PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers hosts MEAC foe Florida A&M this Friday (Nov. 8) evening in a 7:30 p.m. tip-off at the RAC in the 2013-14 season opener, which marks head coach Eddie Jordan’s first regular season game at the helm. Any fan with a variation of “Ed” or “Jordan” to begin their name will receive a free ticket at the RAC box office that evening prior to tip-off with proper identification. All fans will receive a complimentary team poster. The Scarlet Knights have a 73-28 all-time record in game one contests.
Much like the Scarlet Knights, the Rattlers feature a head coach in Clemon Johnson who played for his University before earning an NBA Championship ring. Jordan won an NBA title with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1982, while Johnson won a championship with the Philadelphia 76ers in 1983.
The game will be televised live on the web via ESPN3, with Dave Leno calling the action and Mo Cassara providing the analysis. On the radio, the contest will be broadcast live on the Rutgers IMG Sports Network, WOR 710 AM in New York and WCTC 1450 AM in New Brunswick. Chris Carlin will serve as play-by-play announcer and Dick Lloyd will provide commentary. WRSU (88.7) will also broadcast the game.
The Scarlet Knights return five letterwinners with starting experience, including junior guard Myles Mack (Paterson, N.J.), who was a 2012-13 All-Metropolitan selection. Mack led the Big East in free throw percentage (.882) and 3-point field goal percentage (.462) last season, while placing seventh in steals (1.81) and 10th in field goal percentage (.480). Mack is one of three team captains, along with redshirt junior forward Kadeem Jack (Queens, N.Y.) and redshirt sophomore forward Greg Lewis (Baltimore, Md.). A two-time Big East All-Academic selection, Jack concluded 2012-13 by shooting 70 percent in the Big East Championship. A dedicated and physical big man who excels in the weight room and has persevered through injury, Lewis was redshirted last season and makes his much-anticipated return.
This past Friday, Mack shot 6-of-11 to score 16 points in leading Rutgers to a 90-60 exhibition win over Caldwell College at the RAC. Senior forward J.J. Moore (Brentwood, N.Y.) added 14 points in his first game in Scarlet, as four RU players posted double digits in the decisive victory. Jack and junior guard Jerome Seagears (Silver Spring, Md.) joined Mack and Moore on double digits, posting 11 and 10 points, respectively. The Scarlet Knights stifled the visitors, establishing a 52-27 rebounding advantage while limiting the Cougars to 36.5 percent (23-63) shooting. RU also out-scored its opponent 52-34 in the paint. Senior forward Wally Judge (Washington, D.C.) grabbed 10 rebounds, while Lewis cleaned the glass on eight occasions.
Florida A&M returns all but one player from a team that posted an 8-23 overall mark in 2012-13. The Rattlers are led by all-MEAC performer Jamie Adams. Adams averaged 14.0 points-per-game last season, collecting 56 three-pointers and 93 assists playing both guard positions.