Piscataway, N.J. –Rutgers (13-13, 4-11) returns to the rugged road of the BIG EAST to play No. 7/8 Georgetown (22-4, 12-3) in a 9 p.m. tip-off Saturday (March 2) evening at the 20,600-seat Verizon Center. The Scarlet Knights will be working to snap a three game skid, while the Hoyas will be looking to win their 11th straight. RU has the opportunity to defeat a top 10-ranked opponent on the road for the first time in program history. The contest versus Georgetown marks the final of three straight 9 p.m. starts for Rutgers.
The game will be televised live nationally in high definition on ESPNU and via the web at WatchESPN.com with Lou Canellis calling the action and Tim Welsh 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 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.
Saturday evening’s contest marks the 45th all-time meeting between the schools dating back to 1922, with Georgetown holding a 28-16 advantage, including 11 of the last 12 match-ups. In BIG EAST regular season play, the Hoyas are 19-7 against RU. The Hoyas have been especially tough for the Scarlet Knights on their home court, defeating RU in 18 of the 20 meetings in Washington, D.C. The last time RU?earned a road victory in the series was in 1998, when it captured a 68-62 decision on December 8. Earlier this season (Feb. 9), No. 20/21 Georgetown defeated RU 69-63 at the RAC in a game that featured 11 ties and 14 lead changes. Otto Porter scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as GU shot 57.4 percent. Sophomore guard Eli Carter (Paterson, N.J.) paced RU with 23 points.
Rutgers is coming off a 76-72 home loss to Providence Saturday night. Redshirt sophomore forward Kadeem Jack (Queens, N.Y.) sparked the Scarlet Knights at both ends of the floor, earning his first career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. RU led by 11 points in the early stages, before the Friars closed the first half on a 19-0 run to sway the contest in their favor. Rutgers battled back, drawing to within one with less than eight minutes to play, but could not complete the comeback. Dane Miller (Rochester, N.Y.) and Mike Poole (Rosedale, N.Y.) also registered double figures with 17 and 11 points, respectively.
Rutgers sophomore guard Myles Mack (Paterson, N.J.) leads the BIG EAST and ranks sixth nationally in free throw percentage (.904), while also placing second in the conference three-point field goal percentage (.449), eighth in steals (1.69) and 10th in field goal percentage (.500). He is first among the league’s guards in field goal percentage. In conference only games, Jerome Seagears (Silver Spring, Md.) is third in the BIG EAST in three-point field goal percentage (.447).
Georgetown is coming off a 79-78 double overtime victory at Connecticut on Wednesday night. Porter, who scored 22 points, made a driving layup with 9.5 seconds left in the second extra period to secure the win. The Hoyas’ current 10-game run matches the program’s second-longest BIG EAST winning streak. Georgetown won 10 straight BIG EAST games spanning the 1983-84 and 1984-85 seasons and won 11 straight during the 2006-07 campaign. Porter ranks first in the BIG EAST in three-point field goal percentage (.468), fourth in rebounding (7.6), sixth in steals (1.92), seventh in field goal percentage (.511) and ninth in scoring (16.1).