Notre Dame won their only regular season matchup at home against the Scarlet Knights, who are now 15-15 after beating DePaul by 19 points. In that game Rutgers scored 11 points over their season average (65.5 ppg) and that ranks 224th in the NCAA. With Eli Carter out they have struggled to score, but last night their big man Wally Judge was 9-9 from the floor and had 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 blocks. The Scarlet Knights will need a performance like that once again if they want to win against the Irish. Myles Mack is Rutgers leading scorer this season since Carter went out with an injury. Mack is averaging 13.5 points this season.
The last time these two teams met up it was Eli Carter leading his team with 20 points and Myles Mack was the only other player in double digits with 12. Other than those two players they didn’t have much scoring against Notre Dame. The Irish will be without Scott Martin against Rutgers, but Tom Knight has come on as of late and should be able to get his game going tonight. Jack Cooley had one of his many double doubles against the Scarlet Knights in their first meeting.
If Coach Brey runs the offense through Jack Cooley and gets him his touches then Notre Dame should win the game. The Irish offense has started to sputter over the last month or so, with many disappointing shooting nights, but they are a good shooting team and are second in assists in the country. They move the ball well, but if they need scoring they should look to Cooley or Grant in the end and the game should turn out in their favor. The winner of this game will face Marquette tomorrow at 9 p.m. on ESPN.