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One on One with Fordham Basketball Standout Chris Bethel

March 4, 2014

The Sports Cycle’s Donnie Dwyer talks with Fordham standout Chris Bethel (2005-2009) about his memories at Fordham, his professional career, and what he is currently doing in his life, being a part of a rebuilding program, and the Fordham family. Great to catch up with one of the best in maroon and white.

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

January 19, 2011

The Sports Network

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

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…