Fordham improved to 3-1 on the young season with a 63-41 win over Saint Peter’s in the second day of the Johnny Bach Classic at Rose Hill Gym. Continue reading “Four Thoughts: Fordham 63, Saint Peter’s 41”
AMHERST, Mass. – In an instant gratification society, baby steps are not much noticed and even less appreciated, even if they take place on national television.
Beating a UMass team that has had trouble getting out of its own way of late 78-72 in overtime before a small, mostly grumbling crowd at the Mullins Center will not send shockwaves through the land or turn Fordham into instant NCAA Tournament or even Atlantic 10 contenders.
For much of his life, Ryan Rhoomes’ potential was soaring. That is, until something he never considered an issue became such an impediment his future was nearly waylaid indefinitely. Continue reading “Fordham’s Ryan Rhoomes And His Quest For Relevance”
BRONX, N.Y. – Sometimes a battle of contrasting styles can produce the most entertainment value for your valuable hard-earned money, and Sunday’s Richmond-Fordham clash at Rose Hill was no exception.
One one side, you had the Spiders, coached by Pete Carill and Princeton educated (he does have a B.A. in English from the place) Chris Mooney, who values the basketball and movement off it above everything else. On the other, you had Fordham’s Jeff Neubauer, who played for a guy named Speedy (Morris) and was schooled as a coach under John Beilein (including five years at Richmond), where confusing and baffling opponents into turning it over and getting easy points is one of the primary objectives.
WASHINGTON – Yes, Fordham was 9-2 and there were many positive signs under first-year coach Jeff Neubauer for a program that hasn’t won more than 10 games in a season since 2007-08, but putting the Rams’ resume under the proverbial microscope suggested they might be due for a bit of a comeuppance in their Atlantic 10 opener at George Washington Sunday night.
Consider that Fordham’s non-conference strength of schedule ranked 351st, dead last in Division I. All of its wins were at home, and none came against an opponent currently higher than No. 240 (St. John’s) in KenPom. The trip to the nation’s capital was the Rams’ first true road game since Nov. 14 and they weren’t exactly taking on a cupcake (not that there are many of those in the A-10, but even relatively).
First year head coach Jeff Neubauer has emphasized defense at Fordham and through nine games it has paid off. Continue reading “Fordham Finding Their Defensive Identity Under Jeff Neubauer”
Any potential scientific experiment needs a problem statement and Tuesday night at Rose Hill, it was pretty simple to concoct one: Is Fordham good?
Of course, then you need a hypothesis, and I went with a yes, although a little hesitantly. Fordham was indeed 6-1 and went to 7-1 with a hard-fought 89-84 overtime victory over city rival LIU Brooklyn (4-3). That alone is cause for celebration on campus. After all, the Rams only won seven games total in 2010-11 and 2012-13. They won just 10 each in Tom Pecora’s other three seasons, and he was fired after posted a 44-106 mark.
It’s not only likely, but probable that Jeff Neubauer will start his Fordham career 9-1 after beating two of the worst teams in Division I, Coppin St. and Maine (Fordham’s next two games), and then could match Pecora’s high for a campaign at the Barclays Center on Dec. 22 against Boston College, some two weeks before the former Eastern Kentucky coach even makes his Atlantic-10 debut.
For one night at least, Fordham owned the New York City college basketball scene. Continue reading “Fordham 73, St. John’s 57: Rhoomes & Thomas Lead the Rams”
For the first time at Rose Hill Gym this season under first year head coach Jeff Neubauer, Fordham trailed in a game. Continue reading “Fordham 87, Manhattan 64: Rams Flying High In The Bronx”
Senior Mandell Thomas has seen plenty of struggles in his three seasons at Fordham, but his new head coach Jeff Neubauer wants to wipe the slate clean. Continue reading “Mandell Thomas Embracing New Style In Senior Season”