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Embracing Expectations: 4 Thoughts on Lafayette

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

Rutgers thoroughly dominated Lafayette 63-44. Four thoughts before Christmas break.

What a start: I was nervous about this game. Lafayette was one of the best three point shooting teams in the country and Rutgers, under Pikiell, has been known to start slow and have been upset before holiday breaks. But Rutgers came out and dropped a 17-0 run on the Leopards to start the game and never looked back. The past three games, Rutgers has outscored their opponents 40-0 to start. That’s good coaching and preparation. If Rutgers can take this show on the road, they’d really have something.

Myles, the monster: Aaron called it in his game preview and Rutgers executed to a T. Myles Johnson went off for 18 points and 14 rebounds. Lafayette had no answer for him. He never got in foul trouble and dominated this game. Johnson’s development has been something to watch and he is has a chance to become one of the premiere big men in the conference. His long arms and reach are incredible and he has such great hands that he can get to everything.

Paul Passes and Scores: This was also Paul Mulcahy’s best game. He has such great court vision, but today he also looked for his own shot. He had ten points and five steals, but he was all over the court for hustle points too. Another player who is just making the most of his chances. He knows exactly where each player needs the ball to be successful and can get it to them. He is going to be a key piece going forward.

Maybe this team is... good? I mentioned it in my first thought, but by blowing this squad out when they could have sleepwalked through it is such a great sign. It shows that the Scarlet Knights are completely locked in and want to win each game. They are 9-0 at home and seem like they can take on anyone at the RAC. Take care of Caldwell and let’s see where we stand on January 1.

Happy Holidays everyone!