The Irish Basketball Team looks to redeem themselves against the Scarlet Knights in Piscataway, N.J, after coming off their loss to the Connecticut Huskies. Notre Dame comes into this game against Rutgers with a record of 11-7, this game is a must win for the Irish because three of their next four games are against top 25 teams who all happen to be in the Big East as well. After their loss against West Virginia the Scarlet Knights look to improve their record to 11-8 against the Irish.
The key for the Irish to win this game is to increase their production from the bench; in their loss against the Huskies Notre Dame’s bench only scored a total of six points. On the other hand Rutgers looks to improve their rebounding totals, in their last game they were out rebounded 45-33. Neither teams are solid on the boards, so expect that to be one of the main focuses throughout the game. Jack Cooley will have to capitalize on rebounding tonight if Notre Dame plans on bringing a victory back to South Bend. The Irish will again look towards their two leaders, Scott Martin and Eric Atkins, to get another key Big East victory. If the rest of the team does not start providing a boost, the next four games could be a long stretch for the Irish.
The Irish could easily be caught looking ahead to their big game against #1 Syracuse in South Bend, but I expect them to pull out a come from behind win in Piscataway. Look for Eric Atkins to have another big game tonight and the Irish to win the rebounding category in order to improve to 12-7. Follow Slap The Sign on Facebook as well as on Twitter @SlaptheSign.