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2013-14 Rutgers Men’s Hoops Season Notables
  • Posted on March 19, 2014 11:34:58 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The Rutgers men’s basketball team had many notable accomplishments during the 2013-14 season under first-year head coach Eddie Jordan. Despite a 12-21 overall record, there were numerous positives to build upon entering the Big Ten Conference for the 2014-15 campaign.

    - The Scarlet Knights were picked 10th in the American Athletic Conference preseason coaches poll and finished seventh in the league standings. The three position differential between projected and actual finish tied for the best in the league with Cincinnati (4th/t-1st) and SMU (6th/t-3rd).

    - RU defeated USF in the opening round of the AAC Championship, its third win over the Bulls during the season. It marked the first time the Scarlet Knights had defeated a foe three times in a season since 1988-89, when it completed the trifecta versus St. Bonaventure when Jordan was an assistant under Bob Wenzel.

    - Fifteen of Rutgers’ games this season were played against opponents that earned post-season invites, including 10 NCAA (Louisville, 3; Cincinnati, 2; UConn, 2; Memphis, 2; George Washington, 1), two NIT (SMU, 2), one CBI (Princeton) and two CIT (Yale, Canisius).

    - Rutgers players earned seven conference honors during the course of the season. Junior Kadeem Jack (Queens, N.Y.) received the league’s inaugural Player of the Week honor on Nov. 11 and was named to the weekly Honor Roll Jan. 6, Feb. 10 and March 3. Junior Myles Mack (Paterson, N.J.) was named to the Honor Roll Dec. 16 and Jan. 20 and senior J.J. Moore (Brentwood, N.Y.) was cited on the Honor Roll on Feb. 3.

    - Mack concluded the season ranked 10th nationally and first in the conference in free throw percentage, making an impressive 89.5 percent from the charity stripe. He was also among the top 100 players nationally in total steals (86th, 54.0), total assists (88th, 142.0). Mack ranked first in the AAC in FT%, fifth in 3-point FGS made (2.1), tied for sixth in steals (1.6), seventh in assists (4.3) and 10th in both scoring (14.9) and assist/turnover ratio (1.6).

    - Jack ranked seventh in the AAC in rebounding (6.8), eighth in FG% (.501) and 11th in both scoring (14.3) and blocks (1.3). He ranked 87th nationally in FG%. Jack was 13-of-13 at the free throw line in the win at USF, the best single game performance in the AAC this season, while also tying for the third best in RU history.

    - The Scarlet Knights rebounded well to close the season, out-rebounding its opponents in four of its final six games, including a +9 margin at No. 19 UConn and +5 against No. 15 Cincinnati. In conference games, RU led the league in defensive rebounding percentage (.681).

    - Rutgers ranked third in the AAC in free throw percentage, shooting .707 percent. It marked RU’s best team mark at the charity stripe since shooting .719 percent in 2008-09.

    - Looking ahead, Rutgers will have home-and-home meetings with Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Penn State and Purdue during its inaugural Big Ten Conference campaign in 2014-15. The Scarlet Knights will also welcome Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State and Wisconsin to the RAC next season. On the road in Big Ten play in 2014-15, Rutgers will travel to Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska. In non-conference play, RU will compete in the third annual Barclays Center Classic in Brooklyn, which will also feature ACC regular-season champion Virginia, Vanderbilt, and La Salle.

    - Three highly-touted prospects - guard Bishop Daniels (Raleigh, N.C.), forward D.J. Foreman (Spring Valley, N.Y.) and guard Mike Williams (Brooklyn, N.Y.) - have completed the necessary paperwork and are expected to enroll at Rutgers University for the fall of 2014.

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