AAC Basketball Conference Play Preview and Predictions: Rutgers Scarlet Knights

By Daniel Karpuc
Kadeem Jack
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If you’re a Rutgers Scarlet Knights fan, I encourage you to stop reading before you start. This won’t be pretty. Rutgers is currently 6-7 which isn’t good, but when I inform you who they lost against you might gag. So far, the Scarlet Knights have lost to Alabama-Birmingham, Drexel, William and Mary, Fairleigh Dickinson, Seton Hall, and Princeton. They arguably should have won every one of those games. They have struggled in wins against Florida A&M, Yale, D-2 Stillman College, and against Army.

Myles Mack, Kadeem Jack, and J.J. Moore lead the team, scoring 16.5, 14, and 12.6 points per game respectively. However, the lack of defensive play and timely offense, especially in the half-court setting, will prevent this team from seeing any success this season which is their first and only in the American Athletic Conference.

Here’s how I think the AAC schedule will turn out for the Scarlet Knights.

They will beat Temple and Central Florida in home games. And, uh, that’s it. I don’t see this squad having the heart, talent, or ability to go into an opposing arena and come out victorious, even against the teams I have projected to finish around the bottom.

They will lose the rest of their contests and finish 2-16 in AAC play, thus becoming the DePaul of the old Big East for this season. Hopefully for his sake, Eddie Jordan will be able to get some talent into the school in the next few seasons. This season his team will finish 8-23 and be the laughingstock of the AAC.

Dan Karpuc is an American Athletic Conference basketball writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @dan_karpuc, “Like” him on Facebook, and add him to your network on Google.

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