Game 27, 2019-20: at Fordham (2/22)

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Re: Game 27, 2019-20: at Fordham (2/22)

Post by JoleonLescottsHair » Wed Feb 19, 2020 11:43 am

Every game worries me- because, well, that’s what we all do- and this is no exception. It is on the road against a team sitting in last. Bad combo. And, Fordham has been right there in most games in their gym. In league play they lost to Duquesne by 5, Richmond by 6, SBU by 7, and they beat GW. They probably see in us a chance to steal a win.

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Re: Game 27, 2019-20: at Fordham (2/22)

Post by minutefanjsf » Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:03 pm

^
And we haven’t beaten them in a long time

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Re: Game 27, 2019-20: at Fordham (2/22)

Post by bobolink » Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:16 pm

^
They sure have been right there in every home game lately. Besides beating GW, they led Richmond for most of the game, took SBU to overtime and Duquesne was a 1-possession game until the last 10 seconds. Our last 3 wins are all comebacks. Can't rely on that vs Fordham's D. I don't think they have anyone that can stop Tre if he continues as he has, but if the little of them I've seen continues, they'll collapse inside and force outside shots. Yet somehow teams seem to struggle to hit from the outside when playing there. Expect a tough slog.

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Re: Game 27, 2019-20: at Fordham (2/22)

Post by bobolink » Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:28 am

Fordham will bring a 7-game losing streak Saturday, after another ugly road loss to LaSalle last night. The first half ended 22-19. Although LaSalle pulled away down the stretch, hitting 3 3s to open a lead, they were held to their lowest point total of the year, 11 below their season average. I didn't watch the whole game but it seemed like every time I tuned in Fordham was in a different defense and switched defenses within each segment I watched.

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Re: Game 27, 2019-20: at Fordham (2/22)

Post by LS71 » Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:49 am

Like most UMass games, IMO, this is test of UMass' resolve to establish itself as a good team.

It's about how they play more than how Fordham plays.

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Re: Game 27, 2019-20: at Fordham (2/22)

Post by 69MG » Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:56 am

They will be the smallest team we play in conference. Their starters are 5'10, 6'1, 6'3, 6'4 and Soriano, who is 6'11, 250. Off the bench they have 1 other big, Eyisi who is 6'9, 225. You would think that we could find a way to exploit them with size and athleticism of Walker, Diallo and Santos, but they find a way to play defense against bigger teams. They're only giving up 63 points a game in conference. I haven't watched Fordham so maybe it's pace. They average around 52 shots per game and we are around 58.

Has anyone watched them enough to know how they play?

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Re: Game 27, 2019-20: at Fordham (2/22)

Post by MikeUMA » Thu Feb 20, 2020 2:45 pm

Good points of analysis so far, guys.

Fordham is last in the conference in scoring, at 57.1 ppg, a full 10 points behind GW in 13th place. But they drag teams down with them, as their PPG allowed is best in the league, at 61.5. The -4.4 margin is only eclipsed by Saint Joe's at -11.3.

The PPG worst & best marks also extend to FG%. They're worst on offense (.378), best on defense (.406). In the #2 spot on D is SLU at .408, and we shot .466 on SLU the other night, led by out frontcourt trio of Tre/Preston/Dibaji, who combined to shoot .606. As 69MG said, maybe we can exploit Fordham's lack of size. The Rams are also last in the league in blocks.

On the flip side though, when our press breaks down on D it leads to a lot of easy baskets, and that shows in our league-worst FG% defense (.468). We gotta tighten that up.

We both struggle on the glass, but we're a little better on the defensive side than they are.

By person, Fordham's leading scorer is Jalen Cobb (6'1 185 G So) at 11.1 ppg. That puts him outside the top 25 in the league. He's their volume shooter, but just .346 total and .333 from 3. Leading assist man but almost a 1:1 A:TO ratio. Good thief though, 1.6 is 6th best in the league.

Chuba Ohams (6'9 210 F RS-Jr) is right behind at 11.0 ppg. He leads the FG% at .469, and the glass at 8.2 which would be 5th in the league but he hasn't played in enough games (13).

Antwon Portley (6'4 195 G Sr) adds 10.4 ppg. He played his first two at nearby St. Peter's. He hits .390 overall / .329 from 3.

Ty "Don't call me Madea" Perry (6'3 215 G So) adds 7.9 ppg. Best 3pt shooter at .362. Played at Woodstock. Bergeron was there in that 2017-18 season, yes?

Erten Gazi (6'3 205 G Sr) adds 7.8 ppg. The Cyprus native played his first two at DePaul.

Onyi Eyisi (6'9 225 F So) adds 6.6 and 5.6.

The aforementioned Joel Soriano (6'11 250 F Fr) only gives them 16.7 mpg, and picks up a foul every 7 minutes. 3.0 scoring, 5.0 glass.

At 1-12, Fordham shares last with Saint Joe's. Their one head-to-head is on 2/29.

With Mason losing their last two, we have a full 2 game lead on them for 10th place, and the Wednesday bye. We have a tough stretch to close out the regular season (vs VCU, at Richmond, at La Salle, vs Rhody), so it's pretty important to get this one vs Fordham.

And by the love of God, can we please beat Fordham? We've lost 5 straight to them, and just thinking about that makes me nauseous. Fucking Jeff Neubauer has a 5-0 record vs us, and Fordham has regressed since he has been there. His A-10 season numbers: 8-10, 7-11, 4-14, 3-15, 1-12.

While they have those 5 wins over us in the past 4.5 seasons, they haven't beaten any other A10 team more than 3 times (Duq & Rhody) in that same stretch. They've even managed to win 3 conference road games in the stretch where we haven't won any.

I seriously can't take another loss to them.

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Re: Game 27, 2019-20: at Fordham (2/22)

Post by 69MG » Thu Feb 20, 2020 6:14 pm

Ohams is out for the year I believe. Losing him has hurt Fordham and it makes them easier to defend. They don't have a big who is a major scoring threat.

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Re: Game 27, 2019-20: at Fordham (2/22)

Post by MikeUMA » Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:08 pm

^ Yes, you're right. I wasn't looking at current availability.
https://fordhamsports.com/news/2020/1/1 ... eason.aspx

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Re: Game 27, 2019-20: at Fordham (2/22)

Post by Berkman » Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:16 pm

SNOW. We are getting snow showers. Accumulation from a dusting to 1". That is about what we get here in Mooresville, NC for the year. Really don't miss the snow you get up north.

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Re: Game 27, 2019-20: at Fordham (2/22)

Post by 69MG » Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:31 pm

^
What snow? Don't want to jinx it, but this has been an amazing 2020 so far. Only had 1 game this year where the driving was even close to being an issue.
I'm sure you'll survive that mammoth 1" blizzard you're having.

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Re: Game 27, 2019-20: at Fordham (2/22)

Post by 69MG » Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:31 pm

This, from the Fordham "Game Notes" for Saturday. I guess we'll just have to wait and see who plays and how healthy they are.
Over the past few weeks, the Fordham squad has been bitten by the injury bug.
• Senior guard Antwon Portley was the first to suffer an
injury, injuring his leg in the James Madison game and
missing the seven contests before returning to action at Saint
Louis.
• Chuba Ohams suffered an injury during pregame
warmups in the La Salle game and has undergone seasonending knee surgery.
• Senior guard Erten Gazi missed four games with an injury
(concussion) before returning for the George Washington
game on January 22.
• Gazi then sat out the five more games with the injury before returning to action on February 16 vs. Duquesne.
• More recently, junior guard Ivan Raut has missed six games with an elbow injury
before returning for the game at La Salle on February 19.
• Sophomore forward Onyi Eyisi missed the Dayton game, returned for four games,
and then suffered a foot injury against Duquesne that caused him to miss the game at La
Salle.

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Re: Game 27, 2019-20: at Fordham (2/22)

Post by uz2b-len » Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:38 pm

Sounds like besides Ohams who is out for the season the only guy who is still dealing with an injury is Eyisi.
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Re: Game 27, 2019-20: at Fordham (2/22)

Post by 69MG » Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:40 pm

Raut only played 2 minutes so it's possible his elbow wasn't quite ready yesterday. He's averaging 17 minutes a game for the season.

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Re: Game 27, 2019-20: at Fordham (2/22)

Post by Roadtrip » Fri Feb 21, 2020 5:08 pm

Throw another monkey off the back. Fordham can join G. Mason, and St Lou.

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