Stillman (1-3) at Rutgers (3-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Monday, November 25, 7:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: The RAC (8,000) -- Piscataway, New Jersey. Television: None. Home Record: Stillman 0-1, Rutgers 3-2. Away Record: Stillman 1-1, Rutgers 0-1. Neutral Record: Stillman 0-1, Rutgers 0-0. Conference Record: Stillman 0-0, Rutgers 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAMES NOTES: As part of the NIT Season Tip-Off the Rutgers Scarlet Knights will take on the Stillman Tigers in the consolation round of the event at the RAC Monday night.
Stillman, coming out of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference at the Division II level, enters play on Monday with just one win in four matchups this year. The Tigers took losses to Alabama (102-65) and McNeese State (81-72) in the beginning of the Tip-Off but those games were considered exhibitions and are not reflected in the team's overall record.
After claiming a win over Canisius, 66-51, to kick off the event the Scarlet Knights have dropped their last two decisions with losses against Drexel (70-59) and William & Mary (72-62). The recent slide has Rutgers at an even 3-3 on the young season, the first under head coach Eddie Jordan.
Monday's match up marks the very first between these programs on the hardwood.
The Tigers put forth a better effort in their second go around in the Tip-Off against McNeese State. Stillman nailed 10 shots from beyond the arc but it had a difficult time on the interior with a 51-40 deficit on the boards. It was still a marked turnaround for the Tigers, who had 22 turnovers against Alabama.
It has been a difficult season on both ends of the floor for Stillman. The Tigers are scoring a respectable 71.3 points per game, but are doing so on just 36.3 percent shooting from the field. Stillman's offensive deficiencies are paired with an even weaker defensive effort, as foes are putting in 85.3 points per game, while connecting on 55.4 percent of their shots from the floor. Markeith Madison (15.7 ppg) is playing more than 38 minutes per game for the Tigers and for good reason, as he leads the team in scoring. Against McNeese State, Madison struggled to find his shooting touch, netting only 4- of-15 shots from the field.
Rutgers really failed itself in the second half against William & Mary. The Scarlet Knights held a 33-24 lead at the break but that went away in the final 20 minutes when they hit just 35.7 percent from the floor, allowed a 58.3 percent shooting effort from the Tribe and were outscored 16-4 from the free- throw line.
KaDeem Jack (16.5 ppg, 8.8 rpg) continued his strong play this season with 14 points and nine rebounds against the Tribe. Jack is the leading scorer on the roster and has been doing so while netting 53.9 percent of his shots from the field. Myles Mack (13.0 ppg) is the second option, but he has struggled with his shot, netting just 33.3 percent of his field-goal tries. Mack has also had issues with ball security as he has nearly as many turnovers (20) as assists (21). Jerome Seagears (10.7 ppg, 22 assists, 11 turnovers) is the steadier force in the backcourt, while J.J. Moore (10.7 pp, 5.0 rpg) has provided some additional scoring.
Rutgers should be able to get itself out of a rut against an inferior squad just looking to stay competitive for 40 minutes.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Rutgers 78, Stillman 63
11/25 10:34:06 ET