The Headline – Rutgers is off to a 2-0 start, but the play is not where coach Eddie Jordan wants it. In two victories, Rutgers let its opponents hang around for too long, and have to be more decisive when the competition rises against St. John’s.
“Obviously we have to get to that point with the lead, but I didn’t like the way we closed out the last two games,” said coach Eddie Jordan. “We were sloppy. We were not executing properly. I want us to close out games if we’re leading, when we’re leading.”
St. John’s (2-0) hosts Rutgers at Carnessecca Arena, which marks the career first road game for five Rutgers players.
“It’s going to be pretty hostile environment,” Jordan said. “Can we keep our composure? Can we stay focused? Can we not get distracted? That the biggest a challenge.”
St. John’s has regular-season wins over Wagner (66-57) and UMBC (75-53) after an embarrassing exhibition loss to St. Thomas Aquinas.
“We don’t listen to that at all,” Jordan said on St. John’s preseason struggles “We don’t look into that at all. We prepare, first, for what we need to do as a team for anybody that we play. Then we lock into some of their special plays and plays that they run high volume. We’ve done that already today. We’ll do it some more tomorrow.”
Worth Noting – At 2-0, Jordan is not married to the same starting five for tip-off against St. John’s. Rutgers started Mike Williams, Bishop Daniels, Jonathan Laurent, D.J. Foreman and Greg Lewis for the first two games.
When asked about the same five against St. John’s, Jordan said “maybe – don’t know yet.”
Quote of the Day – “We look at it every day coming into practice. It has a chip on our shoulder. You know how that stuff goes. We don’t like to pay attention to it, but when you’re the last one, you’ve got to pay attention to it, so we just use it as motivation every day we come in.— Guard Corey Sanders on preseason rankings.