Mitchell shot 56.7 percent (17-30) from the field and 57.1 percent (4-7) from behind the arc for the week. He had 16 points and seven rebounds at Monmouth. The 23-point win over the Hawks marked the largest margin of victory for Rutgers on the road since an 81-56 win at La Salle on Dec. 5, 2001. Versus Fairleigh Dickinson, Mitchell shot 10-of-15 to score 22 points with six rebounds.
--From Scarlet Knights.com. For the full article, click the headline.
I was curious about this, so I looked up the national rankings on kenpom. Of 345 DI basketball programs, Rutgers ranks in all the way down at 332nd. After losing to Princeton by 5 and St. Joe's by 6, would Rutgers be undefeated right now if that one little nasty reminder of Fred Hill's tenure was not still lingering? I hope that isn't a nagging issue all year, because if it is it is going to cost the team more close games.
By the way, another fun stat is to use StatSheet's referee tracker.
One of the extremely bad signs going into last year's basketball season was that Siena supposedly pounded Rutgers in a preseason. scrimmage. No official statistics have been released, but it doesn't look like that was the case this season. Removing Fran McCaffery and adding Mike Rice into the equation made a world of difference.
Rice was one of several area coaches on Mike Francesa's WFAN show this afternoon. This interview with Kadeem Jack is worth reading too.
Update: it turns out Siena is in hot water because of this story.