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Enjoying the Build: 4 Thoughts on Fordham

Rutgers wins.

NCAA Basketball: Fordham at Rutgers Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

The Scarlet Knights took care of business tonight, 75-63. I have thoughts.

Corey Sanders Scores 1,000...and more: Corey Sanders was important tonight. He didn’t force the issue. He came into the game needed 3 points to break the 1,000 point barrier. But Sanders didn’t come into the game chucking threes. He helped out his teammates, moved the ball and played tough D. Late in the first half, he got to the line and sunk 2 free throws. Then, with just over 30 seconds left in the half, Sanders drove the lane and hit a scoop shot and hit the record. Corey then played a strong second half, finishing with 12 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds.

Sleepwalking Game: Rutgers had this game in the bag and went up as many as 22 with about 5 minutes left. But Rutgers defense lapsed a bit and the Rams cut the lead to 11 in a blink of an eye. Rutgers was able to do just enough to keep the Rams at arms length, but tried to force the issue a lot, instead of moving the ball.

Deshawn Freeman Steps Up: Freeman pulled down another double double and led the team in scoring with 14 points. Rutgers needs the inside out game and seeing that kind of touch from Freeman, plus Candido Sa stepping up with 10 points and dunking the ball can go a long way toward opening things up for the guards. Hopefully both big men can build on this.

And now... Seton Hall: The Hall steamrolled St. Peter’s tonight and is clicking on all cylinders. But the building will be full and rocking and Rutgers can make a huge statement with a win. It won’t be easy. Apparently Jay Williams predicted a 25 point win for the Hall tonight on ESPN. But Rutgers has come to play against top teams so far this year. They need the ball to roll in the hoop to have a chance at an upset, but you know the defense and effort will be there. This should be a match-up for the ages. Be ready to scream.

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