PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- The key to beating Michigan is to not focus on Michigan, said Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan. Following the turnover and defensive struggles for the Scarlet Knights against Minnesota, the key comes in fixing those mistakes. Jordan broke it down following Monday afternoon's RAC practice.
Rutgers enters tonight's tipoff against Michigan as the favorite, but needs to find rest for Myles Mack to pull off the win.
Rutgers' star guard, who scored his 1,500th point against Minnesota, averages 37.5 minutes per game in Big Ten play. Eddie Jordan wants that number down -- immediately.
"[Mack] needs help from me," Jordan said. "I need to get him out of the game. He’s making fatigue plays, he thinks he’s not tired but there were about four or five fatigue plays where he’s dying on the screen or he’s not executing. He’s not focused enough mentally, and it’s not his fault, it’s my fault."
Rutgers (10-9, 2-4) faces Michigan without the Wolverines star player. Guard Caris LeVert, a All-Big Ten preseason selection, suffered a season-ending foot injury against Northwestern.
"Right now, we were so bad -- transition was bad, pick and roll defense was bad, screening defense was poor, so it's about us," Jordan said when asked about Michigan's injury situation. "... You can't be successful specifically with them unless you, overall, have your coverage correct."
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