Hoops Notebook: Carter Has Successful Surgery

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Out for the season with a fractured right fibula, Rutgers sophomore guard Eli Carter underwent successful surgery this week. Head coach Mike Rice addressed Carter's status today after practice and offered his thoughts on the reports of a possible Big East split this year.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers sophomore guard Elijah Carter underwent surgery this week after breaking his right fibula two weeks ago in a loss to DePaul.

The surgery, said head coach Mike Rice, went well and puts him in position to return with plenty of time to get ready for next season.

"He had successful lower-leg surgery," Rice said. "It was something they felt would quicken the healing process."

Carter told reporters last week that he expected to be back on the basketball court by June.

"It's the same, maybe even earlier now that he had the surgery," Rice said on his recovery timeframe.

Rice Weighs in on Catholic Seven

The Chicago Tribune reported today that a Catholic Seven split at the end of this season is a real possibility. Traveling to Georgetown this weekend for what could be the last time, Rice discussed the emotions as a long-time fan of the conference.

"I heard a lot of reports," Rice said. "Again, I sleep, eat and drink this. This is my job. It'd an interesting time, because you're looking at kind of the last go-around of the Big East Tournament, what it can be and what it is."

"I spent my whole life skipping school and watching the [Big East tournament] as a young basketball player as a high school student, then getting a chance to coach in it."

West Virginia is already gone. Syracuse and Pittsburgh leave after this year and Rutgers, Notre Dame and Louisville are all headed to greener pastures. "It's interesting; the times are very interesting," Rice said. "Reports are -- you heard it today -- it's not like it's a secret. The other coaches in the Catholic Seven are saying it is a distinct possibility. It should be an interesting Big East Tournament."

Georgetown Rematch

Rutgers (13-13, 4-11) has a full week between games following the loss to Providence Saturday at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. Tipping off Saturday night from the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., defending Georgetown star Otto Porter becomes the focus for the struggling Scarlet Knights.

"I don't know if anybody's prepared for Otto Porter," Rice said. "Ask Jim Boeheim. Ask Kevin Ollie. To me, he's the national player of the year. He's as consistent as anybody's been all year."

Porter averages 16.1 points and 7.6 rebounds per game for Georgetown this year. In the home loss against the Hoyas earlier this month, Rutgers gave up 19 and 14, including 10 straight in crunch time.

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