Bronx, NY (August 26, 2008) - The 2008-09 Fordham University men's basketball schedule has been released and it features a 16-game Atlantic 10 Conference schedule and 15 home games, as well as a match-up with a Big East opponent and an appearance in the 2008 FIU Tournament in Miami over the holiday break.
The Rams will open their 105th season of basketball on Friday, November 14th, as they host Columbia University in the Rose Hill Gym, the first of seven non-conference games slated for the historic venue.
Eight of Fordham's 2008-09 Atlantic 10 opponents saw postseason action last year with four teams appearing in the NCAA Tournament: Xavier (who advanced to the Elite Eight last year and who the Rams meet twice this winter), Saint Joseph's, Temple and Villanova. Three other 2008-09 conference foes received bids to the NIT (Charlotte, Massachusetts and Rhode Island) and one other appeared in the inaugural College Basketball Invitational (Richmond).
Fordham's Atlantic 10 schedule includes home-and-home games with Xavier, Rhode Island and St. Bonaventure, as well as home dates with Duquesne, Massachusetts, Richmond, Saint Joseph's and Saint Louis. The Rams will also play five Atlantic 10 schools on the road in 2008-09, including a game at defending conference champions, Temple. The Rams will also travel to Charlotte, Dayton, George Washington and La Salle. The top 12 Atlantic 10 teams will advance to the Atlantic 10 Championship Tournament that will be held in Atlantic City from March 11-14, 2009.
In non-conference play, after opening the 2008-09 season with the Columbia game, the Rams travel to Villanova to face the Wildcats of the Big East Conference. Fordham will then return home for three straight home contests, starting with the annual Battle of the Bronx on November 22nd, as the Manhattan College Jaspers come to Rose Hill. The Rams will also host Princeton (Nov. 26th) and James Madison (Nov. 30th) in November before traveling out to Long Island to face Hofstra University on December 3rd.
Home games with Lafayette and New Hampshire highlight the December schedule before the Rams depart for Miami, Florida, to participate in the 2008 FIU Holiday Tournament on Saturday and Sunday, December 27th and 28th against opponents to be determined. Fordham then closes out its non-conference schedule with a trip to Bowling Green, Ohio, to take on Bowling Green University on January 3rd.
The Rams will also host Fairfield in a non-conference game in December on a day as yet to be determined.