The Scarlet Knights men's basketball team's out-of-conference schedule for 2008-2009 has been deemed "filled with cupcakes" prior to the Dec. 28 tilt at North Carolina.
Rutgers, which went 1-2 last season against the local MAAC (losses to Rider and Saint Peter's and a win over Manhattan), will get three more shots at the conference in the first two months of its slate.
RU takes on Marist in its opener on Nov. 14 at the RAC, squares off against Saint Peter's at the RAC on Nov. 30 and travels to Trenton to face off against Rider on Dec. 6.
The MAAC preseason polls have been released for the 10-team league, with Rider at No. 3, Saint Peter's at No. 9 and Marist at the bottom at No. 10.
Rider forward Ryan Thompson, the brother of 2008 NBA first-round pick Jason Thompson, made Preseason First Team All-MAAC.
Siena was picked to win the league, just seven months removed from stunning Vanderbilt in an opening round 4-seed vs. 13-seed match-up in the NCAA Tournament.