DALLAS - Rutgers (8-10, 2-3) remains on the rugged road of the American Athletic Conference when it meets SMU (14-4, 3-2) in an 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. local) tip-off on Tuesday (Jan. 21) at 7,000-seat Moody Coliseum. It marks the second of two games in three days in the Lone Star State for RU. The Scarlet Knights will be seeking a return to the win column, while the Mustangs will be working to earn their fourth straight victory. Tuesday evening’s contest marks the first meeting between the schools on the collegiate hardwood.
The contest will feature of pair of former NBA coaches who have returned to the college game in RU’s Eddie Jordan and SMU’s Larry Brown. In the NBA, the two squared-off as head coaches 21 times from 1997 to 2010. In the last meeting, Brown’s Charlotte squad defeated Jordan’s Philadelphia team 103-84 on March 31, 2010. Jordan’s last win came in an 86-84 76ers win over the Bobcats on Nov. 18, 2009.
The game will be televised live nationally on ESPNews with Roxy Bernstein calling the action and Stephen Howard 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 119 and XM 194. WRSU (88.7 FM) will also broadcast the game.
Junior guard Myles Mack (Paterson, N.J.) shot 6-of-10 to score 15 points, but it was not enough, as Rutgers dropped a 77-55 decision to Houston at Hofheinz Pavilion on Sunday afternoon. The Cougars compensated for RU’s 49-38 rebounding advantage by shooting 50 percent (29-of-58) to earn the victory. Junior forward Kadeem Jack (Queens, N.Y.), joined Mack in double figures with 10 points, while also grabbing nine rebounds. Four of Jack’s rebounds came off the offensive glass, as the Scarlet Knights established a 23-6 disparity in offensive rebounds.
Mack was named to the AAC Honor Roll on Monday. He averaged 20.0 points, 5.5 assists and 3.0 steals last week, while shooting 42.0 percent from behind the arc and 90.0 percent at the charity stripe. Mack ranks first in the AAC in free throw percentage (.871), second in steals (2.1), fourth in assists (4.4), fifth in scoring (16.7), eighth in three-point field goals made (1.9) and ninth in assist/turnover ratio (1.6).
SMU defeated Hofstra 73-49 at home on Sunday evening in a re-scheduled game after earning a 58-46 win at UCF on Saturday afternoon. SMU shot 50 percent (27-of-54) versus the Pride and established a 43-27 rebounding advantage, while limiting HU to 33.3 percent (16-of-48) from the field. The Mustangs lead the AAC in field goal percentage (.490), field goal percentage defense (.359) and rebounding margin (+9.0). SMU is second nationally in FG% defense and 10th in rebounding margin.