Fordham Rams men's basketball

The Fordham Rams men's basketball team represents Fordham University, located in the Bronx, New York, in NCAA Division I basketball competition. They compete in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Rams play their home games at the Rose Hill Gymnasium (3,200), the nation's oldest on-campus collegiate basketball arena still in use. On February 28, 1940, Fordham University played in the nation's first televised college basketball game, when the Rams fell to Pitt at Madison Square Garden. Fordham hired former assistant coach Keith Urgo on April 28, 2022.[2]

Fordham Rams
2023–24 Fordham Rams men's basketball team
UniversityFordham University
Head coachKeith Urgo (2nd season)
ConferenceAtlantic 10
LocationBronx, New York
ArenaRose Hill Gymnasium
(Capacity: 3,200)
ColorsMaroon and white[1]
Home jersey
Team colours
Away jersey
Team colours

NCAA tournament Sweet Sixteen
NCAA tournament appearances
1953, 1954, 1971, 1992
Conference tournament champions
Patriot League: 1991, 1992
MAAC: 1983
Conference regular season champions
Patriot League: 1991, 1992, 1994
Metro NY: 1963



NCAA tournament results


The Rams have appeared in four NCAA Tournaments. Their record is 2–4. Fordham also participated in a play-in game prior to the 1991 NCAA Tournament before the tournament field was announced, featuring the champions of the six conferences with the lowest computer ratings the previous season; the Rams played St. Francis, losing 70–64.

Year Round Opponent Result
1953 First Round Lebanon Valley L 67–80
1954 First Round La Salle L 74–76
1971 First Round
Sweet 16
Regional 3rd Place Game
South Carolina
W 105–74
L 75–85
W 100–90
1992 First Round Massachusetts L 58–85

NIT results


The Rams have appeared in 16 National Invitation Tournaments (NIT). Their combined record is 5–17.

Year Round Opponent Result
1943 Quarterfinals
3rd Place Game
Western Kentucky
St. John's
Washington & Jefferson
W 60–58
L 43–69
L 34–39
1958 First Round
St. Francis (NY)
W 83–59
L 70–74
1959 First Round Butler L 80–94
1963 First Round Memphis L 49–70
1965 First Round Western Kentucky L 53–57
1968 First Round Duquesne
W 69–60
L 60–61
1969 First Round Louisville L 70–73
1972 First Round Jacksonville L 75–94
1981 First Round Dayton L 65–66
1982 First Round Virginia Tech L 57–59
1983 First Round South Florida L 69–81
1984 First Round Weber State L 63–75
1985 First Round Richmond L 57–59
1988 First Round Houston L 61–69
1990 First Round
Second Round
W 106–80
L 74–81
1991 First Round
Second Round
South Florida
W 76–66
L 78–74

CIT results


The Rams have appeared in one Postseason Tournament (CIT). Their record is 0–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
2016 First Round Boston University L 66–69

Notable Rams basketball players


Retired numbers

Fordham Rams retired numbers
No. Player Tenure No. ret. Ref.
7 Bob Mullens 1941–44 2019 [3]
11 Ed Conlin 1951–55 2004 [4]
34 Charlie Yelverton 1968–71 2023 [5]
44 Ken Charles 1970–73 2019 [3]

All-American Rams

Player Year Team
Bob Hassmiller 1939 2nd Team

Rams in the NBA


Rams in other pro leagues


Rams to coach in NCAA or NBA



  1. ^ "Fordham Colors – Fordham University Marketing and Communications". Retrieved December 5, 2022.
  2. ^ "Keith Urgo Named Head Men's Basketball Coach at Fordham University". Fordham University Athletics. Retrieved 2022-05-02.
  3. ^ a b Fordham to Honor Men’s Basketball Greats Bob Mullens and Kenny Charles on February 23 at Fordhamsports, 18 Jan 2019
  4. ^ Fordham basketball standout Ed Conlin dies at 79 By Michael O'Keeffe at NEW YORK DAILY NEWS - Sep 29, 2012
  5. ^ "Fordham to Retire Yelverton's 34, Honor 1970-71 Team on Feb. 25". (Press release). January 19, 2023. Retrieved March 1, 2023.