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By Monday at 9 a.m., all the way back across the country in Kingston, Rhode Island, the Rams players will return to the classroom.Yes, by academic adviser Kristen Casamento's firm orders. No missing school when there's a chance to go."They're going," Casamento said with a big smile while watching warmups from the front row of URI's section at Golden 1 Center on Sunday. "I know that they're so into everything that's going on right now and so excited but they are still students, and that's why it's a student-athlete. The student always comes first."(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli )After playing third-seeded Oregon in the round of 32, No. 11 seed URI had a 9:10 p.m. PDT flight scheduled out of California's capital to land back East at about 6 a.m. EDT. Time for a short nap, then it's off to class.Casamento traveled West with the team to guide studies and homework for the Rams _ even though they're on spring break.For senior Kuran Iverson it will be 9 a.m. in a class of first- and second-graders as part of an internship.There's no question those kids will be downright giddy to see him after the Rams reached the NCAAs for the first time in 18 years and won their first game on the big stage since advancing to the Elite Eight in 1998."And they call him 'Mr. Kuran,' so I told him, I was like, 'You have to go.' And he goes, 'I'm going to be so tired,' " said Casamento, who came to URI with fifth-year coach Dan Hurley from Wagner. "They love him so much. He's so good with them."Three others also had 9 a.m. classes Monday. If the Rams were to win, they would fly Tuesday to Kansas City, Missouri.During the conference tournament, three players on the Atlantic 10 champions took exams. Now, she was planning ahead from Sacramento _ just in case there's more basketball."We love the to-do lists so they know what's going on in each class. And so we kind of did that to prepare for this week and next week," Casamento said. "Oh I'm always planning. Always be ahead, 'cause you never know."
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