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UCF Visits the RAC

Rutgers meets its AAC rival for the first time in their history.

Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

Rutgers returns to Piscataway tomorrow night, looking to rebound from their 20 point loss at Cincinnati.  It is as close to a must win as the team can get if they want to keep some life in the building during the rest of their conference schedule.  UCF is 9-5 and 1-2 in conference.  Last year they won 20 games, and had a high RPI.

Here are the keys:

--Contain Isaiah Sykes: The senior is the player who makes the Knights go.  He's averaged 19.7 points in their conference games and much like DeCosey of Temple, he can go off at any time.  Rutgers is going to have to contain him to have chance.

--Play Your Game: When Rutgers runs their sets, they look the part.  Too often when things go wrong, Rutgers can't recover and they get off their game.  Tomorrow, they have to continue to be patient and work the way Eddie Jordan wants them to work.

--Get Jerome Seagears Healthy:  Seagears practiced today, and there's a chance he can go tomorrow. Having Jerome adds a ton of depth to the Knights.  Guard depth hurt late against the Bearcats, so having Jerome coming off the bench will add a nice dimension and give Myles Mack a breather.

--Rebound and Defend: Rutgers has done this pretty well lately.  They are playing their tempo, and they need to continue to do it tomorrow.

One last note:  Myles Mack has a chance to score 1000 points for his career tomorrow night.  He currently sits at 996.  He would be the first junior to do it since Quincy Douby.  (Jerry Carino points out that MIke Roasario did it as a sophomore.)

Get to the RAC!