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  • 17 Apr
    Things get serious for both No. 21 Rhode Island and No. 24 Cincinnati this weekend.The ranked teams, both undefeated through their early tune-ups, square off Saturday at the Hall of Fame Tip-Off at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn.The winner likely will draw a Sunday matchup with No. 1 Duke, which opens Saturday against Penn State -- the only unranked team of the four. The losers also meet Sunday.Rhode Island improved to 3-0 on Wednesday night, fighting off local rival Brown 79-72 in a true rivalry-type battle.Playing Brown before we go to Mohegan was a great challenge for us, coach Dan Hurley said. I have great respect for (coach) Mike Martin and his program. This was the first time we were challenged. It was the first time we were in a tight game where we had to make some plays.Were happy to survive the game. Itll be good to get two days off before the next one.Cincinnati (2-0) was ranked in the 26th spot in the first hoop poll but crawled up to No. 24 this week.The rankings dont really mean nothing to us, coach Mick Cronin said. We try to get past that. We are thankful that we are ranked, but we try not to look at that little number. Cincinnati basketball is Cincinnati basketball, ranked or not. Weve just got to come ready to play.The Bearcats routed Brown 84-55, then earned a 74-51 victory over Albany on Monday in the second of their four tournament games. The Cats used a 21-4 run in the second half to put away the Great Danes.Tonight was a great game for us, Cronin said, especially with what weve got coming this weekend. We needed some resistance, some physicality, and Albany gave it to us. They really dig in on the defensive end. Theyre extremely physical legally in the low post with their body. It took us until the second half to adjust to that. We didnt play well in the first half, and thats because Albany made us look bad.Which is what Brown did to Rhode Island. But that common-opponent angle really doesnt work when you compare Brown playing on the road at Cincinnati and then hooking up in a local rivalry.We did not want to open with them, and tonight was why, Hurley said. Can this can be a real positive for us? Yes, but some guys have to accept that some guys played a little bit out of character for us tonight.The Rams easily disposed of Dartmouth and Marist, the latter as part of the tournament, before the difficult test against the Bears.After the Brown game, Hurley, clearly not pleased, left all of his players in the locker room instead of bringing two with him when he met the media. He called the defensive play of his guards pathetic.We shot damn near 60 percent from the field (57.7 percent) and we just got outhustled, said Hurley, whose team was outrebounded and yielded 16 offensive boards. 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BURLINGTON, Vt. -- The University of Vermont has canceled its womens basketball teams upcoming game in North Carolina over a state law that governs transgender bathroom access.The Catamounts were scheduled to face the Tar Heels on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus on Dec. 28, but announced the cancellation on their athletic website Wednesday night.UNC team spokesman Mark Kimmel told The Associated Press on Thursday that the Tar Heels were working to find a replacement on the schedule.UVM athletic director Jeff Schulman said in a statement that the cancellation was a result of concerns over the law, which requires transgender people to use the restrooms in schools and many public buildings that correspond to the sex on their birth certificates, rather than their gender identity.Schulman said the law discriminates against the transgender community.We strive very hard to create an inclusivee climate for our students and staff in which they all can feel safe, respected, and valued, he said in statement.dddddddddddd It would be hard to fulfill these obligations while competing in a state with this law, which is contrary to our values as an athletic department and university.Fellow America East team Albany had cancelled a mens basketball game against Duke in November.The NBA has moved the 2017 All-Star Game to New Orleans instead of hosting it in Charlotte, North Carolina, as originally scheduled because of the law.The Burlington Free Press (http://bfpne.ws/2bPSPGg ) reported that UVM and UNC had agreed to the nonconference game on March 29, less than a week after the law went into effect.---Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com ' ' '