PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers (4-6) welcomes Garden State foe Princeton (6-1) to the RAC on Wednesday (Dec. 11) evening for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off. The Scarlet Knights will be working to snap a three-game skid, while the Tigers will be looking to earn their sixth consecutive victory. The match-up marks the second of six consecutive home games for RU. Wednesday is the first of three “Dollar Dog Nights” at the truncated pyramid this season, as fans will have the opportunity to purchase hot dogs for a single dollar (limit five per transaction).
The game will be televised live via the web on ESPN3 with Jason Horowitz 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.
Princeton holds a 74-45 overall advantage in the series that dates back to 1917. Rutgers is 27-29 all-time at home, including an 11-6 mark versus the Tigers at the RAC. RU has faced Princeton in every season since 1996-97 and has 12-6 record during that span. As a player at Rutgers, current head coach Eddie Jordan was a perfect 5-0 against the Tigers. He scored in double digits in every contest, averaging 16.4 points-per-game, and scored a career-high 28 points as a senior in a 59-54 home win on Dec. 18, 1976. Last season, Rutgers out-rebounded Princeton by a 42-24 margin and limited the Tigers to 31.9 percent shooting in a 58-52 win at Jadwin Gymnasium. Myles Mack (Paterson, N.J.) made 6-of-9 field goal attempts and was 3-of-5 from behind the arc to score 16 points.
Mack shot 7-of-15 and 3-of-6 from behind the arc to score 20 points, but it was not enough, as Rutgers dropped a 77-71 decision to rival Seton Hall this past Sunday evening at the RAC. The Pirates scored the game’s final five points to secure the victory. Junior guard Jerome Seagears (Silver Spring, Md.), senior forward J.J. Moore (Brentwood, N.Y.) and redshirt junior forward Kadeem Jack (Queens, N.Y.) joined Mack in double figures. Seagears scored 18 points, Moore shot 4-of-8 to post 13 points and Jack added 10 points, while also grabbing a team-high eight rebounds. The Scarlet Knights helped to force 20 Seton Hall turnovers, which resulted in a 25-11 advantage in points off miscues. The Pirates had the better shooting hand, however. SHU made 47.9 percent of its field goal attempts while RU shot 38.7 percent.
Mack ranks eighth in the American Athletic Conference is scoring (15.5) and fifth in steals (1.9). Seagears leads the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.9) and ranks tied for fourth in assists (4.5). Junior guard D’Von Campbell (Arlington, Texas) is fifth in 3-point field goal percentage (.486) and Jack is fifth in rebounding (7.3).
Princeton, under the leadership of third-year head coach Mitch Henderson, defeated Fairleigh Dickinson 77-55 at home this past Saturday night. The Tigers established a 43-28 rebounding advantage and had four players score in double figures. Five players average double digits for Princeton, including senior team captain T.J. Bray with a team-best 13.7 points-per-game. The Tigers have won 16 straight games when leading at the half.