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From the Cheap Seats: 4 Thoughts On Molloy

Rutgers defeated Molloy in the first game of the Pikiell Era

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Steve Pikiell is fun to watch on the sidelines: Whether coaching his offense and being halfway on to the court, or coaching defense in a defensive stance, Steve Pikiell has energy. It’s not the brimming, seething anger of Mike Rice on the sidelines and it’s not the ho-hum day to day look of Eddie Jordan. I felt Pikiell was positive, upbeat, and doing everything he could to urge the Scarlet Knights on.

CJ Gettys Knows His Way Around a Hoop: The man among boys was a beast against Molloy. Once he started to assert himself the much smaller D-II team had no answer. Can Gettys do this against better competition? Also, can he keep himself out of foul trouble? If the answers are yes, then he is good enough to keep defenders honest and open things up for the guards.

This was a different Corey Sanders: And that’s not a bad thing. I don’t know if it was because of the competition or the coaching, but Sanders never tried to take over the game. Instead, he did his best to facilitate. At my last check, he had 8 assists. He tried to move the ball quickly against the zone and didn’t force too many shots. He will need to take over at times this year, he’s too good, but giving others confidence was huge.

Rutgers is gonna see a ton of zone this year: For most of the first half, it didn’t appear Rutgers could shoot—like practice reports told us. And then Mike Williams and Issa Thiam found a groove. But teams know Rutgers has a hard time from deep and they will pack the middle until the Scarlet Knights prove otherwise.

For a full recap, and Aaron’s thoughts, read his post here.