Piscataway, N.J. – Rutgers (13-14, 4-12) hosts No. 15/17 Marquette (21-7, 12-4) on Tuesday (March 5) night in a 7 p.m. tip-off in the annual senior night at the RAC. The Scarlet Knights will be working to snap a four-game skid, while the Golden Eagles will be looking to earn their third straight victory. Prior to the game, RU’s senior players and student managers will be recognized. In addition to managers Anthony Gallo and Craig Ebinger being acknowledged, Austin Johnson (Elkins Park, Pa.) and Dane Miller (Rochester, N.Y.) will suit up before the home crowd for their final regular season home game. Johnson has played in 122 contests in Scarlet, scoring 499 points and grabbing 275 rebounds, and ranks fifteenth all-time in career field goal percentage (.512, 198-387). Miller has competed in 123 games and ranks 36th all-time in scoring (1,032), eighth in rebounds (735), seventh in blocks (158), 10th in steals (125) and 12th in assists (301).
A Hurricane Sandy Relief event will also highlight Tuesday evening’s festivities, with all donations collected at the game going to the Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund. In conjunction, fans can purchase tickets for just $7.00 by using the online promo code SANDY.
The game will be televised live in high definition in the New York Metropolitan market on SNY and via the web at ESPN3.com with Scott Graham calling the action and John Celestand 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 128 and XM 190. Chris Carlin will serve as play-by-play announcer and Dick Lloyd will provide commentary. WRSU (88.7) will also broadcast the game.
Despite the fact that Rutgers has sponsored men’s basketball since 1906-07 and Marquette since 1916-17, Tuesday evening’s contest marks just the eighth meeting between the schools, with the Golden Eagles leading the series 6-1. The Scarlet Knights won the first meeting at the RAC in 2006, 91-84, before MU downed Rutgers in each of the past six match-ups. Last season, Rutgers suffered an 82-65 setback to No. 10 Marquette at the Bradley Center. Four Scarlet Knights posted double-digits – led by Jerome Seagears (Silver Spring, Md.) with 14 – but it was not enough to overcome the Golden Eagles’ 53.6 percent shooting. RU committed a season-high 24 turnovers, which resulted in MU establishing a 31-10 advantage in points off turnovers.
Rutgers is coming off a 64-51 loss at No. 7/8 Georgetown on Saturday evening in a game that featured eight lead changes and three ties. The Scarlet Knights were paced by redshirt junior forward Wally Judge (Washington, D.C.), who shot 5-of-9 to score 11 points before his hometown crowd while also grabbing five rebounds. The Hoyas benefitted from a 42 to 15 advantage in free throw attempts in a contest that saw 51 personal fouls whistled. GU made 30 of 42 from the charity stripe, while RU deposited just six of 15. Miller, sophomore guard Myles Mack (Paterson, N.J.) and Seagears each scored nine points for the Scarlet Knights. All of Mack’s points came from behind the arc.
Mack leads the BIG EAST and ranks fifth nationally in free throw percentage (.904), while also placing second in the conference three-point field goal percentage (.447), seventh in steals (1.74) and 13th in field goal percentage (.486). He is first among the league’s guards in field goal percentage. In conference only games, Seagears is fourth in the BIG EAST in three-point field goal percentage (.420).
Marquette won four of its last five BIG EAST games and never trailed in Saturday’s 72-64 home win over No. 21/20 Notre Dame. Forward Jamil Wilson tied a career high with 19 points, while center Chris Otule posted 16 points on 8-of-8 shooting. Marquette made 59.6 percent of its field goal attempts, while holding the Irish to 38.3 percent shooting. If MU wins its last two regular season games, it will match last season’s 14-4 league mark, its best in eight BIG EAST seasons.