Basketball Scouting Report: Rutgers

Not much has gone well for Rutgers basketball in the past month... or the past year... or the past few decades. Rutgers hasn't made the NCAA tournament since 1991, and it hasn't won an NCAA tournament game since 1983. A program that has only one great season to its credit, a run to the 1976 Final Four, is starting from scratch this season. Army gets a chance to knock off the Scarlet Knights.


RUTGERS AT-A-GLANCE

Rutgers gained plenty of publicity last year when its coach at the time, Mike Rice, was fired after his methods at practice were revealed for all to see, casting the program in a negative light.

Unfortunately for first-year coach Eddie Jordan, things haven't gotten much better. Rutgers has limped to a 5-7 start with some rather disappointing losses. After stopping a losing streak its last time out, Rutgers looks to win its second game in a row, with Army standing in its way.

Starting Lineup

Forward – Kadeem Jack –
Junior, 6-9, 230; 2013-14: 14.8 points per game, 7.1 rebounds per game, 1.1 assists per game

Jack is one of two forwards on the team averaging over seven rebounds per game. His 14.8 points per game average is good for second on the team, and he shoots at a very effective 56.5-percent clip from the floor.

Forward – Wally Judge – Senior, 6-9, 250; 2013-14: 8.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg

Judge is clearly second fiddle to Kadeem Jack in the frontcourt for the Scarlet Knights, but he does a fair amount of work on the glass and as a rim protector to contribute to the larger cause. He struggles mightily from the foul line at just under 47 percent. There's no reason to concede an easy bucket to him.

Guard – Jerome Seagears – Junior, 6-1, 175; 2013-14: 9.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 4.3 apg

Seagears is one of the two main distributors on the Scarlet Knights. However, he's not afraid to take his own shot, and when he does decide to look for his own offense, he shoots a decent percentage from three-point range.

Guard – Myles Mack – Junior, 5-9, 175; 2013-14: 16.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 4.1 apg

Mack leads the team in scoring, although his points are the result of an average of about 12 shots per game. He contributes to this team in a number of areas and is one of the more all-around weapons Rutgers possesses.

Forward – J.J Moore – Senior, 6-6, 215; 2013-14:13 ppg, 4.2 rpg

Moore is third on the team in scoring and has a knack for getting to the free throw line, where he shoots over 84 percent. Army must be able to defend him without fouling.

Keys to the Game

1) Protect the three-point line.
Rutgers isn't a great three-point shooting team, but it isn't terrible, either. The Scarlet Knights shoot moderately well from long distances, and three-point defense has been a weak aspect of Army's profile for much of the season to date.

2) Limit turnovers. Rutgers has done a relatively good job in the assist-to-turnover department all season. If Army gives away too many possessions, Rutgers is unlikely to give them back.

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