The Huskies travel to Rutgers, the RAC, for the last time (at least as a conference opponent) for a Saturday night game. The Scarlet Knights have been through quite a mess, with the Mike Rice controversy erupting a year ago, and various issues springing up as the program made new hires.
There seems to be stability, or at least peace and quiet now under Eddie Jordan, but the Knights, who are going into the Big 10 next season, are struggling on the court, 8-11 overall, 2-4 in the American Athletic Conference.
Here’s a look at UConn’s next opponent:
- The last time UConn went to Piscataway, in January 2012, it was the day Jim Calhoun returned from his three-game NCAA suspension. UConn lost – still can’t figure out how that happened with that team – and the season began to spiral downward.
- Among the still-familiar names playing for the Knights are Myles Mack, averaging 16.5 points, and Kadeem Jack, 13.0 and 6.7 rebounds, and Wally Judge, 8.2 and 6.9.
- Rutgers is shooting 43.1 percent from the floor, allowing opponents 42.5 percent. The Knights are at plus-1 in rebounding.
- Among common opponents, Rutgers beat Yale by two points, beat Temple by five, beat Central Florida by 10, lost to Louisville by seven, lost to Houston by 12, to Southern Methodist by 14.
- The game is on ESPNU.
- Kevin Ollie played for Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan in the NBA.
- Jordan, 58, played on Rutgers Final Four team in 1976, the team that eliminated Dee Rowe’s most successful UConn team along the NCAA tournament way, on March 18, 1976.
- UConn has won 34 of the 48 games it has played against Rutgers dating back to 1952, however, including 11 of the last 12.
- UConn figures to have will have all its players, including Ryan Boatright, for this game Saturday night.
- Could be snow showers on Saturday, so if you’re driving down from Connecticut, keep that in mind.
- Here’s a story on DeAndre Daniels’ up-and-down season in the Thursday Courant.