIDEO

No. 25 URI 90, Saint Joseph's 87: Rams advance to second straight conference title game | VIDEO

The defending champion Rams (25-6) advanced to the conference title game with a 90-87 victory behind Andre Berry's 18 points and Fatts Russell's two crucial 3-pointers in the final six minutes.

Rhode Island won Saturday's game by a small margin of victory, 90-87, against Saint Joseph's.

The Wildcats have covered the spread in five of their last six games overall, are 5-1 against the number in their last six games when playing a team with a winning record, and have cashed in eight of their last 12 games following an ATS win (with one push mixed in).

Saint Joseph's wasn't as effective in turning points into turnovers - 6 points from turnovers, compared to Rhode Island's 14.

"Disappointing result there", Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley said.

Dowtin is from Upper Marlboro, Md., and played at St. John's College High in Washington, D.C. Saint Joseph's piled up 47 points by halftime (the most in the opening 20 minutes against the Rams this season) to lead by seven, and still nursed a 70-65 lead on Nick Robinson's layup with 8:43 left.

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For the first time in program history the University of Rhode Island will play for back-to-back Atlantic 10 Tournament championships.

"Whoever is going to draw them", Hurley said, looking ahead to the NCAAs, "is not going to want to see their name next to them".

Who We Like: Davidson's motion offense is rolling right now and the Wildcats' 2-3 zone gave the Rams' fits earlier this season. Shavar Newkirk led Saint Joseph's' team in scoring with 18 points, while shooting 50% from the field (making 7 of 14 attempts). "Being able to hit open shots, that's what we did".

Points in the paint were controlled by Saint Joseph's, with 40 points, compared to Rhode Island's 28.

Over on the Kentucky side, they're sitting at 24-10 on the year. March Madness is upon us as 68 teams have now punched their tickets to the 2018 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.

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