Rutgers Basketball Looks to Bounce Back

Rutgers (10-12, 2-7) will be headed to Louisville (15-6, 5-3) for their initial Big East rematch of the season. Tipoff is set for Saturday, February 2 at 3:00 pm. The Scarlet Knights are playing as a team, a much different team than the one that faced the Cardinals in game one of this season.

The Cardinals remain a very good team that may be on the verge of cracking the top 25. They will have the advantage of playing at home in Freedom Hall which should be packed with about 18,000 vocal supporters. Louisville fans, in the tradition of the entire State of Kentucky, loves their basketball and provide undying support to their traditional sport, thus creating a difficult atmosphere for any visiting ball club. Since the earlier meeting this year, they continue to be a very well rounded group with balanced scoring and solid defense.

Rutgers has at last become a team that has each member adapting well to their roles, playing well together as a team, and suddenly playing with desire and a will to win. The defense remains relentless, but it is at the offensive end where the greatest transformation has been made, in large part by playing with rhythm and confidence. The Knights have become an exciting team to watch, with wonderful ball handling skills, quick decisions, and precision passes, all resulting in better shot choices and much more competitive games.


#5 G - Earl Clark (6'8" 220), 10.7ppg

#34 G - Jerry Smith (6'1" 200), 11.3ppg and a 3pt threat

#1 F - Terrance Williams (6'6" 210), 11.3ppg and a 3pt threat

#32 F - Derrick Caracter (6'9" 260), 10.2ppg

#4 C - David Padgett (6'11"0, 10.6ppg


#10 G - Edgar Sosa (6'1" 175), 7.5ppg, another 3pt threat

#3 F - Juan Palacios (6'8" 250), 7.1ppg

#20 G - Will Scott (6'3" 185), 2.6ppg

It is not an easy task to defeat a team twice in the same year, especially one that merely showed flashes of what they would become later during the season. Coaches can push you, warn you and prepare you, but in the back of a player's mind sits the fact that they had won handily by 15 points just weeks ago. Youth can betray them, and lead them toward a tendency to be a bit overconfident, which could certainly be an ally for a renewed and refreshed Rutgers basketball contingent.

TIME: 3:00 p.m.

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