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Anyway, there's a perfectly good explanation for Knight's personal stats being off from a year ago, when the former Seton Hall Prep star made a dazzling jump from being an ordinary Big East point guard as a sophomore to one of the country's best as a junior. Everyone else's calendar says January. But on Knight's, because he delayed having knee surgery until July, meaning he wasn't able to practice full tilt until the second week of November, he's at least a month behind the rest of college basketball.
Rutgers basketball: Pitt's Brandin Knight making up for lost time

PISCATAWAY - Ricky Shields claims this isn't going to be all that hard.Pittsburgh's in town today to open the Big East slate for Shields and Rutgers. The Pittsburgh that went to the Sweet 16 a year ago. The Pittsburgh that was the only team to hand Rutgers a regular-season home loss."They aren't better than last year," said Shields, a sweet-shooting sophomore guard.
NorthJersey.com - Rutgers

At the peak of the University of Pittsburgh campus sits the new Peterson Events Center, arguably the country's finest college basketball facility. The promise of its construction helped lure Ben Howland from Northern Arizona, where he had just completed a massive rebuilding job of his own, transforming the Lumberjacks from a 9-17 doormat into a 21-8 NCAA Tournament qualifier in three short years.
Rutgers plays host to Pittsburgh - Courier News

Big East teams are 90-11 at home, 12-29 away and 11-10 on neutral courts heading into the weekend. Eight of the 14 teams in the league have yet to lose on their home court -- Pitt (9-0), Georgetown (8-0), Syracuse (8-0), Notre Dame (8-0), Connecticut (8-0), West Virginia (7-0), Miami (6-0) and St. John's (5-0). "The Big East is the most homecourt-dominated league in America," said Rutgers Coach Gary Waters, whose Scarlet Knights (8-4, 0-0) play host to No. 6-ranked Pitt (11-1, 1-0) 2 p.m. today in a Big East matchup at the Louis Brown Athletic Center, also known as the RAC. "Guys go to a different level at home."
Basketball: Rutgers a tough road test for Pitt

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Pittsburgh-Rutgers scouting report - Courier News

 

Women's Basketball

Shalicia Hurns seemed to hang in the air indefinitely, waiting for the pass from Cappie Pondexter.
It came -- as each of the 2,642 fans knew it would -- at the perfect time and the perfect height. Hurns snatched the ball midflight and slapped her hands on the backboard for emphasis as she hammered home a fast-break layup during Rutgers' 75-55 victory over Syracuse yesterday at the Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway.
Rutgers women's basketball: Sky-high after Syracuse slam

PISCATAWAY - Mauri Horton first looked heavenward, then she grinned."Oh yes, is Coach different," she said. "I like ... " "I like seeing Coach happy," Cappie Pondexter said, interrupting her older teammate.Horton, Pondexter, and the rest of the Scarlet Knights (7-4, 1-1) were fresh off a Saturday afternoon 75-55 thrashing of Syracuse. But they knew Rutgers' first Big East win, featuring as precise a second half as they've played this year, wasn't all that slapped a smile across coach C. Vivian Stringer's face. Heck, in her 31st year of coaching, after her worst year as a coach, Stringer has had trouble losing the smile.
NorthJersey.com - Rutgers

The race was on and Cappie Pondexter was leading the pack. Dawn McCullouch was open to her left and Shalicia Hurns was charging on the right. Pondexter faked left and flipped a no-look pass to Hurns on the wing. Hurns caught it up high on the run and in one motion smacked her palm print on the glass, banking in the lay-up midway through the second half. It was one of several acrobatic fast breaks for the Rutgers women's basketball team in its 75-55 win over Syracuse on Saturday.
Rutgers women top Syracuse - Courier News

 

Basketball Recruiting

January 12, 2003 -- Malcolm Pope can't even count the number of phone calls he's received regarding his son, Malcolm Jr.
The calls come from all over the area, from coaches interested in getting Malcolm Jr. to play basketball at their school.
NYPOST.COM Sports KID'S A REAL HOT SHOT By DAN MARTIN

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