"I think it's a great accomplishment, but I don't think I could have done it without my teammates from the three years that I was here," said the 5-foot-9 Mack after Tuesday's practice. "I just want to thank those guys for helping me. … I'm just grateful for those guys being there for me."
Mack is nowhere near Phil Sellers' all-time mark of 2,399, but has a good chance of passing his head coach. Jordan sits at No. 7 with 1,632 career points at Rutgers.
"[One-thousand points] wasn't something I was really thinking about," Mack said. "I just wanted to come in and play. I guess I've been playing pretty well these last three years. I'm thankful that I can reach this milestone."
His Rutgers teammates are ready to give him a big cheer when he reaches the mark, but have their focus on beating UCF and getting back to .500 in American Athletic Conference action.
"That's a big accomplishment, and it's a guy who is one of the greatest teammates out there," said senior J.J. Moore, who needs 173 points to get to 1,000 of his own. "It's a big accomplishment for him, having been here for three years and the stuff that he's gone through. Hopefully it sparks him to go off for us against UCF."
Junior guard Jerome Seagears (ankle) looked good in practice Tuesday, and is likely to return to the bench tonight, Jordan said.
Former Tennessee head coach Bruce Pearl will be tonight's color analyst for the game, which airs on ESPNews.