Preseason NIT - Recap - Arizona Defeats Rhode Island 87-59

Preseason NIT - Recap - Arizona Defeats Rhode Island 87-59

The battle between Arizona and Rhode Island didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Rhode Island was handed an 87-59 defeat on Tuesday at McKale Center.

Arizona was a favorite by 22.5 points and came through with an ATS victory for bettors.

Nick Johnson had 20 points for Arizona and Brandon Ashley chipped in with 16 points. Nick Johnson had 6 assists for them, while Nick Johnson was the team's top rebounder, grabbing 10 boards.

Rhode Island got a 22-point performance from Xavier Munford, who was supported by 9 points from Biggie Minnis. Biggie Minnis had 3 assists in a losing cause for Rhode Island, while Gilvydas Biruta grabbed 6 rebounds.

First-half bettors who backed Arizona were victorious, as the score was 43-19 at the break.

Arizona had a 38-26 advantage in the rebounding department as they won the battle in the paint.