LIU Gameday Preview – Game 7 – Fordham

Fordham’s historical Rose Hill Gymnasium in the Bronx will play host to LIU Brooklyn’s game against the Rams Tuesday night. (Photo: Atlantic10.com)

Game Info

Opponent: Fordham Rams

Conference: Atlantic 10
Current Record: 6-1
Tip: 7:00 PM
Where: Rose Hill Gym – Bronx, NY

Broadcast: A10 Network – Free
Live Stats: http://www.sidearmstats.com/fordham/mbball/

About the Opponent

Previous Game: Win vs Central Connecticut State, 86-54
Last Season’s Record (Overall/Conference): 10-21/4-14
KenPom Rank: 110
Meeting History: 14th all-time meeting. Fordham leads the series 9-4. LIU snapped a six-game losing streak to the Rams in their last meeting back in 2010-11 season with a 82-70 win at Fordham.

High Scorer: Mandell Thomas, Guard, Sr., 16.3 ppg

High Rebounder: Ryan Rhoomes, Forward, Sr., 7.6 rpg

High Assist man: Joseph Chartouny, Guard, Fr., 5.1 apg

Starting Probables

LIU Brooklyn:

G – Iverson Fleming
G – Martin Hermannsson
G – Joel Hernandez
F – Jerome Frink
F – Nura Zanna

Fordham:

G – Jon Severe
G – Joseph Chartouny
G – Mandell Thomas
F – Ryan Rhoomes
F – Christian Sengfelder

Fordham Scouting Report

The Fordham Rams are off to a surprising fast start under new head coach Jeff Neubauer. They have started off the season at 6-1 and are currently on a six-game winning streak in which their last six games have all been played at home. Fordham only loss so far came on the road on the season’s opening night to UT-Arlington.

The reasons for their early success: 1. They are tied with Richmond as the top offensive points per possession team in the Atlantic 10, scoring 1.14 points per possession. 2. They are shooting the ball well with a 50.1% field goal percentage which is second in the Atlantic 10 and a 40.9% three-point shooting percentage which is tops among Atlantic 10 teams. 3. They are holding opponents to a o.84 points per possession, first among Atlantic 10 teams.

Two seniors lead the Rams in scoring coming into this matchup in guard Mandell Thomas and forward Ryan Rhoomes. Thomas is shooting the ball tremendously to begin the season. He is their leading scorer at 16.3 ppg and is shooting the ball at 48% from the field and 48% from three. He also leads the team in steals with 2.6 per game. Rhoomes is incredibly making 75% of his shots coming into this game. He leads the Rams in rebounds (7.6) and blocks (2.4) while he is second on the team in scoring at 15.7 ppg.

One player most people may be familiar with is junior guard Jon Severe, the Brooklyn product who played his high school ball at Christ the King High School in Middle Village, Queens. Severe is currently fourth on the team in scoring at 9.1 ppg and he is playing just over 19 minutes per game which both are a far cry from his averages from his freshman season. Yet, he is shooting 42% from the field and 37% from three while also shooting nearly 91% from the free throw line.

All five of Fordham starters are in their top five in scoring and have started every game for the Rams this season.

If there are any negatives for Fordham is that they will turn the ball over, they have a 20.2% turnover rate plus they tend to foul a good amount thus sending their opponent’s to the free throw line rather frequently. Yet, they have been very solid defensively to go along with their great play on offense to start.

What to know about LIU from their last game

– Junior guard Iverson Fleming is coming off a pair of very nice games in which he shot a combined 13 of 28 from the field and averaged 15.5 ppg.

– For the second time this season, LIU put up 84 points in a game which is their season-high. Against UMass Lowell, they put up a season-high 1.099 points per possession in 76 possessions which was their second highest number of possessions in a game this season.

– Junior Joel Hernandez finished with a season-high tying 16 points versus UMass Lowell, rebounding from a scoreless game he had against Dartmouth.

– Junior guard Aakim Saintil with his 13 points, 6 assists and two steals against UMass Lowell enters the Fordham game as the NEC’s top assist man at 4.7 assists per game and top steal man at 2.5 steals per game. Saintil is just one of two players on LIU along with Martin Hermannsson to have score in double-digits in every game so far this season. He is in the top 15 in the nation in steal rate at 5.4%.

– Freshman Raul Frias scored his first bucket as a Blackbird, a three-pointer vs UMass Lowell.

– With LIU shooting 12 for 26 from three against UMass Lowell, they have now move up outside of the bottom 50 in the nation in three-point shooting and are now 298th in the nation in three-point shooting percentage at just under 29%.

– Freshman forward Julius van Sauers missed the game against UMass Lowell with a high ankle sprain and will be out of the lineup indefinitely.

KenPom Prediction: Fordham, 81-67

Next Game: LIU Brooklyn @ Niagara – Saturday, December 12th. The teams have not meet since the 1998-99 season.

Comments

  1. LIU was quicker then Rams and they destroyed Rams trap. Trap led to a number of uncontested shots from the corner where players love to shoot. If LIU can destroy Rams trapping D what will Davidson, VCU Dayton do to it? On the other hand their guards not likely as quick as LIUs guards MAYBE. JN can’t use Zarko to handle other teams PG. Anderson hurt and Smith did not play would be better choices.

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