Rutgers Basketball Schedule: Scarlet Knights Lose To Villanova, 77-71

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Big East Tournament 2012: Mike Rice Says 'Rutgers Is Going To Happen'

The Rutgers men's basketball team ended a difficult 2011-2012 season on a down note Tuesday, getting blown out by Villanova, 70-49, in opening-round play of the Big East Conference tournament. The Scarlet Knights finished 14-19, but head coach Mike Rice is optimistic about the future of his team -- which featured all underclassmen.

"It's going to happen. Rutgers is going to happen. I keep telling anybody who's going to listen," Rice said Tuesday night. "You get bigger and stronger. We need to be‑‑ we now know what we don't know going into October. They all thought they knew it. They had the answer. ... But these guys will get it. They had incredible learning experiences. They all developed."

Rice expects his team to be better next season.

"They're going to understand what makes Division I teams successful, what makes winning basketball teams, making winning plays, playing for one another, doing your job, doing all the little details that goes into it," he said.

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2012 Big East Basketball Tournament: Rutgers Vs. Villanova Preview

Less than one week ago, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Villanova Wildcats met in what was the second-to-last Big East regular season game for each. The Wildcats left the Scarlet Knights' home arena with a 77-71 win, playing a considerable role in determining some of the conference's lower seeds for this week's Big East Tournament.

Tuesday night, No. 11 seed Rutgers (14-17, 6-12, Big East) faces No. 14 seed Villanova (12-18, 5-13 Big East) at Madison Square Garden. Tip-off is slated for 9 p.m. ET on ESPNU and ESPN3D.

After the six-point loss to Villanova, Rutgers rebounded with a 61-58 win against St. John's, securing the No. 11 seed in the process. The Wildcats, meanwhile, fell to Cincinnati at home 72-68, knocking them down to the No. 14 seed.

The Scarlet Knights were relatively inconsistent for the majority of non-conference play and the first half of Big East play. Following a Jan. 28 61-54 win over Cincinnati, Rutgers stood at 12-10 overall with a 4-5 record against conference teams. However, the Scarlet Knights lost their next six games, sending them into an ill-timed spiral. A Feb. 25 77-72 overtime win at Seton Hall reversed Rutgers' fortunes, but the loss to Villanova came five days later.

Similarly, the Wildcats have dealt with up-and-down play for much of the season. Villanova lost its first three Big East games and then endured losing streaks of three and four games in the second half of conference play. Interestingly enough, the Wildcats have enjoyed balanced scoring throughout their roster with four players averaging in double figures. Junior guard Maalik Wayns leads the team with 17.5 points per game, while fellow junior guard Dominic Clark is second with 13.2. Junior forward/center Mouphtaou Yarou averages 10.9 points and a team-high 8.2 rebounds per game, while JayVaughn Pinkston scores 10.0 points per game.

Rutgers has just one player scoring in double figures, freshman guard Eli Carter with 13.5 points per game. Junior guard/forward Dane Miller is fourth in scoring with 7.9 points but first with 6.7 rebounds per game.

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Rutgers Vs. Villanova Final Score: Villanova 77, Rutgers 71

Villanova took a commanding lead in the first half, and had to hold on for dear life in the end. When the smoke cleared, the Wildcats held on, beating Rutgers 77-71 in Big East Conference basketball Thursday night at the RAC.

Rutgers (13-17, 5-12) had a brutal first half, only scoring 19 points before turning on the jets in a losing effort. Four starters were in double-digits including Dane Miller who had 16 points and nine rebounds.

Both Myles Mack and Eli Carter shot woefully from the field, shooting 4 of 15 and 4 of 14 respectively.

Jay Wright had to be losing his mind, watching his team take a 28-9 advantage early only to see the Scarlet Knights come within one point. However, a win is a win.

Villanova (12-17, 5-12) has to be encouraged though watching Maalik Wayns. The junior looked much better on Thursday than he did against Georgetown, scoring 18 points while notching eight assists.

JayVaughn Pinkston also had a solid game with 18 points and Mouphtaou Yarou had a double-double with 10 points and rebounds apiece.

The loss continues the Scarlet Knights recent run of futility. Rutgers has lost six of seven.

Rutgers will host Senior Night on Saturday against St. John's.

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Rutgers Vs. Seton Hall Final Score: Scarlet Knights Win, 77-72

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights snapped a six game losing streak on Saturday with an overtime victory on the road against the Seton Hall Pirates. Coming into Saturday's game the Scarlet Knights had lost eight of their last nine games, including six consecutive.

Rutgers swingman, Dane Miller, led the game in scoring with 21 along with 10 rebounds. The Pirates had five guys score in double figures, led by Jordan Theodore with 17.

With an overall record of 13-16 and a conference record of 5-11, the Scarlet Knights have had a disappointing season, but a win over Seton Hall – who smashed eighth-ranked Georgetown earlier this week – on the road is a win they can hang their hat on. They play twice more during the regular season – both home games – against Villanova and St. John's.

Seton Hall has one game remaining against DePaul.

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Rutgers Vs. Seton Hall Preview

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights look to snap their longest losing skid of the season Saturday evening when they visit the Seton Hall Pirates. (5 p.m., ESPN U)

Rutgers has dropped six straight, including five by double figures, to fall to 4-11 in the Big East. The Scarlet Knights' most recent setback came Wednesday at Marquette. Four Rutgers players managed double figures, led by 14 points from freshman Jerome Seagears, but Marquette cruised to the 82-65 victory thanks largely to 27 points from Jae Crowder.

Seton Hall boosted its NCAA Tournament at-large berth hopes with a crucial 73-55 home win against Georgetown Tuesday. The Pirates have now won four out of five, with their only loss in that span coming by five points at Cincinnati last Saturday, 62-57.



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Rutgers-Notre Dame Final Score: Scarlet Knights Fall To The Irish, 71-53

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights jousted away at the Fighting Irish, but it was to no avail. Notre Dame easily turned aside Rutgers by a final score of 71-53 on Wednesday night.

The Scarlet Knights were down by five points, 28-33, after the first half. The Irish bested their efforts, both on offense and defense in the second half, holding Rutgers to just 25 points while they went on to add 38 to their total.

A big part of the problem was that the Knights had no answers for Notre Dame forward Jack Cooley. He lead the field with 22 points, but was an absolute beast at the boards with 18 rebounds. The Irish had four other players score in double figures.

Dane Miller led Rutgers with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Eli Carter was the only other player in double figures with just 10 points.

It was the fourth loss in a row for Rutgers, who has failed to string together consecutive wins since December. The schedule gets even tougher for the Scarlet Kights on Sunday afternoon when they host Syracuse.

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Rutgers Vs. Louisville Preview

For the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, home is where the heart is. But the schedule dictates that the Scarlet Knights hit the road Saturday for a 4 p.m. meeting with the Louisville Cardinals.

Rutgers is 10-4 at home, but just 1-5 on the road, including a 78-67 defeat at Providence on Wednesday. Myles Mack poured in 16 points off the bench to pace the Scarlet Knights Wednesday, but leading scorer Eli Carter mustered just nine points and Rutgers could not overcome a 14-point halftime deficit.

Louisville has bounced back from a troublesome midseason stretch to win its last three games, the most recent coming against Seton Hall last Saturday. Russ Smith scored 14 points and the Cardinals built a 17-point lead before holding off a late Seton Hall charge to seal the 60-51 victory.

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Rutgers Vs. Providence Final Score: Slow Start Dooms Scarlet Knights In 78-67 Loss

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights needed a win to build up some momentum heading into February. After beating Cincinnati over the weekend, the Knights failed to make it two in a row against the Providence Friars as they lost 78-67 in Big East play Wednesday night.

The Friars dominated the first half of the game, outscoring the Knights 40-26. A full court press put the Scarlet Knights within four points with fewer than three minutes to play, but the big second half just wasn't enough to overcome a slow start.

Miles Mack led Rutgers with 16 points off the bench. He added two rebounds and three assists. Mack was one of three Rutgers players in double digits for the evening. Mike Poole and Gilvydas Biruta each had 13 points. Biruta led the team with 11 rebounds.

The Friars had five players in double figures, led by 18 points from Bilal Dixon.

The loss drops the Scarlet Knights to 4-5 in the Big East and 12-10 overall. They have a tough matchup on Saturday with a visit to Louisville.

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Rutgers Vs. Providence: TV Schedule, Game Time And More

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are desperate for a victory against the Providence Friars Wednesday night in Big East Conference basketball action at the Dunkin Donuts Center (7 p.m. ET, ESPNU).

Rutgers (12-10, 4-5) comes in off of a nice win against Cincinnati after dropping consecutive games to DePaul and Georgetown. Head coach Mike Rice has to be pleased overall with the pluck of his young team. A victory on Wednesday would get Rutgers back to even in the Big East and give them a fighting chance to make the NCAA tournament.

Providence (12-10, 1-8) has had a brutal season in-conference. The season started with hope in Rhode Island, with the Friars off to an 11-2 start including wins over South Carolina and Boston College. Since then, the wheels have absolutely fallen off. Providence made headlines in its only Big East win, a 90-59 thrashing of No. 25 Louisville.

This game provides a nice opportunity for Rutgers to get on a bit of a roll. Eli Carter and Myles Mack will look to score on a pedestrian Friars defense and lead their team to a very important victory.

Junior guard Vincent Council is the key for Providence, who paces his squad averaging 16.3 points per game.

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Rutgers Vs. Cincinnati Final Score Update: Scarlet Knights Upset Bearcats, 71-64

Eli Carter continued his strong Big East Conference play, pouring in 17 points in a Rutgers home upset over Cincinnati on Saturday evening.

Myles Mack and Dana Miller each added 10 points, and Rutgers put the clamps on the Bearcats, holding them to just 23 first half points and 35.7% shooting for the game. The win moves Rutgers to 4-5 in the Big East, and marked their second conference win at home this season.

Yancy Gates had 16 for Cincinnati, who has now last 3 straight games after winning 10 of their previous 11. The Bearcats remain a game ahead of Rutgers in conference play, and they're one of five teams with four Big East losses.

Rutgers will travel to Providence College on Wednesday night to take on the last place Friars.

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Rutgers Vs. Cincinnati Final Score Update: Scarlet Knights Tip Bearcats, 71-64

Behind another strong outing from freshman guard Eli Carter, Rutgers upset Cincinnati in Big East play Saturday night in Piscataway, NJ.

Carter led all Scarlet Knights with 17 points, and Rutgers held Cincinnati to just 35.7% shooting from the field. The win pushes Rutgers to 12-10 on the season, and 4-5 within the conference.

The Bearcats offense started slow, putting up just 23 first half points and making just 20 field goals on the night. Yancy Gates was amongst a trio of Bearcats to put in double figure scoring, as the senior chipped in 16 points, 3.5 above his season average.

After winning 10 of 11 games on the heels of an ugly in-game brawl with their city rival Xavier, Cincinnati has lost three straight and fallen 3.5 games back of Big East-leading Syracuse.

They'll host DePaul next Saturday, while Rutgers will next travel to play at Providence on Wednesday night.

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Rutgers Vs. Cincinnati Preview: Scarlet Knights Host Bearcats At The RAC

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights look to stop a two-game Big East Conferencelosing skid on Saturday night at 6 p.m. (SNY, ESPN3) when they host the Cincinnati Bearcats at the RAC.

Rutgers has lost its last two outings by a combined seven points. The Scarlet Knights held Georgetown to 29.3 percent shooting last Saturday, but did not score for the final two and a half minutes, losing 52-50 when Georgetown's Otto Porter drained a pair of free throws with nine seconds remaining. In Rutgers' most recent contest, the Scarlet Knights squandered an 11-point second-half lead and fell to Depaul at home, 69-64.

Cincinnati has cooled down after a torrid hot streak, losing its past two games. The Bearcats lost to Syracuse on Monday, 60-53, despite 17 points from Cashmere Wright and 16 points and 10 rebounds from Yancy Gates.



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Rutgers Vs. DePaul Final Score: Scarlet Knights Fall, 69-64

Rutgers' hopes to make the NCAA tournament as a dark horse took a blow on Wednesday night. The Scarlet Knights fell to DePaul by a final score of 69-64. It was the second narrow loss in a row for the Knights.

Rutgers led DePaul by five points, 29-24, after the first half, but the Blue Demons outscored them 45-35 in the second half for the win. Helping to sink them in the game was a free throw rate of just 53.3 percent.

Myles Mack led the Scarlet Knights with 22 points off the bench. The team's leading scorer, Eli Carter, was limited to just seven points on the night. Jerome Seagears was the only other player for Rutgers in double digits.

Rutgers lost by just two points last Saturday against Georgetown.

The Scarlet Knights are now 2-3 in their last five game. Tonight's loss puts them at 11-10 on the season, and they now own a 3-5 record in the Big East. They host the Cincinnati Bearcats on Saturday in their next game.

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Georgetown Vs. Rutgers Final Score: No. 10 Hoyas Survive Scare From Scarlet Knights, 52-50

Sports Network -- Otto Porter hit two free throws with 8.5 seconds left to give Georgetown the lead and Rutgers' Eli Carter missed a driving layup as time expired, giving the 10th-ranked Hoyas a 52-50 win over the Scarlet Knights at the Verizon Center.

Myles Mack missed a three-pointer for Rutgers with 25 seconds to play, giving Georgetown possession with the game tied at 50-50. After a timeout, Porter was fouled away from the ball and sank both from the line to put the Hoyas ahead.

Rutgers still had time and Carter drove the left side of the lane for a shot that bounced off the rim and the glass before falling off as the buzzer sounded.

Carter scored 14 points for the Scarlet Knights (11-9, 3-4 Big East), who were trying for their third win over a top-10 opponent this season. Rutgers beat then-No. 10 Florida, 85-83, in double-overtime on December 29 and also knocked off then-No.8 Connecticut, 67-60, on January 7. Both wins came at home.

Rutgers, which hadn't won at Georgetown since December 8, 1998, led for the majority of Saturday's contest but couldn't put the cold-shooting Hoyas away.

Porter scored nine points for Georgetown (16-3, 6-2), which has won three in a row and will have a week off before a visit to Pittsburgh next Saturday.

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Georgetown Vs. Rutgers Halftime Score: Scarlet Knights Lead Hoyas, 25-20, At Halftime

Behind solid 3-point shooting, which featured the Rutgers Scarlet Knights making 4-for-8 from long range, the No. 10-ranked Georgetown Hoyas trail at halftime, 25-20, in a Big East Conference men's basketball game at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The Scarlet Knights (11-8, 3-3 Big East) have held the Hoyas (15-3, 5-2) to just 3-for-24 (12.5-percent) shooting from the field. Georgetown has kept it close because its made free throws (14 of 18) and played well defensively.

Freshman guard Eli Carter has netted a game-best seven points for Rutgers, which has led by no more than six points (13-7 just 8:42 into the game).

Senior guard Jason Clark and senior center Henry Sims each have scored a team-best six points.

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Georgetown Vs. Rutgers: No. 10 Hoyas Host Scarlet Knights In Big East Match-Up

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights looks to keep their momentum going Saturday, as they visit the No. 10-ranked Georgetown Hoyas and the Verizon Center (noon on SNY).

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Rutgers Vs. Notre Dame Final Score: Scarlet Knights Survive Late Cold Stretch For 65-58 Win

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights went scoreless over a 4:38 stretch in the last six minutes of Monday night's game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, but managed to hang on for the 65-58 victory in Big East Conference play. Luckily for Rutgers, Notre Dame also shot poorly in the second half, putting both teams at 11-8 on the season and 3-3 in the Big East.

Freshman Eli Carter shot just 1-for-6 from the field in the second half, giving him just 13 points for the game after scoring 10 in the first half. Notre Dame's top scorer Eric Atkins led all players with 15 points, but went just 4-for-14 to get there. Both teams had a roughly even number of possessions, but the Scarlet Knights were more efficient from behind the arc (7-for-15 compared to 7-for-20 for the Irish) and much better from the free throw line (10-for-14 vs. 5-for-13).

Notre Dame pulled within two points of Rutgers early in the second half, threatening to seize momentum after a Jerian Grant 3-pointer made the score 41-39. The Irish promptly went on a 4:05 scoring drought of their own, however, and would not pull closer than four points for the remainder of the game.

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Rutgers Vs. Notre Dame: TV Schedule, Game Time And More

The Scarlet Knights of Rutgers (10-8, 2-3) will be hosting the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (11-7, 3-2) at the Louis Brown Athletic Center Monday night in Big East Conference basketball action. The game is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET and can be seen on ESPNU.

Expect a defensive battle in this one. Both teams struggle to score, with Rutgers ranking 180th and Notre Dame coming in at 149th. The Scarlet Knights will need to contain Eric Atkins and Jerian Grant, who are each averaging 13 points per game. The Irish will be aware of the sensational freshmen duo of Eli Carter and Myles Mack who are averaging 14 and 10 points respectively.

Notre Dame will have to rebound better than they have. While the Scarlet Knights aren't a force on the glass, they do clean it better than the Irish. In a game where every point will be at a premium, Notre Dame can ill afford to give up easy buckets.

This is a huge contest for both squads. The Irish sit at eighth in the Big East standings while Rutgers is looking up at them in 11th.

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West Virginia Vs. Rutgers Final Score: Mountaineers Crush Scarlet Knights Again, 84-60

Behind a game-best 24 points for senior forward Kevin Jones and senior guard Darryl Bryant netting 15 of his 18 in the first half, the West Virginia Mountaineers crushed the visiting Rutgers Scarlet Knights, 84-60, in a Big East Conference men's basketball game at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, WV. The victory was the second one against the Scarlet Knights in just 10 days and could help the Mountaineers (13-5, 4-2 Big East) sneak into the college basketball rankings for the first time this year.

Freshman guard Myles Mack scored a team-best 15 points for Rutgers 10-8, 2-3), which had its two-game winning streak snapped. Freshman guard Eli Carter added 13 points, as Rutgers shot just 3-for-14 from behind the 3-point arc, including missing all nine first-half shots. The Scarlet Knights also committed 19 turnovers and were outrebounded, 45-33.

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West Virginia Vs. Rutgers: Scarlet Knights Try For Third Straight Big East Victory

If the Rutgers Scarlet Knights men's basketball program would like to become a contender instead of a pretender in the Big East Conference, the Scarlet Knights will need to knock off the West Virginia Mountaineers Saturday (2 p.m. on SNY) at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, WV. The Scarlet Knights (10-7, 2-2 Big East) are searching for their third straight conference victory, a feat the program hasn't accomplished since 2002-03, while the Mountaineers (12-5, 3-2) will be trying to rebound from a Monday night loss to No. 17-ranked Connecticut Huskies, 64-57.

On Tuesday, junior guard Dane Miller tallied a double-double (11 points and 12 rebounds) to help Rutgers manhandled the Pittsburgh Panthers, 62-39. Freshman guard Eli Carter added a team-best 14 points, while the Scarlet Knight held Pitt to just 21.1 percent shooting from the floor.

Entering Saturday's match up, Carter paces the Scarlet Knights is scoring averaging 18.8 points per game and has complied double-digit scoring totals in 11 straight contests. Sophomore center Gilvydas Biruta is tallying 10.8 ppg and collecting 5.5 rebounds per game, while freshman guard Myles Mack is coming off the bench to net 10.2 ppg.

Meanwhile, West Virginia has earned seven straight victories at home, including last Saturday's 74-62 victory over the No. 11 (then No. 9) Georgetown Hoyas. The Mountaineers are led by the league's top scorer (19.9 ppg) and rebounder (11.5 pg), senior forward Kevin Jones, while senior guard Darryl Bryant has averaged a conference-best 21.2 ppg in five league games.

On Jan. 4, West Virginia beat Rutgers, 85-64.

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Rutgers Basketball Schedule: Scarlet Knights At Pittsburgh

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights travel to play the struggling Pittsburgh Panthers Wednesday for a Big East Conference showdown (7 p.m. on SNY).

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Rutgers Vs. UConn Final Score: Scarlet Knights Upset No. 8 Huskies, 67-60

Freshman guard Eli Carter scored a team-best 19 points to help the Rutgers Scarlet Knights upset No. 8 Connecticut Huskies, 67-60, in a Big East Conference contest at the Louis Brown Athletic Center in Piscataway, NJ. Freshman guard Myles Mack came off the bench to net 14 points for the Scarlet Knights (9-7, 1-2 Big East), who made 9-of-12 free throws in the last five minutes to help cement the programs first ever victory over a defending national championship.

Before Saturday, Rutgers was 0-11 against such defending champs. The Scarlet Knights also collected their second consecutive victories in as many chances -- nine days ago, Rutgers knocked off No. 10 Florida Gators, 85-83.

"We're a pretty good team when we get out of our own way," said Rutgers head coach Mike Rice after the game (via Matt Sugam). "When we're not pouting and complaining and playing for one another."

Rutgers used a two 8-0 runs in the second half to help earn its first Big East win of the season.

Trailing 30-28 at halftime, Rutgers used a 8-point spurt to take a 36-30 lead. Then, after the Huskies (12-3, 2-2) closed the margin, the Scarlet Knights used a second run to 52-45 lead with 7:32 to go.

UConn cut the lead to three points, but Rutgers cemented its victory by making making its shots from the charity stripe. Huskies sophomore guard Shabazz Napier led all scorers with 23 points.

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