Piscataway, N.J. (December 14, 2012) – Winners of six of its last seven games, Rutgers (6-2) welcomes Conference USA member UAB to the RAC on Sunday for a 12 noon tip-off. The contest against the Blazers signals the second of four straight at home for RU to conclude 2012. Family “Two-Pack” and Rutgers faculty & staff ticket promotions are available for the match-up via phone at 1-866-445-GORU (4678). For just $30.00, fans can purchase a package that includes two tickets in the promenade, two hot dogs and two sodas. Faculty and staff can buy promenade tickets for just $10.00 and mezzanine seats for only $15.00.
The game will be streamed live via the web on RVision presented by AT&T with Danny Breslauer calling the action and Mike Kuhn providing the analysis. On the radio, the contest will be broadcast live on the Rutgers Radio Network, WOR 710 AM in New York and WCTC 1450 AM in New Brunswick, as well as on Sirius 134 and XM 192. Chris Carlin will serve as play-by-play announcer and Dick Lloyd will provide commentary. WRSU (88.7) will also broadcast the game.
Sunday afternoon’s match-up marks the first meeting between Rutgers and UAB on the collegiate hardwood. The Scarlet Knights are 3-4 all-time against current members of Conference USA. RU’s last game against a CUSA team was a 94-68 loss to UTEP at the Sierra Sun Classic in El Paso, Texas on Dec. 28, 2003.
Rutgers is coming off a 68-65 victory over George Washington Tuesday evening at the RAC. Sophomore guard Myles Mack (Paterson, N.J.) turned in another solid performance, shooting 5-of-8 to score 13 points. The Scarlet Knights forced the Colonials into 23 turnovers. Mack, who scored in double figures for a seventh consecutive game, was joined in double digits by fellow sophomores Eli Carter (Paterson, N.J.) and Kadeem Jack (Queens, N.Y.), as well as senior wing Dane Miller (Rochester, N.Y.). Carter was a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line en route to a game-high 19 points. Jack registered a career-best 12 points with six rebounds. Miller added 10 points with four blocks.
Mack leads the BIG EAST in free throw percentage (18-19 .947), while also placing sixth in both field goal percentage (44-75, .587) and three-point field goal percentage (15-33, .455), and 12th in scoring (15.1). Carter ranks second in the BIG EAST in FT% (38-43, .884) and 11th in scoring (16.4). Miller is eighth in the BIG EAST in FG% (28-49, .571). Junior forward Wally Judge (Washington, D.C.) is 10th in rebounding (7.0).
UAB (5-5), under the leadership of first-year head coach Jerrod Haase, is fresh from a 92-78 home victory over South Alabama on Dec. 8. UAB shot 57.1 percent and led by as many as 28 points in the second half. Jordan Swing scored 18 points to pace five Blazers in double figures. UAB is 1-5 away from home this season, suffering losses at Creighton (60-77), vs. Illinois State (65-77), vs. TCU (73-76), at North Carolina (84-102) and at Middle Tennessee (64-84). Swing leads the Blazers in scoring with 15.1 points-per-game.