Posted tagged ‘Rhode Island’

This will get Fordham Fans pumped before the game

February 2, 2011

Here is Bryant Dunston’s dominating performance against the Rams in 2007 with 29 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 blocks. Gaston is going to need a game like this tonight:

Maroon Rams vs. Blue Rams tonight

February 2, 2011

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

Atlantic 10 Pre-Season predictions and awards

October 26, 2010

Preseason Poll (1st place), Total
1 – Temple (19), 350
2 – Xavier (3), 325
3 – Richmond (3), 311
4 – Dayton (1), 310
5 – Rhode Island, 233
6 – Saint Louis, 223
7 – Charlotte, 218
8 – Duquesne, 172
9 – La Salle, 133
10 – George Washington, 130
11 – Massachusetts, 126
12 – Saint Joseph’s, 91
13 – St. Bonaventure, 80
14 – Fordham, 28

First Team
Lavoy Allen, Temple
Kevin Anderson, Richmond
Andrew Nicholson, St. Bonaventure
Damian Saunders, Duquesne
Chris Wright, Dayton

Second Team
Juan Fernandez, Temple
Chris Gaston, Fordham
Tu Holloway, Xavier
Delroy James, Rhode Island
Shamari Spears, Charlotte

Third Team
Chris Braswell, Charlotte
Cody Ellis, Saint Louis
Chris Johnson, Dayton
Lasan Kromah, George Washington
Aaric Murray, La Salle

All-Defensive Team
Lavoy Allen, Temple
Kevin Anderson, Richmond
Dante Jackson, Xavier
Andrew Nicholson, St. Bonaventure
Damian Saunders, Duquesne

All-Rookie Team
C.J. Aiken, Saint Joseph’s
Langston Galloway, Saint Joseph’s
Jordan Latham, Xavier
Rob Loe, Saint Louis
Juwan Staten, Dayton

…I think that these standings are perfect for the preseason. They really illustrate what it will look like at the end of the season. Being a Fordham fan, you don’t want to see them being last but it might end up that way. I really think that Temple, Xavier, and Richmond will lead the pack and get an NCAA bid. But there will be some surprises from the St. Louis, Charlotte, and Duquesne at the end of the year. I really like how deep this conference truly can be. They will once again be a multiple bid league and the recruits coming in year after year are becoming bigger and badder. I really like the direction this conference is going in and can see it being up there with the Big East, SEC, and Big Ten. Two players to look out for if you are into NBA stock is Andrew Nicholson and Kevin Anderson. Anderson has star PG potential and could possibly repeat as player of the year. Nicholson is a huge body inside who can block, rebound, and score. He is the leader for the Bonnies this year and his stock will be looked at by his play this upcoming season. Love A-10 basketball and let’s get it started…