Rutgers won another one in a rout, this time with a score of 95-66. Let’s get to the four thoughts!
Bombs away: Rutgers put on its second consecutive three point shooting show, dropping in 14 threes. Most impressive of which has been Eugene Omoruyi, who swore he developed a three pointer in the off-season and has so far proved it. He’s 6 of 7 on the year, and was 4-4 today. Really impressive showing by this team. I’ve long said that making threes can make an under talented team dangerous. This team has potential to be dangerous. If anything, they are confident.
Defensive Liability: The defense really has to get better. There have been flashes so far—in both games, Rutgers locked down their opponent toward the end of the game when they needed to to pull away. But so far this isn’t the same defensive squad Rutgers fans have witnessed the last two years. Tiny, quick guards are having little trouble getting to the hoops early in games. With Shamorie Ponds and Mustapha Heron coming to town on Friday night, that’s something to watch out for.
This is Geo Baker’s Team: Sure, Omoruyi (who led the team in scoring with 24) and Shaq Doorson are the captains, but as Geo goes, so go the Scarlet Knights. Baker paced Rutgers tonight with 20 points and 6 assists to only 3 turnovers. Baker gets the ball moving and is still learning the point position, but he opened the scoring and has twice led the team in minutes played (tonight, 32). Baker is the focal point for the opponent’s defense too. He’s been impressive so far.
Pack the RAC: Okay, this team can really score it. They move the ball really smoothly. There’s a lot to like with this team. And St. John’s is talented. Friday night they’re coming to the RAC. There is no excuse not to fill the building and be loud. This is a good early test for Pikiell’s crew.
Bonus: Hey, look who was season ticket holder of the game!