Last time out: The Wildcats and Scarlet Knights last faced each other back on January 4, 1982 with the Scarlet Knights handing UNH a 65-51 loss. The inaugural meeting came during the 1978-79 season when Rugters recorded an 83-73 victory. Both games were played at Rutgers.
All Time Series: Rutgers Leads 2-0
Last UNH win: none
Last RUTGERS win: 65-61 (January 4, 1982)
Who To Watch For
Wildcat senior point guard Jermaine Anderson leads the team in scoring, averaging 16.0 points per game. Anderson netted 13 points and tallied seven assists in a loss to Long Island on Saturday. Sophomore guard Tyrece Gibbs is the only Wildcat to appear in the starting lineup through all seven games, averaging 9.7 points and 23-of-58 (39.7%) from the floor. Senior Blagoj Janev is second on the team in scoring (13.0 ppg) and is coming off an 18 point performance against Long Island.
For Rutgers, sophomore forward Jaron Griffin led the Scarlet Knights with a career-high 16 points, shooting 4-of-5 from behind the three-point arc, tying a career-high for three-point field goals made in a 75-73 victory over Nebraska. Senior forward Frank Russell also enjoyed a career day, coming off the bench to register career-bests in points (11) and rebounds (10). Senior guard Marquis Webb and Inman also scored in double-digits, as Webb scored 13 points and JR Inman chipped in 12 points.
Inman leads all scorers with 13.3 points per game, while Griffin and Webb average 9.1 and 8.3 points per game respectively.
Stealing the Show
Senior co-captain Jermaine Anderson recently tied UNH alum Tommy MacDonald for tenth all-time with 111 career steals. Anderson moved into the top ten when he posted a steal against Long Island on Saturday.
Janev Moves Up On All-Time Scoring List
Senior co-captain Blagoj Janev posted 18 points against Long Island on Sunday afternoon and now has compiled 1,028 career points, placing him 17th on UNH’s all-time scoring list.
On The Road Again...
The Wildcats endure a tough December road schedule with eight straight road games, including a visit to Kent State for a tournament on December 29. The Wildcats open America East play on the road to begin January with visits to defending champion University at Albany and rival Maine before playing host to Vermont in their first home game of 2007 on January 9.
The Wildcats have lost all three overtime games played this season. Saturday’s 70-62 loss marked the first time in Wildcat history that the team lost consecutive overtime games. The record for most overtime games played in a single season is four, which was set by the 1989-1990 team as they posted a 3-1 record.