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  • Billy Baron’s amazing buzzer-beater… NOT

    Billy Baron’s amazing buzzer-beater… NOT

    After Marvin Johnson gave Niagara the lead with seconds left, Billy Baron hit a tough 3-pointer on the run for what looked to be the game-winner. But after official review, the shot had not left Baron’s fingers in time and was waived off. Baron, the former Rhody guard and son of former URI Coach Jim Baron,  is averaging 16.0 points for Canisius, who are 13-8 .

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  • Billy Baron transfers out of URI

    Billy Baron transfers out of URI

    URI Junior guard Billy Baron has decided to leave the Rhode Island men’s basketball program. “We wish Billy the best as he continues his college basketball career,” head coach Dan Hurley said.  “We think the world of him as a player and a person.” Baron played in 20 games last season, averaging 13.0 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest.  The 6-2 native of E. Greenwich, R.I. transferred to URI in 2010 after spending part of his freshman season at Virginia […]

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  • URI to introduce Danny Hurley Wednesday @ 2:20 pm LIVE on Cox Sports

    URI to introduce Danny Hurley Wednesday @ 2:20 pm LIVE on Cox Sports

    “We are thrilled to name Dan Hurley as our new head men’s basketball coach,”  University of Rhode Island Athletic Director Thorr Bjorn said in a statement released through the school’s sports information office. “Dan is a proven winner at every level and I am looking forward to partnering with him to build on the solid foundation we have in place. Our goals are to compete for — and win — Atlantic 10 Championships and advance to play in NCAA Tournaments.” […]

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  • Parise: 3 Key Factors for the URI Coaching Search

    Parise: 3 Key Factors for the URI Coaching Search

    1. Sooner Rather Than Later:  Final Four weekend is a popular time for AD’s to interview hot coaching candidates – but not in this case.  Look for URI to wrap up their next head coach before the Final Four.  URI has a plan and they’ve targeted their initial candidates.  Rhode Island is a very attractive job.  I can’t imagine URI will be turned down before landing their guy. 2. The Whole Package:  Rhody fans, if your favorite coaching candidate right […]

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  • 2012 National Prep Championships: Day 1

    2012 National Prep Championships: Day 1

    Cox Sports recruting insider Adam Finkelstein gives us the latest scoop from the 2012 National Prep Tournament. In above video, Notre Dame Prep plays St. Thomas More. The National Prep Championship is the culminating tournament of the prep school season.  The top 8 teams in the country, according to the National Prep Poll, are eligible to compete in this single elimination tournament to crown the national champions.   Brewster vs Massanutten Military Tiliton School vs New Hampton Hargrave vs Northfield Mount […]

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  • Five potential candidates for the URI coaching vacancy

    Five potential candidates for the URI coaching vacancy

    The last 36 hours or so have been a whirlwind since URI Athletic Director Thorr Bjorn announced that Jim Baron would be released from the remaining two years of his contract.  The search now begins for Baron’s successor.  Everyone has an opinion about who the next coach could be.  Some names tossed around, for my money, are on point.  Some are…well, absurd. A virtual unknown can always emerge.  But here’s my list of five guys who I’d expect URI to take a look at […]

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  • A-10 Insider DiSano: “Brighter days ahead” at URI

    A-10 Insider DiSano: “Brighter days ahead” at URI

    Cox Sports’ A-10 “Insider” Chris DiSano believes “brighter days are  ahead”  for  URI basketball. In truth, the days could only get brighter after the completion of a woeful season that saw the Rams finish its 2011-12 season with an 89-83 loss at Massachusetts. The Rams closed out the year with a 7-24 overall record and a 4-12 mark in conference play. One “brighter” event of note – Jonathan Holton was named to the 2011-12 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team,  selected by the […]

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  • Anthony Malhoit: “I was capable of this”

    Anthony Malhoit: “I was capable of this”

    Anthony Malhoit will be missing from next year’s URI Rams basketball team, as will Orion Outerbridge and Coach Jim Baron. Of the three – Malhoit went out with an effort he’ll remember with fondness. Cox Sports Tip Off Show talked with the URI senior after the biggest game of his life – scoring 21 points and grabbing 9 rebounds  in his final appearance in the Ryan Center.

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  • Finkelstein: URI needs to recruit a shooter

    Finkelstein: URI needs to recruit a shooter

    Cox Sports recruiting insider Adam Finkelstein likes URI recruit Jordan Hare, an All-Stater from Michigan who has given a verbal commitment. But the new head coach at Rhode Island is going to need to add some immediate help for a returning nucleus of Mike Powell, Billy Baron, and Jonathan Holton – particularly a perimeter shooter – with the remaining scholarship this year.    

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  • Jim Baron’s final interview as URI Coach on Cox Sports Tip Off

    Jim Baron’s final interview as URI Coach on Cox Sports Tip Off

    Though it was not official at time of the interview, when Cox Sports Tip Off Show talked with Rhody’s Coach Jim Baron prior to the Rams’ final game with UMass this weekend, it may have been the final interview Baron gave as head basketball coach of URI.

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