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The Rutgers Touchdown Club will be holding its annual Recruiting Tailgate Meeting on Wednesday night February 5th at 7:00 P.M. at the Rutgers Athletic Center (The RAC). Doors will open at 5:30 P.M. Coach Greg Schiano will review the 2003 recruiting class in this meeting. Subs and beverages will be served. Remember this meeting will not be at the Hale Center due to the large crowd expected.
If you are interested in joining the Touchdown Club you can join that night or you can visit our web-site at www.touchdownclub.rutgers.edu to learn more about the club and get an application form.

As Rutgers comes upon the rugged Big East Basketball schedule, they would like to invite you to join the Scarlet R in the Coaches' Huddle - a pre-game meal featuring Rutgers Athletics. The Huddle gives you an opportunity to gain an inside look at the opponent Rutgers will be facing that night with a brief scouting report by a member of the basketball coaching staff. Each Huddle will also showcase the coach of one of our 30 intercollegiate athletic programs. In addition, the event will provide a full buffet-style meal prepared by Rutgers Catering. The cost for each person is $10 - with and additional $5 for those who would like to have beer or wine with their meal.
To reserve your spot or to ask questions, please reply back to Keith Norton at Norton@winants.rutgers.edu directly.
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Brandin Knight, bothered by some Ricky Shields quotes, scored 17 points, including a back-breaking 3-pointer, to lead sixth-ranked Pittsburgh to a 70-63 victory before a sellout crowd of 8,003 at the Louis Brown Athletic Center yesterday.
Pitt laughs at Rutgers’ trash talk

There were 44 fouls called during yesterday’s 70-63 Pittsburgh victory over Rutgers, a testament not only to the physical play of the Big East but to the growing animosity between the two teams.
While there were no technical fouls called during the game, on numerous occasions the referees had to separate players from the two teams, and Pittsburgh’s standout guard Brandin Knight did not hesitate to call out the Scarlet Knights after the game.
Trash talking, scuffles and hot tempers dominate game


The whistle blew immediately after Kareem Wright grabbed an offensive rebound with 4:28 remaining in yesterday’s game between Rutgers and Pittsburgh. The referees signaled a foul on the Panthers and met to discuss whether it would be the fifth foul on either forward Donatas Zavackas or center Ontario Lett.
The foul was called on Lett and the crowd erupted, applauding the call that vanquished Pitt’s dominant inside presence as Zavackas walked off to the side of the court, away from the cheers.
Zavackas dodges fifth foul call, then hits decisive basket as Rutgers falls

Brandin Knight scored 17 points and Donatas Zavackas of Lithuania had eight in the final six minutes as No. 5 Pittsburgh edged Rutgers, 70-63, in a Big East Conference matchup.
Rutgers never has beaten a top-five team but had Pittsburgh (12-1, 2-0 Big East West) on the ropes throughout the second half. The game was tied, 56-56, with 3 1/2 minutes to go when Knight buried a 3-pointer that gave the Panthers the lead for good.
After Jerome Coleman sank a jumper for Rutgers (8-5, 0-1 West), Zavackas drained a 3-pointer with 3:05 left for a 62-58 lead.
Knight hit a free throw just over a minute later and Jaron Brown added a pair from the line with 1:48 remaining for a 65-58 cushion.
Rutgers Edged by #5 Pittsburgh in BIG EAST Opener, 70-63

Ricky Shields had no problem talking trash.
Before the game, during the game, even after the game - after Pittsburgh had captured a 70-63 slugfest over Shields' Rutgers squad Sunday, the Panthers started throwing Shields' words right back at him.
"I meant it all," the straight-faced sophomore guard said of calling Pittsburgh overrated. "I don't have a problem with however they want to take that."
No, his problem, Shields said, was that "we backed up our trash for only 35 minutes."
Rutgers' words don't hurt Pitt

Pittsburgh's Brandin Knight wanted to make his last trip home to New Jersey a memorable one, and answer some negative comments aimed at the Panthers by some Rutgers players.
"Rutgers doesn't respect us," said Knight, who grew up in East Orange. "They walk around with a chip on their shoulder but we're not intimidated by smack talk. We put our work in on the floor. They put their work in through the papers."
Knight stuff helps Pitt best Rutgers

Jerome Coleman says it's a recurring case of "brain lock." Gary Waters refers to it as "a meltdown." Whatever it's called, Rutgers' season has somehow transformed into a hoops version of "Groundhog Day."
Home or road doesn't matter, either.
Suddenly, the Knights are worse at closing out games than Byung-Hyun Kim in October.
Can't find finishing touch

If Rutgers and Pittsburgh didn't have a heated basketball rivalry before yesterday, they do now.
Beyond all the in-game trash-talking that spiced up the Panthers' hard-fought 70-63 victory at Rutgers, Pitt coach Ben Howland called the Knights' substitution of Calvin Wooten for an injured Kareem Wright at the foul line with 4:28 to play "a bush move."
Rutgers coach Gary Waters responded by saying Howland has "got to grow up."
Coaches have battle of their own

For Brandin Knight, the University of Pittsburgh's 70-63 Big East triumph over Rutgers yesterday in front of a sell-out crowd at the RAC was all about one thing.
R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
The lack of it.
"Rutgers doesn't respect us and that's fine," said Knight, the 2001-02 Big East Co-Player of the Year and one of the catalysts for No. 6 Pittsburgh with a team-high 17 points. "They are walking around here with a chip on their shoulder, as they should as a team on the way up. But we put it down on the floor. They put it down on paper."
Respected or not, Pitt beats Rutgers

Rutgers opened Big East Conference play Sunday trying to regain the home court magic it possessed last season.
While the Scarlet Knights gave a good account of themselves, one Knight they didn't have in their corner played a big role in their undoing.
Senior guard Brandin Knight scored 17 points, hitting on 5-of-8 3-point tries, to lead preseason favorite Pittsburgh to a 70-63 Big East victory before a sellout crowd of 8,003 at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.
Panthers' Knight at home in hostile gym

There are no moral victories in losing, but there are lessons to be learned. The Rutgers men's basketball team learned a 6-foot-9, 270-pound lesson in Sunday's 70-63 defeat to heavily favored Pittsburgh.
When Kareem Wright contributes, the Scarlet Knights can play with anybody.
Buoyed by the senior center's surprise 13-point outburst, Rutgers went blow-for-blow with the sixth-ranked team in the country. They did so thanks largely to Wright, who came in averaging a paltry 4.3 points per game but left with a strong sense of mission.
Rutgers' Wright gets physical with Pittsburgh

The trash talk started in the newspapers, spilled onto the court and continued in the locker room.
A Big East rivalry is brewing between the Rutgers and Pittsburgh men's basketball teams, but until the Scarlet Knights beat the Panthers, they might want to think twice about running their mouths.
Brandin Knight, bothered by some Ricky Shields quotes, scored 17 points -- including a back-breaking 3-pointer in the closing minutes -- to lead sixth-ranked Pittsburgh to a 70-63 victory Sunday before a sellout crowd of 8,003 at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.
No. 6 Pittsburgh wins battle of trenches with Rutgers, 70-63

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Around the Big East

From early this season, followers of the Miami Hurricanes had it all planned out.
Their budding dynasty would stretch its historic winning streak to 35, sending off heroes Ken Dorsey and Willis McGahee with a second national title ring before handing the reins to star-studded replacements Brock Berlin and Frank Gore for a possible run at Oklahoma's sacred 47-game streak in 2003.
Amazing how one night (or, if you ask them, one referee's call) can change everything.
'Canes will be just fine

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Interesting Article

The NCAA has tried to raise academic performance before. But never like this.
The association is moving toward holding not just individual players, but entire college teams, responsible for underperforming in the classroom, discussing penalties ranging from scholarship and recruiting restrictions to postseason and television bans. (Related story: Future of NCAA tournament could be all academic)
NCAA might penalize teams for academic problems

The NCAA's new president made it clear Sunday: He intends to make a difference.
Myles Brand, the former Indiana University president best known for firing Hall of Fame basketball coach Bob Knight, struck a note of authority in his inaugural address to the association and its 1,200-plus schools and conferences Sunday.
"While we recognize that final authority resides with our members, the NCAA — including the president of the association — has a leadership role to play," Brand said during the opening session of the association's annual convention. He maintained, "I intend to provide direction."
Brand vows to 'provide direction'

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