Fordham 87, St. Francis (PA) 67

The Fordham Rams opened their 2013-14 season with a comfortable win over St. Francis (PA) on Friday night at Rose Hill. Tom Pecora’s team used a big run at the end of the first half and into the second to blow open the game and coast to victory. Here are five thoughts from the victory. Continue reading “Fordham 87, St. Francis (PA) 67”

Preview: The Battle of the Bronx

The Battle of the Bronx is tomorrow night and it should be a good game between Manhattan and Fordham. The Rams are going to be without Chris Gaston after knee surgery, but there always seems to be a little bit of magic at Rose Hill. Jaden Daly is back to answer questions about Fordham prior to the match up. I also some for him about Manhattan.

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Season At A Glance — Fordham

This is the fourth of what will eventually be capsules for each of the NYC teams when I’m sure their season has concluded.

Team: Fordham

Record: 10-19 (3-13 in the Atlantic 10)

Season High: Back-to-back wins at home over Georgia Tech and Harvard

Season Low: Losing by 20 at Rhode Island with the possibility of still making the A-10 Tournament alive.

Really Good At: Blocking Shots — Fordham finished first in the Atlantic 10 in block percentage thanks to the play of Chris Gaston and Kervin Bristol (19th in the country in Blk%) down low.

Struggled With: Offense — Fordham was the worst shooting team in the Atlantic 10 and the fifth worst shooting team in the entire nation according to effective field goal percentage. It’s hard to have an effective offense when that’s the case.

Key Losses:

  • Kervin Bristol (defensive presence and solid shot blocker)
  • Alberto Estwick (three-point specialist who struggled a bit with his shot in 2011-12)

Key Returnees:

  • Chris Gaston, Jr., F (All-Atlantic 10 performer, 17.1 PPG, 9.9 RPG)
  • Devon McMillan, Fr., G (7.4 PPG)
  • Branden Frazier, So., G (11.7 PPG, 4.0 APG)

Outlook: Improving. I’m sure Tom Pecora wanted to make the Atlantic 10 Tournament this season, but small steps had to be made first at Fordham. Rose Hill came to life as the Rams beat Georgia Tech and Harvard at home and also surprised La Salle in A-10 play. The foundation has been built. Another year in the weight room along with the experience that McMillan and Frazier gained this season should make them better at running the offense next season. McMillan seems like the type of player that could have a huge jump in efficiency from his freshman to sophomore seasons because he’ll be able to score more at the rim and limit turnovers as he gets stronger. Ryan Canty and Marvin Dominique are going to have to help Chris Gaston in the paint next season. Gaston can’t be the sole player responsible for going to the glass. The offense seems like it could make a big improvement in Year 3 under Pecora, but will the defense improve enough to make the Rams a dangerous team in the A-10 next season?

Fordham struggling in A-10 play

Whether its the fact that Atlantic 10 teams have seen this before, the schedule has been difficult, the legs are giving out or something else altogether entirely this much is clear – Devon McMillan, Bryan Smith and Branden Frazier are struggling shooting the ball in conference play. After Wednesday night’s 102-58 loss to Richmond the three of them have combined to shoot over 50% just once in conference play (McMillan was 4-7 against Rhode Island).

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Stony Brook an AE contender and random variance

Wednesday provided three illustrations of different ways to win and lose basketball games. Stony Brook delivered a crushing blow to UMBC, 89-49. Fordham was on the other side in an 80-62 loss to Saint Joseph’s and Hofstra lost a heartbreaker to Northeastern 64-62 to fall to 0-5 in CAA play.

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Looking at Fordham’s foursome

For Fordham this season is going to come down to how fast three young players can develop and make an impact. Understandably that means the offense has struggled a bit through the first four games. Tuesday night against Colgate, a 79-69 win, was the first time Fordham had cracked a point per possession on offense all season. Still, four games into the season is enough to at least start getting a feel for the young guys.

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