Maroon Rams vs. Blue Rams tonight

Here is a preview of  tonights matchup between Fordham and Rhode Island. They need this one. For more click here.

The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 2nd, 7:00 p.m. (et)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Thomas F. Ryan Center (7,657) — Kingston, Rhode Island. Television: Cox Sports. Home Record: Fordham 5-7, Rhode Island 7-2. Away Record: Fordham 1-5, Rhode Island 5-5. Neutral Record: Fordham 0-1, Rhode Island 1-1. Conference Record: Fordham 0-7, Rhode Island 4-3. Series Record: Rhode Island leads, 31-22.

GAME NOTES: A pair of Rams will lock horns tonight as Fordham, seeking its first Atlantic 10 Conference win of the season, travels to the Thomas F. Ryan Center to square-off against Rhode Island.

Fordham has not won a game since a Dec. 22nd victory over Kennesaw State. What has followed is a string of nine consecutive losses. A-10 play has been particularly tough on the Rams. After ending the non-conference portion of their schedule at 6-6, the Rams have lost seven straight league games.

Rhode Island has give the Rams a better name, posting a 4-3 record in A-10 play and a 13-8 mark overall. These Rams have alternated wins and losses over their last four games and will look to rebound from a 64-54 setback at Massachusetts.

With respect to the all-time series, tonight’s matchup marks the 54th meeting between Fordham and Rhode Island. The latter Rams currently hold a 31-22 lead over the former Rams.

Fordham suffered its ninth straight setback on Saturday, falling 69-60 to St. Bonaventure. The Rams never gave themselves a chance, managing just 20 first half points to trail by an insurmountable 16 at the break. They shot just 24.1 percent in the first half and hit just seven shots. They managed to hit just 25-of-72 shots on the night. Brenton Butler provided the most dependable scoring touch, as he poured in 15 points and hit all five of the Rams three- pointers. Chris Gaston added 11 points and 11 boards, but went just 5-of-14 from the field, while Branden Frazier also scored 11 points, in a struggling shooting effort (5-of-15). Surprisingly, an underwhelming offense hasn’t been Fordham’s main concern this season. The Rams score 64 ppg, but allow 71.4 ppg on the defensive end. Perimeter defense has been the main concern. Fordham posts a plus-1.2 rebounding margin, but allows teams to hit 7.3 three-pointers per game. The offense places four players in double figures, led by Gaston and Butler, who score 14.9 and 14.7 ppg, respectively. Frazier adds 11.9 ppg, while Alberto Estwick rounds out the double digit scoring with 10.1 ppg.

Rhode Island trailed Massachusetts by only three points at the half, as neither team could find the touch from the outside. Over the first 20 minutes, the Minutemen shot 36 percent to the Rams 28.6 percent to lead 25-22 at the break. Neither team got in going in the second half either, but UMass outscored URI 13-1 from the free throw line to sink the Rams. Delroy James led the team in defeat, scoring 15 points, grabbing eight rebounds and handing out six assists. The productive assist total was negated by a game-high seven turnovers. Marquis Jones added 10 points on 3-of-10 shooting as the only other Ram to score in double figures. Rhode Island typically fairs better on the offensive end, scoring a respectable 68.8 ppg. James leads the team at 17.2 ppg and 7.7 rpg. Controlling the bal has been an issue, though. James has handed out 54 assists, but has committed a team-high 71 turnovers. Nikola Malesevic and Marquis Jones round out the double digit scoring with 10.5 and 10.2 ppg, respectively. The Rams have been unable to distinguish themselves in A-10 play due to a defense which allows 68.1 ppg.

Fordham is in desperate need of a win, but don’t expect it to come tonight. Rhode Island should bounce back with a solid offensive performance against a porous Fordham defense.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Rhode Island 65, Fordham 60

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