Opponent Previews: Fordham (1/27)

Opponent: Fordham Rams
League: Atlantic 10 Conference

Record: 6-14 (1-7)

Notable Wins: None
Other Wins: Richmond ( 7-13), Manhattan (10-11), St. Francis (9-12), LIU Brooklyn (9-13), Maine (5-17), Florida A&M (3-18)

Notable Losses:  Harvard (7-10), La Salle (9-12), Saint Joes (9-10) Miami (OH) (11-9)
Other Losses: West Virginia, URI, Florida State, St. Bonaventure, VCU, Rutgers, Duquesne, Davidson, Tulane, East Tennessee State

Team Stats:                       UMass                          Fordham
Points Per Game              69.8 (278th)                 61.5 (348th)
Rebounds Per Game       33.9 (Tied-268th)        29.1346th
Assists Per Game             14.9 (110th)                 12.9 (238th)
Points Allowed                 71.1    (147th)              69.1 (100th)

Starting 5:

Will Tavares: #0 Guard, 6’6, 205 lbs
14.5 PPG    5.1 RPG    1.4 APG    1.3 SPG    .4 BPG

Prokop Slanina: #24 Forward, 6’10, 225 lbs
11.5 PPG    5.0 RPG    1.2 APG   1.3 SPG    .9 BPG

Joseph Chartouny: #12 Guard, 6’3, 205 lbs
10.9 PPG   5.7 RPG    4.3 APG    3.5 SPG    .4 BPG     .358 3P%

Perris Hicks: #23 Guard, 6’1, 180 lbs
7.8 PPG    1.5 RPG    1.2 APG    1.2 SPG    .350 3P%

Ivan Raut: #20 Forward, 6’7 200 lbs
7.6 PPG    3.2 RPG    1.2 APG    .8 SPG    .347 3P%

Key Role Player: 

Tre Evans: #5 Guard, 6’2, 185 lbs
6.5 PPG    2.4  RPG    2.1 APG    .8 SPG    

Prediction:

68-64 UMass

The Minutemen look to get back on track and regain the key that was so vital to their success in the beginning of conference play. Looking to end a three game losing skid, they get a great opportunity to do so against the bottom dwellers of the conference who have lost six in a row themselves. Fordham features a balanced scoring attack with some European flair and swingman Will Tavares leading the way. Yet, the Ram’s most important player and X-factor is Joseph Chartouney, a scrappy guard who leads the country in steals per game. It is important for UMass to know where he is at all times in order to avoid careless turnovers. If Chartouney is able to disrupt the flow of the Minutemen’s offense and generate easy baskets in transition, UMass may be in trouble. Other than this, the Minutemen need a better start and to avoid falling behind by double digits by half. During the losing streak, they have dug themselves into holes that have been too deep to climb out of, so it is important to keep the game close and seize it in the second. This being said, I think they come out with energy and get the job done on the road.

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