Princeton (3-5) vs. Fordham (1-8)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 15, 2:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Barclays Center (18,103) -- Brooklyn, New York. Television: YES. Home Record: Princeton 0-3, Fordham 0-1. Away Record: Princeton 3-2, Fordham 0-5. Neutral Record: Princeton 0-0, Fordham 1-2. Conference Record: Princeton 0-0, Fordham 0-0. Series Record: Princeton leads, 17-11.
GAME NOTES: Playing in the borough of Brooklyn for the first time since 1985, the Fordham Rams use the opportunity to tangle with the Princeton Tigers in non-conference action at the new Barclays Center on Saturday afternoon.
The first month of the 2012-13 campaign has been disastrous for the Rams, the team winning just one of nine games thus far. Since defeating another Ivy League foe in Penn in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania back on Nov. 19 by a mere two points, Fordham has fallen in five straight. Last weekend, the team was tripped up by St. John's in a 58-47 decision, the lowest-scoring game of the season to this point for the Rams.
As for the Tigers, they might actually be better off away from home right now, considering the team has lost all three dates so far at Jadwin Gym. A week ago the team hosted Drexel, seeking back-to-back wins for the first time this season, but Princeton was denied as it bowed in a 64-57 final.
A relationship that dates back more than a century, the Tigers own a 17-11 advantage in the all-time series between the squads, thanks in part to a 73-61 victory in the most recent matchup in 2008 at Rose Hill Gym.
This game tips off a triple-header at the Barclays Center with St. Francis-NY taking on St. John's in the middle of the day, while West Virginia and third- ranked Michigan close out the night.
Against Drexel last weekend the Tigers led by as many as 13 points late in the first half, but that was before the Dragons lit up the scoreboard with 63.2 percent shooting from the floor in the second half, a perfect 3-of-3 behind the three-point line and 12-of-13 at the charity stripe. Ian Hummer filled in his stat line with 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the hosts, followed by Clay Wilson and Will Barrett with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Hummer, Princeton's leading scorer four times already this season, remains the only double-digit scorer on the roster with his 15.0 ppg, although his mere 55.9 percent accuracy at the free-throw line has kept him from pushing the team to possibly more victories. As a group, the Tigers are averaging less than 10 made free throws per contest, which is why they are generating a mere 57.6 ppg.
By holding the Red Storm to just 27.3 percent shooting from the field in the first half of their game last week, the Rams gave themselves a fighting chance for the upset, but that was before the squad converted a mere 8-of-38 (.211) from the floor after intermission, en route to the double-digit loss. Ryan Canty did all he could to prevent the setback, recording a healthy double- double with 15 points and a game-high 16 rebounds before fouling out, while Branden Frazier contributed 12 points and Jeffrey Short six and 11 boards off the bench. Fordham registered a 54-40 rebounding edge, only because both teams shot the ball so absolutely poorly. This team, now shooting a mere 39.7 percent from the floor and an ailing 29.9 percent behind the three-point line, has had a different leading scorer in each of the last three games, which isn't necessarily a good thing. Frazier leads the way overall with 15.2 ppg, but his meager 33.6 percent shooting is cause for concern.
Being outscored by almost 12 ppg right now, the Rams aren't giving themselves many opportunities to register wins and that will probably be the case yet again on Saturday.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Princeton 56, Fordham 52
12/15 10:31:57 ET