Fordham, whose upset of Georgetown at the end of the 1977-78 regular season may have cost the Hoyas an NCAA at-large tournament bid, faces the Hoyas tonight at 8 p.m. at McDonough Arena.

The Rams, a traditional Georgetown opponent, have a new coach (Tom Penders) and bring a 5-9 record into the final game before Georgetown, 12-2 and ranked 10th nationally by AP, plays a regionally televised game at Penn on Saturday afternoon.

The Fordham game last season was wedged between a Saturday TV contest against Holy Cross and the first round of the ECAC playoffs against Virginia Commonwealth. It was under those circumstances the Rams caught Georgetown for their final victory of an 8-18 season.

Fordham has won two of its last three games. In one stretch the Rams dropped seven in a row. The Rams are big, starting a 7-foot, 6-8, 6-5 front line that Georgetown Coach John Thompson is wary may give the Hoyas a matchup problem.

Penders, who moved cross-borough from Columbia to take over at Fordham, has been starting 7-foot center Dud Tongal from Roumbak, The Sudan, in the past five games. He is the team's second leading scorer at 9.7.

Tyrone Holloway, 6-5 forward, is the only Ram in double figures, at 10.9. The other forward spot is manned by T.J. Tripucka, brother of Notre Dame's sophomore flash.

Georgetown is among the national leaders in three statistical categories this week. The Hoyas are sixth in defense (59.1), eighth in scoring margin (15.5) and 10th in rebounding margin (9.5).