PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers (10-18, 4-11) returns to the friendly confines of the RAC to meet USF (12-16, 3-12) in a 12 noon tip-off on Saturday (March 1). The Scarlet Knights will be working to earn a regular season series sweep of the Bulls after a 79-69 win at USF on Feb. 8. Both RU and USF are seeking returns to the win column after tough loses of five points or less to conference foes.Saturday is Kid's Day at the RAC.
The game will be televised live nationally in high definition on ESPNews with Mike Crispino 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. On satellite radio, the game will be on Sirius channel 108 and XM channel 190. WRSU (88.7 FM) will also broadcast the game.
Saturday afternoon’s contest marks the 14th meeting between Rutgers and USF on the hardwood dating back to 1996-97, with the Scarlet Knights holding an 8-5 advantage in victories. RU is 5-1 at the RAC versus the Bulls, including three consecutive victories. In the last meeting at the truncated pyramid, RU defeated USF 70-67 on Jan. 17, 2013, as Wally Judge (Washington, D.C.) shot 7-of-8 to score 14 points. Earlier this season, redshirt junior forward Kadeem Jack (Queens, N.Y.) made 9-of-14 field goal attempts and was a perfect 13-of-13 at the free throw line to score a career-high 31 points in the win at the Sun Dome.
Rutgers is coming off a 67-65 loss at UCF on Wednesday night. The Scarlet Knights led for the majority of the contest, but UCF scored nine of the game’s final 11 points to secure the win. Junior guard Myles Mack (Paterson, N.J.) shot 7-of-13 to score 19 points. Freshman forward Junior Etou (Republic of Congo) was 6-of-8 from the field to post 14 points with nine rebounds, while Jack added 12 points and nine rebounds. The Scarlet Knights out-rebounded UCF by a 41-33 margin and limited the hosts to 38.9 percent shooting. UCF benefitted from a 21-10 advantage in points-off-turnovers.
Mack and Jack are both prominent among The American leaders. Mack is first in free throw percentage (.890), second in steals (1.9), seventh in assists (4.3), eighth in scoring (15.5) and 11th assist/turnover ratio (1.6). Jack is fifth in rebounding (7.0), 10th in field goal percentage (.498) and blocks (1.3) and 12th in scoring (14.4).
USF suffered 61-56 home loss to UConn on Wednesday night. The Bulls out-rebounded the Huskies 39-29 and held a 28-22 halftime lead, but UConn utilized a 20-6 advantage in points-off-turnovers to earn the victory. Senior forward Victor Rudd scored 14 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished-out five assists to pace USF. He leads the team in both scoring (15.3) and rebounding (6.8).