Senior Day at Rutgers

The No. 4/4 Rutgers (23-4, 13-1) women's basketball currently holds the eigth longest winning streak in the nation and will look to extend it on March 1st when RU takes on Syracuse on Senior Day. The men will host South Florida this evening as the Scarlet Knights will look to send outgoing Senior Byron Joynes out on a winning note.

The Scarlet Knights will take on Syracuse at the RAC on Saturday, March 1, with tip-off set for 1:00 p.m.

Hall of Fame Coach C. Vivian Stringer recorded her 800th victory of her glorious career in RU's previous outing as the Scaret Knights defeated a tough DePaul team 60-46. Essence Carson (Paterson, N.J.) and Epiphanny Prince (Brooklyn, N.Y.) each contributed 20 and 15 points points, respectively. The Blue Demons were held to a season low 46 points in the game, well below their season average of nearly 80.

Syracuse (21-6, 9-5) won their previous outing, defeating Georgetown 68-67.

Rutgers has dominated the all-time series with the Orange, holding an impressive 28-3 edge, including victories versus SU on the last 5 consecutive contests.

A trio of Seniors will be honored by Rutgers prior to tipoff: Katie Adams, Matee Ajavon and Essence Carson. The Seniors have assisted RU in compiling 105 wins to just 25 losses during the last four years, including NCAA tournament appearances in each of those years.

The men will host their final home game of the 2007-08 season when South Florida comes to town for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off Saturday evening.

Byron Joynes, Rutgers' outgoing senior big, will be recognized for his contributions to the Scarlet Knight program prior to tip-off. RU boasts a rather youthful squad with Joynes being the lone player graduating.

Rutgers holds a 4-2 advantage in victories versus South Florida, making this contest the seventh all-time meeting between the schools dating back to 1996-97. RU has defeated USF at the RAC both times the teams have played, though USF has enjoyed victories in the last two games, both played at the Sun Dome, in Florida.

Both squads are coming off losses in their previous outings. RU (10-19, 2-14) was dropped by #15/16 Connecticut last Tuesday in what was a competitive game for the majority of the contest, while USF (11-17, 2-13) fell at home to the Seton Hall Pirates 79-75, also last Tuesday.

A trio of USF players are averaging in double-figures: Kentrell Gransberry (16.7), Dominique Jones (16.6) and Jesus Verdejo (10.6). Gransberry also leads the team in rebounding with 11.0 rpg boards per game, including an impressive 14 double-doubles this season.

Gransberry is seventh in the Big East Conference in scoring (16.7 ppg), leads the conference in rebounding (11.0 rpg), seventh in field goal percentage (.532), ninth in blocks (1.5), second in offensive rebounds (3.6) and first in defensive rebounds (7.4). On the flip-side Rutgers' Hamady N'diaye is ninth in the nation in blocked shots and second in the Big East with, averaging 3 per contest.

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