PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers (8-11, 2-4) returns to the Garden State to meet Connecticut (15-4, 3-3) in a 7 p.m. tip-off on Saturday (Jan. 25) at the 8,000-seat Rutgers Athletic Center. It marks the final scheduled home match-up between the longtime conference foes. It will be a Black Out “on the Banks,” as fans are encouraged to wear black to the game and the first 1,000 to enter the RAC will receive a complimentary blackout t-shirt. Prior to the game, Tim Sweeney, The Amazing Race competitor and former RU and professional baseball player, will sign autographs on the lobby concourse from 5:45-6:45 p.m. At halftime, the young percussionist group "Drums of Thunder," comprised of fourth and fifth grade students from the Hillside School in Montclair, will perform.
The Scarlet Knights will be seeking a return to the win column after suffering two losses in a span of three days in Texas, while the Huskies will be working to earn their second straight victory and fifth in their past six games. UConn is receiving votes in both polls.
The game will be televised live nationally in high definition on ESPNU with Adam Amin calling the action and Brooke Weisbrod 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 117 and XM 193. WRSU (88.7 FM) will also broadcast the game.
Saturday evening’s contest marks the 50th meeting between the Scarlet Knights and Huskies dating back to 1952, with UConn holding a 35-14 advantage in victories. Rutgers is 10-15 all-time at home and 3-9 at the RAC in the series. In the last meeting at the truncated pyramid on Jan. 7, 2012, RU limited No. 8 Connecticut to 37.7 percent (20-53) shooting and forced 20 Huskies’ turnovers in a 67-60 victory. Myles Mack (Paterson, N.J.) scored 14 points, collecting 11 after the break, in the program’s first victory over a defending national champion.
Rutgers out-rebounded SMU, which entered the contest ranked 10th nationally in rebounding differential, 34-33, but shot 32.7 percent (18-of-55) in a 70-56 loss Tuesday evening in Dallas. Senior guard/forward J.J. Moore (Brentwood, N.Y.) shot 5-of-10 to score 15 points, while Mack contributed 13 points and five assists. Senior forward Wally Judge (Washington, D.C.) was 4-of-6 to post nine points and grabbed nine rebounds. RU committed 18 miscues which resulted in a 21-11 disparity in points-off-turnovers.
Mack was named to the AAC Honor Roll on Monday. He ranks first in the AAC in free throw percentage (.871), second in steals (2.1), fourth in assists (4.4), sixth in scoring (16.5), seventh in three-point field goals made (1.9) and eighth in assist/turnover ratio (1.6).
UConn shot 53.4 percent (31-of-58) to defeat Temple 90-66 on Tuesday evening in Hartford. The Huskies established a 45-25 rebounding advantage and limited the Owls to 38.3 percent (23-of-60) shooting. Junior forward DeAndre Daniels was 11-of-19 from the field to post 31 points with 12 rebounds, while senior guard Shabazz Napier was 9-of-14 to add 27 points with seven rebounds and six assists. Napier leads UConn and ranks among the AAC leaders in scoring (17.4), rebounding (6.2), assists (5.9), steals (1.9) and free throw percentage (.868).