Pre-game: Fordham vs. St. Louis in the Izod Center

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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 19th, 7:30 p.m. (et).

FACTS & STATS: Site: IZOD Center (20,000) — East Rutherford, New Jersey. Television: None. Home Record: Saint Louis 5-4, Fordham 5-4. Away Record: Saint Louis 0-5, Fordham 1-4. Neutral Record: Saint Louis 1-2, Fordham 0-1. Conference Record: Saint Louis 1-3, Fordham 0-3. Series Record: Saint Louis leads, 5-1.

GAME NOTES: A couple of Atlantic 10 Conference teams sporting losing records get a chance to play on the big stage tonight, as the Fordham Rams clash with the Saint Louis Billikens at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The Billikens are currently five games under .500 on the season and have had a lot of trouble keeping up with the competition on the road this year, losing all five true road games to this point. Last Saturday, the team was lucky enough to be home hosting Saint Joseph’s and managed to pull off a 67-51 win to snap a six-game slide.

As for the Rams, they’ve yet to win a single game in the new year and are trying desperately to break out of a funk that has turned itself into a five- game losing streak. Over the weekend, Fordham was handed a 71-61 loss by Charlotte on the road, which means the team is now 0-3 in A-10 play.

With their 75-48 win at home last season, the Billikens have now taken three in a row against Fordham and own a 5-1 record in the all-time series entering tonight’s battle.

Saint Louis shot just 33.3 percent from the field last Saturday when it hosted the Hawks, yet that was still good enough to earn the Billikens the win nonetheless, thanks partly to the fact that the team turned the ball over just five times. Dwayne Evans recorded a double-double consisting of 16 points and 14 rebounds, both of which were team highs for the Billikens, while Cory Remekun and Kyle Cassity accounted for 12 points apiece as well. Scoring points has been at a premium for the squad so far this year and will an average of just 61.5 ppg the Billikens are not only last in the A-10 heading into this week, they are 305th in the nation as well. There’s not a single double-digit scorer on the roster, with Cassity coming the closest with his 9.5 ppg, so it is a good sign that at least the defense is holding foes to just 62.8 ppg at the moment as well.

Brenton Butler was one of three to score in double figures for the Rams in their meeting with the Charlotte 49ers on the road over the weekend, coming up with 14 points, but he shot just 5-of-18 from the field in the process. Lamount Samuell contributed 11 points off the bench and Chris Gaston tossed in another 10 points to go along with a team-best nine rebounds, but it simply wasn’t good enough. Not only did Fordham shoot just 30.4 percent from three- point range, the team was also outscored at the free-throw line, 16-4. Through 15 games the Rams are generating 64.8 ppg, which is the second-lowest average in the conference ahead of only the Billikens entering the week. But unlike Saint Louis, the Rams do have some bona fide scoring threats in Butler (15.7 ppg) and Gaston (14.5 ppg), the former pacing the program in assists (61) and the latter rebounding better than anyone (11.5 ppg) on the team.

Obviously, considering the sources, expect a very low-scoring game, one that might not even reach into the 60s. Fordham certainly has the better offensive players and one of the top rebounders in the Atlantic 10, which should be enough to carry the Rams to victory tonight.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Fordham 58, Saint Louis 51

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One Comment on “Pre-game: Fordham vs. St. Louis in the Izod Center”

  1. Great blog! You should start many more. I love all the info thanks I will stay tuned 🙂

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