Fordham will play 17 of its 30 contests in the friendly confines of the Rose Hill Gym in 2017-2018 and will make four appearances on national television during the Atlantic 10 season, three on the NBC Sports Network and one on the CBS Sports Network.
“This year’s schedule will be a challenging one for us,” said Fordham head coach Jeff Neubauer. “The non-conference schedule will be a good test and get us ready for the Atlantic 10 season. The Atlantic 10 continues to be one of the best basketball conferences in the country and we look to build on the big wins we had last year over Rhode Island, VCU and Davidson. I encourage Fordham fans to come out and support us during the nonconference season and then return to help us during the challenging conference season.”
The 2017-2018 Fordham schedule includes eight schools that played in the postseason last year with five NCAA participants. Opponents who advanced to the NCAA tournament last year include Atlantic 10 foes Dayton, Rhode Island and VCU along with non-conference adversaries East Tennessee and West Virginia. Richmond played in the 2017 postseason NIT tournament while George Mason and George Washington from the A-10 both participated in the College Basketball Invitational.
The Rams open the 2017-2018 season, Fordham’s 115th varsity season, by hosting Miami (OH) University in the Rose Hill Gym on Friday, November 10, as part of the Jamaica Classic – Montego Bay. It will be the second ever meeting between Fordham and the RedHawks.
Fordham then hosts the LIU Blackbirds on Monday, November 13, before departing for Jamaica to continue the Jamaica Classic with a game against Tulane University in Montego Bay on Friday, November 17. On Sunday, November 19, the Rams will close out the Jamaica Classic against one of the following schools: Colorado State, Florida State, Hartford or LIU.
After Thanksgiving, Fordham will host Manhattan in the annual Battle of the Bronx on Sunday, November 26. It will be the 109th meeting between the Rams and the Jaspers, the most for any Fordham opponent.
The Rams close out November by hosting the East Tennessee State Buccaneers on Wednesday, November 29.
Fordham opens December with three straight home contests, beginning with a visit from the University of Maine on Saturday, December 2, followed by a game with Harvard University on Wednesday, December 6. The Rams close out the home stand by hosting the St. Francis (N.Y.) University Terriers on Saturday, December 9.
The Rams take to the road for their first true road contest of the season on Tuesday, December 12, as they travel to Piscataway, N.J., to face Rutgers University out of the Big Ten.
After a break for finals, the Rams host Florida A&M University on Thursday, December 21, in their final home nonconference game before closing out the nonconference portion of the schedule with a trip to Morgantown, West Virginia, to take on the West Virginia University Mountaineers on Saturday, December 23. It will be Fordham’s first game against a Big 12 opponent since the Rams faced Missouri (then a Big 12 school) in 2007 and the first against a current Big 12 opponent since Fordham took on TCU in 1987.
The Fordham men’s Atlantic 10 schedule will consist of 18 games, nine home and nine away, with the Rams facing five opponents in a home-and-home series. Neubauer’s squad will take on Davidson, Duquesne, La Salle, Saint Joseph’s, and VCU twice during the 2017-2018 season.
Fordham’s conference slate opens with the Rams traveling to Richmond, Virginia, to face the VCU Rams on Saturday, December 30, in a game that will be televised on the NBC Sports Network.
The Rams open the New Year by hosting Richmond on Wednesday, January 3, and then welcome Duquesne to the Rose Hill Gym on Saturday, January 6, for a CBS Sports Network game. Other home games in January include Davidson (Jan. 14 on the NBC Sports Network), defending A-10 champions, Rhode Island (Jan. 24) and UMass (Jan. 27 on the NBC Sports Network) while Fordham travels to St. Bonaventure (Jan. 10), La Salle (Jan. 17) and Saint Joseph’s (Jan. 20) in the first full month of conference play.
Fordham opens February with a trip to Saint Louis on the third before returning to the Rose Hill Gym to host George Mason on February 7. The Rams will also host Saint Louis (Feb. 14) and La Salle (Feb. 24) in February while making trips to Duquesne (Feb. 10), Dayton (Feb. 17), Davidson (Feb. 21), and George Washington (Feb. 28).
March will open with the final home and regular season game of the season when VCU pays the Rams a visit on March 3.
The 2018 Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship will be played March 7-11, 2017 at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.