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FORDHAM


L - Nov. 9 at Texas State
L - Nov. 12 at Pittsburgh (NIT)
W- Nov. 13 Robert Morris or Lehigh (NIT, in Pittsburgh)
L - NOV. 29 MANHATTAN
W - Dec. 1 at Harvard
L - Dec. 4 at Lehigh
W - Dec. 8 at St. John’s (at Madison Square Garden - Holiday Festival)
L - Dec. 15 vs. Princeton (at Barclays Center – Brooklyn Hoops)
L - Dec. 21 at Connecticut
W - DEC. 23 SIENA
L - Dec. 29 at Georgia Tech
W - DEC. 31 MONMOUTH
L - Jan. 4 at Mississippi

NONCON FORECAST: 5-8

A-10 FORECAST: 4-12

OVERALL PREDICTION: 9-20



Whoever drew up this schedule should be fired! Way too many road games and just too many quality opponents. Unless Pecora has a much better team than I think, Fordham is not going to help the league's RPI.

Texas State gets a return trip from Fordham after visiting Rose Gym last year. Fordham beat TSU 81-70 but was not dominant. TSU, now a WAC member, is improving and playing at home.

Pittsburgh also looks to be much improved after missing the NCAA tournament for the first time in 11 years.

RMU (26 wins) and Lehigh (27 wins) are both excellent teams with more experience and more proven talent than Fordham. I expect the Rams to get RMU and, desperate for a win, ride Chris Gaston to a tight victory of the smallish but aggressive Morris players.

Manhattan (21 wins) beat Fordham like a drum - a nearly 40-point margin - last year in Manhattan. Rams want revenge, but Jaspers are too good and edge Fordham in the Bronx.

Harvard lost three key players to graduation and a cheating scandal from a 26-win team. Fordham upset the Crimson in Rose Gym last year and now do it on the road vs. a lesser squad. No such luck at Lehigh, whose star guard CJ McCollum lead the team to a dramatic upset win over Duke last year in the NCAAs.

St Johns barely got by the Rams last year, 56-50, in the Garden. A young Red Storm team this time cannot hold off the improving Rams.

Princeton won 20 games last year and has most of its best players back. The school has a big frontline that will be hard for the Rams to handle.

Connecticut will have its worst team in decades - new coach, lots of inexperience, short bench. Yet the Huskies still have enough talent playing at home to win. This is a winnable game for the Rams and would be huge if they could pull it off just because of the UConn cachet.

Fordham beat Siena in upstate New York last year and there's no reason they cannot repeat the victory. Siena will be much improved and return stellar bigman O.D. Anosike, who may be an even better player than Chris Gaston. Rams will need good guard play to win since Siena is strongest in the frontcourt.

Georgia Tech, which lost at Fordham last year, lost all five starters from a team that suffered 20 defeats. Yet Brian Gregory recruited an excellent class of players to replenish the roster. A winnable game, but the Wreck get revenge.

Monmouth is young and on the rise, but too inexperienced to beat Fordham at home.

Traveling to Mississippi is always tough for East Coast teams. Andy Kennedy might have his best team yet and is sure to win 20 games again.
 

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We are not losing to Manhattan at home. I also think we win at Texas State. The rest I agree with for a 7-6 finish. If we don't win one of those two, we win some other one, so still 7-6.

As for firing the person who put the schedule together, we pay him way too much and he just recently got extended. We are not going to fire him. ;)
 
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