After getting drubbed by Miami, Rutgers returns home to face off against Sacred Heart in the first round of the Cancun Challenge. Sacred Heart is coming to the RAC fresh off a victory over future Rutgers opponent Stony brook. In that game all of the Sacred Heart starters dropped in double digits points.
What does Rutgers have to do to win?
Find out after the jump...1. Control the Tempo: This has been a problem in both games so far. Rutgers guards have been unable to push the tempo and run some fast breaks. There were a few more breaks during the Miami game, but not enough to be called a strength for the team. Myles Mack and Jerome Seagears have struggled at times pushing the ball and in the half court and it's hurt RU.
2. Find an Inside Presence: Austin Johnson hasn't found his stroke yet, and hasn't been able to draw fouls. Gilvydas Biruta hasn't been able to get going (notably his 0-4 from the foul line against the Hurricanes). Feed these guys the ball and get them rolling.
3. Get Austin Carroll the Ball: Carroll was smart against Miami, taking the shots that came to him. He didn't force anything and therefore he didn't miss anything. When his shots weren't there, he tried to find the open man. If he's going to play this way, keep getting him the ball.
Dane Miller finally needs to impose his will as well.
Honestly, Rutgers should be able to win this game if they play their game. The biggest key is doing just that. Rebound, defend and control the tempo. Don't force things and get the ball out on fast breaks. If Rutgers is able to do that, they should walk away with a double digit win. If not, it'll be another interesting night.
And with a young team, that is entirely too possible.