Marist at Rutgers
WHEN: 8 p.m.
WHERE: Louis Brown Athletic Center
ON THE AIR: Radio: 710, 1450 (Chris Carlin, Dick Lloyd)
SERIES: First meeting
SCOUTING MARIST: The Red Foxes finished tied for fifth in the MAAC last season at 11-7 in the conference and 18-14 overall. This team is extremely young and inexperienced with just two seniors and two juniors. Junior point guard David Devezin, who averaged 9.7 points and 4.5 asssists per game last season, is the team’s leading returner in points, assists and steals. Devezin is the only Red Fox who averaged at least five points per game last season. The team’s leading returning rebounder is senior forward Ryan Schneider, who averaged just 2.5 rebounds per game last season.
SCOUTING RUTGERS: Like Marist, Rutgers will also be playing a lot of freshmen and sophomores. Unlike Marist, the Scarlet Knights return almost their entire roster from last year. Freshman guard Mike Rosario had 23 points and was 5-for-8 from 3-point range in Monday’s exhibition game, and he is expected to be the team’s leading scorer in many games this season. Marist has just two players taller than 6-foot-7, so Gregory Echenique, Hamady Ndiaye and Christian Morris should be able to dominate in the paint. With the talented youth on this team, it will be important for senior point guard Anthony Farmer to play efficiently and take care of the ball.
FAST FACTS: Rutgers sophomore guard Corey Chandler did not suit up for Monday’s exhibition game due to what head coach Fred Hill described as personal issues, but he will be in uniform and playing tonight. The Scarlet Knights will be without seniors JR Inman and Jaron Griffin, who are suspended indefinitely. While Inman and Griffin are out, role players like Earl Pettis, Patrick Jackson and Christian Morris will have to step up.This is the first ever meeting between Rutgers and Marist. Canisius is the only other MAAC team that the Scarlet Knights have never faced. Rutgers is 46-19 all-time against MAAC teams, including 1-2 last year. Along with tonight’s Robert Morris-St. Bonaventure game, this game will tip off the inaugural Garden State Challenge, a series of games between Rutgers, Marist, St. Bonaventure, Delaware and Robert Morris.