Rutgers dominated Fairleigh Dickinson 92-54. I have thoughts.
Geo Baker Keep Growing: I think it was Jerry Carino who tweeted that it looked like Geo and Corey Sanders have played together for several years. That was true. Baker had a double double tonight in both points and assists. Geo was an offensive powerhouse, both assisting on an alley oop and receiving from from Corey Sanders as well. It’s clear Steve Pikiell is going to have to find ways to get Baker a rest because he’s so valuable. You don’t want Geo having dead legs at the end of important games.
Stepping on a Team: Rutgers did what it was supposed to tonight. They stepped on the gas and ran through a Fairleigh Dickinson team that didn’t look good. At one point, I believe it was 42-16. Unlike the game against NJIT where Rutgers sleepwalked, this time Rutgers was active on the boards and on offense. This was never in doubt.
Rutgers Needs This Kind of Play out of its guards: Teams are packing it in against Rutgers, negating the room Deshawn Freeman often needs to operate. If the guards: Mike Williams, Geo Baker and Corey Sanders (plus lanky wing Issa Thiam) can have these kinds of nights in the Big Ten, it will open things up. Like Pikiell said in the radio postgame, if Rutgers can score like this, it will be interesting.
Another Tough Stretch on the Horizon: Fordham and Seton Hall await next week. The Seton Hall game is sold out next Saturday and the place should be rocking, but don’t look past Fordham. The Rams are an Atlantic Ten team and recruit like such. They will be a test for Rutgers, especially with finals, a four day break and Seton Hall coming up. Let’s see how Rutgers reacts.