PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers (8-9, 2-2) returns to the rugged road of the American Athletic Conference to meet Houston (10-7, 2-2) in a 1 p.m. ET (12 noon local) tip-off on Sunday (Jan. 19) at 8,479-seat Hofheinz Pavilion. It will mark the first of two games in three days in the Lone Star State, as RU also plays at SMU on Tuesday (Jan. 21) night. The contest versus the Cougars marks the first time that the Scarlet Knights will play in the state of Texas since competing in the South Padre Island Invitational in Nov. 2005. RU will be working to earn their second straight victory, while UH will be seeking a return to the win column after consecutive losses.
The game will be televised live nationally in high definition on the CBS Sports Network with John Sadak calling the action and Chris Walker 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. On satellite radio, the game will be on Sirius 93 and XM 190.
Sunday afternoon’s contest marks the second meeting between the schools on the collegiate hardwood. Houston defeated Rutgers 95-84 on Dec. 28, 1973 at the All College Tournament in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Freshman point guard Eddie Jordan scored 11 points, while future RU All-American Phil Sellers poured-in 28 under first-year head coach Tom Young.
Junior guard Myles Mack (Paterson, N.J.) scored 25 points, including the 1000th-point of his career and 21 in the second half, and dished out eight assists to help Rutgers to an 85-75 win over UCF Wednesday evening at the RAC. The Scarlet Knights led from start to finish and limited the visitors to 36 percent shooting. Junior guard Jerome Seagears (Silver Spring, Md.), freshman forward Junior Etou (Republic of Congo), and senior forward Wally Judge (Washington, D.C.) joined Mack in double figures. Seagears shot 6-of-10 to score 18 points, Etou made 6-of-9 field goals to post 14 points and Judge was 4-of-7 from the field to add 10 points. The Scarlet Knights shot 47 percent (31-of-66), including 45.4 percent (10-of-22) from behind the arc. The home squad’s hand was especially hot in the second half, making 54.8 percent (17-of-31) and 50 percent (6-of-12) from long range.
Mack ranks first in the American Athletic Conference in free throw percentage (.867), fourth in assists (4.5) and steals (1.9), fifth in scoring (16.8), seventh in three-point field goals made (2.0) and 10th in assist/turnover ratio (1.6).
Houston, under the leadership of fourth-year head coach James Dickey, suffered a 91-52 loss at No 18/14 Louisville on Wednesday night. The Cardinals shot 51.5 percent (34-of-66) and established a 57-28 halftime lead. Junior forward TaShawn Thomas scored 16 points and sophomore guard Jherrod Stiggers added 14 for the Cougars. Thomas averages a team-best 16.9 points-per-game, which ranks fourth in the AAC. Houston is 7-2 at home this season.