Im not too sure about that, but its up to the Scarlet players. The Heels are very good. The roster is full of 5 star recruits. Not only are they undefeated, but they have dominated on the court. The year to date schedule and resulting statistics could be questioned, but Im not sure it matters and it shouldnt matter to the Knights of Old Queens. UNC has slipped by Davidson, hammered Iona, crushed South Carolina State, slaughtered Penn, and has beat down ODU, BYU, Ohio State and Kentucky by an average of 12 points per game. Where will Rutgers fit in? Where do they want to fit in ? They gave Florida a run for their money for 15 minutes, were handily defeated by Nebraska, and have stumbled a bit with all of their other opponents so far.
Superstar (#50) Tyler Hansbrough, the 69 250lb forward has lead the Wooden Watch list for three weeks in a row. As most of you know, the John Wooden Award is college basketballs most prestigious individual honor. Hansbrough is averaging 21.4ppg on 54.5% shooting, and 9.6 rebounds per game. He rarely takes a 3 point shot. He prefers a game down low. Take that JR Inman and you other Scarlet Knights. Heres your chance to show him up and shut him down. Do it alone, do it as a team.
Heres the lowdown on their top 8 players:
#50 Tyler Hansbrough 69 250 F 21.4 ppg 54.5% / 9.6 rbpg
#22 Wayne Ellington 64 200 G 17.4 ppg 49.5% / 3.8 rbpg / 47% 3pt
#14 Danny Green 66 210 G/F 14.0 ppg 54.8% / 4.4 rbpg / 40% 3pt
#5 - Ty Lawson 511 195 G 11.0 ppg 59.1% / 1.0 rbpg / 36% 3pt
#21 Deon Thompson 68 240 F 8.5 ppg 53.2% / 4.6 rbpg
#1 - Marcus Gilyard 65 218 G/F 7.0 ppg 35.6% / 4.9 rbpg
#32 Alex Stepheson 69 235 F 3.9 ppg 56.5% / 5.8 rbpg
#4 - Bobby Frasor 63 208 G 3.0 ppg 34.6%/ 2.1 rbpg / 50% 3pt
As a team The Heels shoot 71.5% from the free throw line. Guards only shoot 3 pointers. Forwards play at the post.
No one will give the Knights a snowballs chance. The game is on ESPN. Not ESPN2. Not ESPNU. The TV cameras and the national audience are there for UNC, not Rutgers.
For Rutgers to be successful, they will need to play aggressive and relentless basketball for 40 minutes.
The Sunday primetime spotlight could be used by the Scarlet Knights to showcase players like JR Inman and super freshmen Corey Chandler. Playing the number one team in the nation is a rare opportunity. Therefore, the Knights and their fans will need to rise to the challenge.
In back to back seasons, the Rutgers football team has defeated a top 10 opponent
at home. It is yet to be seen if the Men's basketball team can evoke the same