PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers (2-1), the No. 4 seed, hosts Canisius Monday (Nov. 18) evening in a 7:30 p.m. tip-off at the RAC in NIT Season Tip-Off North Regional action. Prior to the game, No. 6-seed Elon and No. 8-seed Drexel square off in a 5 p.m. start. If the Scarlet Knights defeat the Golden Griffins, they will meet the winner of Elon/Drexel in a 7:30 p.m. tip-off on Tuesday (Nov. 19) at the RAC. If RU falls in Monday’s match-up with Canisius, it will play the loser of Elon/Drexel at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The Scarlet Knights are confirmed for a 7:30 p.m. start on both nights.
The team in the regional pod that wins both of its contests at the RAC will advance to the NIT Championship round to be played at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 27 and 29. If Rutgers suffers a defeat in the regional round and does not advance, it will host a pair of NIT Season Tip-Off consolation round double-headers at the RAC, to be played Nov. 25 and 26.
Both of Rutgers’ NIT Season Tip-Off regional round games at the RAC on Monday and Tuesday will be broadcast live via the web on ESPN3, with Jonathan Yardley calling the action and Rob Kennedy 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. The 5p.m. NIT Season Tip-Off games on Monday and Tuesday will not be available on ESPN3.
The Scarlet Knights have never met Canisius on the collegiate hardwood. Rutgers is 1-0 all-time against Elon and 13-1 all-time versus Drexel.
A go-ahead 3-pointer by senior forward J.J. Moore (Brentwood, N.Y.) with 31 seconds left and two big free throws by redshirt junior forward Kadeem Jack (Queens, N.Y.) with 14.6 seconds on the clock enabled Rutgers to grind out a 72-71 win over Yale Thursday (Nov. 14) evening at the RAC. The Scarlet Knights trailed by six points (68-62) with 1:30 to play before the late flurry in a contest that featured 11 ties and 13 lead changes. Jack shot 7-of-11 to score 18 points with eight rebounds in a career-high 35 minutes. Junior guard Myles Mack (Paterson, N.J.) was 9-of-10 from the charity stripe to add 17 points, while junior forward Malick Kone (Conakry, Guinea) shot 5-of-6 off the bench to score 12 points.
Canisius, under the leadership of second-year head coach Jim Baron, is 1-0 entering a Saturday (Nov. 16) evening game at St. Bonaventure. The Golden Griffins were picked to finish third in the MAAC, as voted on by the league’s head coaches. Last season, Canisius posted a 20-14 record, the first time the team has won 20 games in a season since 2000-01. The team returns 49.5 percent of its scoring, including three of its top five scorers. The Griffs return their top scorer (Billy Baron), top rebounder (Chris Manhertz), leader in assists and steals (Baron) and shot blocker (Jordan Heath).