Piscataway, N.J. – Rutgers (12-7, 3-5) remains on the rugged road of the BIG EAST to meet No. 24/23 Cincinnati (16-4, 4-3) on Wednesday (Jan. 30) in a 7 p.m. tip-off at Fifth Third Arena. The Bearcats have been ranked as highly as No. 8 in both polls this season. The Scarlet Knights will be looking to snap a three-game conference skid. RU will be working on a three-day turnaround, while the Bearcats have nine days to prepare for the match-up.
The game will be produced by the BIG EAST Network and will be televised live in high definition in the New York metropolitan region on SNY and via the web at ESPN3.com with Jim Barbar calling the action and Bob Valvano 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 113. Chris Carlin will serve as play-by-play announcer and Dick Lloyd will provide commentary.
Wednesday evening’s contest marks 18th overall match-up between the schools dating back to 1972, with Cincinnati holding an 13-4 advantage in victories, including a 6-3 mark in BIG EAST regular season play. Rutgers is 1-6 on the road versus the Bearcats. Earlier this season on Jan. 12, UC defeated RU 68-58 at the RAC. Both teams shot just 37.7 percent, but the Bearcats established a 19-8 advantage in second chance points. Myles Mack (Paterson, N.J.) shot 4-of-8, including 3-of-5 from behind the arc, to score 15 points.
Despite a career-best 21 points from Jerome Seagears (Silver Spring, Md.), Rutgers fell to Connecticut, 66-54, Sunday afternoon at the XL Center in Hartford. The Scarlet Knights shot just 39.3 percent (22-56) and committed 16 turnovers in the defeat, including nine in the second half. Seagears was 8-of-15 from the field, including 4-of-7 from behind the arc, in a team-high 34 minutes. Kadeem Jack (Queens, N.Y.) neared a double-double for RU with eight points and nine rebounds, while Eli Carter (Paterson, N.J.) added 13 points and six boards.
Mack leads the BIG EAST in free throw percentage (.935), while also placing sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.436), seventh in steals (1.84) and 11th in field goal percentage (.503). He is first among the league’s guards in field goal percentage. Carter is second in free throw percentage (.898), also ranking 12th nationally in the category, and 10th in scoring (15.4). Wally Judge (Washington, D.C) is eighth in the league in field goal percentage (.543).
Cincinnati, under the leadership of seventh-year head coach Mick Cronin, suffered a hard-fought 57-55 loss at No. 3/4 Syracuse on Jan. 21. The Bearcats led most of the second half, but scored only one point in the final 3:45. Sean Kilpatrick deposited six three-pointers to post a game-high 21 points. Cashmere Wright returned from a knee injury, but had only five points on 2-of-13 shooting. The Bearcats lead the BIG EAST in rebounding margin and rebounding, grabbing 8.5 more rebounds per game more than opponents while cleaning the games 42.5 times per contest.