Rutgers Prepares for No. 14 Louisville

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers basketball is on its first true winning streak of the season, but that comes into serious jeopardy Saturday when the Scarlet Knights host No. 14 Louisville. Rutgers (7-7, 1-0) hosts the defending national champion at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.

If this week's Rutgers win over Temple reminded coach Eddie Jordan of an NBA playoff game, then tomorrow's clash with defending national champion Louisville will be a game-seven feel.

The Scarlet Knights (7-7, 1-0) have their first big win of the Jordan era. Saturday in the aftermath of Winter Storm Hercules represents their first chance at a court-storming upset.

"It's new," Jordan said. "It's a new scene. It's a new atmosphere. That's why I don't want to get caught up so much in that. We should just look at each other in the eye. We've got 13 guys that we need to learn how to play together, defend together and accept this terrific challenge together."

An ankle injury has junior guard Jerome Seagears on the sidelines for Rutgers, but Louisville goes into action without impact forward Chane Behanen.

Coach Rick Pitino dismissed Behanen from the team last week. Behnanen was good for 23 points and 11 boards in a 78-66 Louisville win over Rutgers last season.

"I think it reinforces coach Pitino's idea of how to be a team," Jordan said on Behanen's dismissmal. "… It can make them be a stronger team overall. You're missing one terrific player, but he's not a player that averaged 25 points and 15 rebounds. You'll miss a guy like that. Obviously he's a big part of what they're doing, but it's going to reinforce his stance on his principles moving forward for his team."

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