Battle of the Bronx Preview Between Fordham and Manhattan

The Battle of the Bronx starts tonight. Wednesday’s game will be the 103rd meeting between the Rams and the Jaspers on the hardwood. Manhattan leads the all-time series, 53-49, and has won the past two matchups, including a 68-44 win in the Draddy Gymnasium last November.

Prior to the game, Fordham will honor the late Freddy “Freddy Sez” Schuman and former baseball coach Gil McDougald with a moment of silence. Schuman, who passed away in October, was a fixture at both Fordham and Manhattan basketball games with his trademark frying pan and motivational sayings. McDougald passed away last week.

Here is some key preview notes before tip off:

It could be a good day for Rams basketball at Rose Hill Gym on December 8th as Manhattan travels to meet Fordham. Tip-off is at 7:00EST. The Rams stand at 3-4 overall. The Jaspers have a lousy 2-6 record.Fordham has the advantage in this game.

In terms of how the teams are performing, Fordham dominates in two areas and also edges Manhattan in a couple more. With a 63 pts/game to 57 pts/game advantage in scoring, the Rams can put more points on the scoreboard. Fordham also leads in rebounding, 40 per game to 33 per game. Last but not least, the Rams lead assists, 12 per game to 8 per game.

The Jaspers, however, are better with blocked shots, 4 per game to 3 per game.

Last year, the Jaspers played the Rams hard and won 68-44. Over four years, Fordham has gone 2-2 against Manhattan, including 1-1 at home.

In the end, we’re hoping for a win against the Jaspers.

To get you started with some adrenalin running through your body check out the time when Chris Bethel brough Fordham to a win against Manhattan in 07-08 season. Last year, Fordham got embarrassed. This year, they need to take it to the Jaspers.

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