Piscataway, N.J. – Rutgers (12-9, 3-7) plays its third straight nationally-ranked opponent when it welcomes No. 20/21 Georgetown (16-4, 6-3) to the RAC on Saturday (Feb. 9) for a 12 noon tip-off. The Hoyas, who were ranked No. 15 for five consecutive weeks in the Associated Press poll, are ranked No. 20 by the AP and No. 21 by the coaches. RU will be working to snap a five-game kid, while GU will be looking to win its fifth straight. It’s “Dollar Dog Day” at the RAC, as fans in attendance can enjoy hot dogs for just $1.00.
Fans also have the opportunity to purchase the best available 300 level tickets for only 10 dollars by utilizing the promo code 10ROWS. In addition, D.J. Yoshi returns to supplement the pre-game and in-game soundtrack. Attending students will have the opportunity to win an iPad mini and a Brother Jimmy’s gift certificate.
The game will be produced by the BIG EAST Network as the Game of the Week and will be televised live in high definition in the New York metropolitan region on SNY and via the web at ESPN3.com with Anish Shroff calling the action and Bob Wenzel 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/XM channel 85. Chris Carlin will serve as play-by-play announcer and Dick Lloyd will provide commentary. WRSU (88.7) will also broadcast the game.
Saturday afternoon’s contest marks the 44th all-time meeting between the schools on the hardwood dating back to 1922, with Georgetown holding a 27-16 advantage in victories, including 10 of the last 11 match-ups. In BIG EAST regular season play, the Hoyas are 18-7 against RU. The Scarlet Knights have found success at home versus GU, however, winning 11 of the 20 matchups played in Piscataway, including a 71-68 win over No. 7 Georgetown at the RAC on Feb. 14, 2010. Dane Miller (Rochester, N.Y.) had a double-double with 13 points and 10rebounds in that victory. Last season, despite a gritty defensive effort, Rutgers dropped a 52-50 decision at No. 10/12 Georgetown. RU was unable to overcome a 21-point differential at the free throw line, as the Hoyas shot 25-of-36 from the charity stripe. Eli Carter (Paterson, N.J.) paced Rutgers with 14 points. His potential game-tying runner in the lane as time expired rimmed-out.
The Scarlet Knights are coming off a 68-48 home defeat to No. 11/12 Louisville Wednesday night. Trailing 28-26 at the break, RU was victimized by a 23-4 UofL run to begin the second half. Despite grabbing 18 offensive rebounds, Rutgers managed just eight second chance points, while also missing 10 free throws (12-22). Carter scored 13 points, while fellow sophomore guard Myles Mack (Paterson, N.J.) added 12.
Mack leads the BIG EAST in free throw percentage (.940), while also placing fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.453), sixth in steals (1.86) and 10th in field goal percentage (.503). He is first among the league’s guards in field goal percentage. Mack would be tied for the national lead in free throw percentage, but is 5.5 made free throws shy of qualifying for the rankings. Carter is second in the BIG EAST free throw percentage (.885) and 10th in scoring (15.1). Wally Judge (Washington, D.C) is sixth in the league in field goal percentage (.528).
Georgetown, under the leadership of ninth-year head coach John Thompson III, last played on Feb. 2, defeating St. John’s 68-56. Forward Nate Lubick, who leads the BIG EAST in field goal percentage (.650), scored a career-high 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. GU, which held the Red Storm to a season low 31.7 percent from the floor, has limited its last four opponents to 51.5 points-per-game and 33.3 percent shooting (67-of-201).
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