PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers (5-7) welcomes Army (3-6) to the RAC on Sunday (Dec. 22) afternoon for a 2 p.m. tip-off. The Scarlet Knights will be working to earn back-to-back victories, while the Black Knights will be looking to earn their third straight win. The match-up marks the fourth of six consecutive home games for RU. Sunday is Military Day at the RAC. The first 1,000 fans will receive USA Block R magnets.
The game will be televised live via the web on 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, WCTC 1450 AM in New Brunswick and Sirius/XM channel 85. Chris Carlin will serve as play-by-play announcer and Dick Lloyd will provide commentary. WRSU (88.7) will also broadcast the game.
Sunday afternoon’s contest marks the 24th meeting between the schools on the collegiate hardwood dating back to 1943, with Army holding a 16-7 advantage in victories. Rutgers has won four straight and five of the last six in the series and is 4-4 all-time at home versus the Black Knights. The last meeting occurred on March 9, 1978, at the RAC in an NIT match-up during the building’s inaugural season. The Scarlet Knights defeated Army 72-70 before 8,048 fans to advance to meet Larry-Bird led Indiana State at the truncated pyramid. RU then downed ISU 57-56 before falling to Texas at Madison Square Garden. The most notable RU performance in the series belongs to Swede Sundstrom, who pulled down a school-record 30 rebounds in 68-61 loss in West Point on Feb. 24, 1954.
Rutgers is coming off an 89-72 win over UNCG Saturday (Dec. 14) afternoon at the RAC. Junior guard Myles Mack (Paterson, N.J.) shot 6-of-11 and 4-of-6 from behind the arc to score 21 points. The Scarlet Knights made 50 percent (31-of-62) of their field goal attempts and an impressive 45 percent (9-of-20) from long range. Mack accentuated his performance by dishing-out eight assists, committing just one turnover, grabbing four rebounds and making five steals. Redshirt junior forward Kadeem Jack (Queens, N.Y.), redshirt senior forward Wally Judge (Washington, D.C.) and senior forward J.J. Moore (Brentwood, N.Y.) joined Mack in double figures. Jack was 8-of-13 to score 18 points, Judge was 6-of-6 to post 13 points with eight rebounds and Moore added 12 points. The Scarlet Knights dished out 22 assists on 31 baskets. Junior guard D’Von Campbell (Arlington, Texas) contributed to the effort by issuing seven helpers.
Mack was named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll on Monday. He averaged 21.0 points, 6.5 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 3.5 steals last week, while shooting 51.9 percent (14-of-27), 53.8 percent (7-of-13) from behind the arc and 87.5 percent (7-of-8) at the charity stripe. He has scored 20 or more points in four straight contests, the first RU player to accomplish the feat since Jonathan Mitchell in 2010-11. Mack ranks second in the AAC in steals (2.2), tied for third in three-point field goals made (2.3), seventh in scoring (16.4), eighth in minutes played (32.2), ninth in assists (4.1) and ninth in free throw percentage (.821).
Army, under the leadership of fifth-year head coach Zach Spiker, earned a 90-80 victory at Maine on Dec. 13. Sophomore Kyle Wilson scored 24 points, his fifth 20-point effort of the season, to lead three Black Knights in double figures. Army grabbed 14 offensive rebounds and benefitted from a 25-4 advantage in second chance points. Wilson, who is averaging 17.3 points-per-game, was tabbed the Patriot League Player of the Week on Monday.