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The “Let’s Hope For A Garden Party” Game Thread: Rutgers v. Fordham

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How To Watch, Stream & Listen

Rutgers (10-1) v. Fordham (5-6)

Where: Madison Square Garden in New York City

Tip-off: Sunday at 1:00 p.m. EST

TV: None

Stream: Facebook Live - Danny Breslauer and Austin Johnson

Radio: WCTC 1450 AM - Jerry Recco & Joe Boylan; WRSU 88.7 FM - Gabe Sustick and Matt Salvatore

KenPom Rankings: Rutgers #132; Fordham #200

KenPom Prediction: Rutgers 65 FDU 61; Rutgers is given a 63% chance to win.

Series History: Fordham leads the series 19-15 but Rutgers has won the past three games. The last meeting was a 94-83 Rutgers win at the RAC on December 11, 2002.

Holiday Festival History: Rutgers has an 11-9 all-time record in this event, dating back to their first appearance in 1974.

Special Ceremony: Rutgers legend and former New York Knicks player Hollis Copeland is being honored as one of four legends by the ECAC. The ceremony will take place during halftime of the first game of the event between St. John’s and Penn State. Copeland is 5th all-time in scoring and 6th all-time in rebounding in program history.

Game Preview

Huge game today and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Rutgers needs to close out the games on their schedule they’ve been expected to win by finishing things off against Fordham. The Scarlet Knights need to come out focused and sharp, attacking the rim and crashing the boards. If they can do that from the opening tip, they could win this game easily. They can’t afford to look ahead of this game with blood rival Seton Hall looming next. Distractions can lead to a disaster and Rutgers must take care of the basketball and limit their fouls to prevent Fordham from punishing them from the free throw line.

I’ll be at the Garden for this one and hopefully we will have a good turnout from the RU faithful. If you cannot make it, credit the athletic department for making this happen:

If only this game was played at an arena that has their own television network. Oh wait....ah, nevermind. Anyway, let’s hope for this team to build off a solid performance in their win over FDU earlier this week. Take care of business today in the city and the hype train for the Seton Hall game can begin in earnest.

Let’s go RU and you can also follow us here on twitter during the game for live updates. Join in the comment section below and I’ll have a full game recap later this afternoon.