PISCATAWAY - Sean Axani insisted he's had it toughest. Harry Good and Adrian Hill were out of practice, both suspended. Good didn't return, and Hill was nursing a broken hand. Cortez Davis left too, and then Rutgers suddenly had two post players - Axani and Kareem Wright. Every day, they faced each other in practice. Every day, they saw each other's best looks. Every day, Wright beat the you-know-what out of Axani. "It was hard for me," Axani said, "because I don't weigh 270 pounds." "Going against this monster," the Rutgers' junior said, motioning to Wright, "is tiring. I get tired." Not that anyone notices. As the 6-foot-9, 270-pound Wright insisted, he just made Axani - an inch shorter but 35 pounds lighter - a stronger player. Rutgers' coach Gary Waters quieted the argument. His team has won three of its last four games, and these two forwards, Waters said, are the primary reason for that success.
North Jersey Media Group
PISCATAWAY -- The last time Rutgers played West Virginia, freshman forward Adrian Hill sat at the end of the bench, his broken left hand healed but his body not yet in game shape. He watched helplessly from the sideline as the Scarlet Knights were dismantled in an 86-75 loss.
Hill convinced he can help Rutgers avenge loss to West Virginia - Courier News
"My feel is I think every team should be in the tournament,'' Waters said. "We're one of the only conferences in the country doing this and I think it's wrong.''
Waters, of course, might be slightly prejudiced in the matter. This is the third year that the Big East has excluded the last-place finisher in each of its divisions from the league tournament at Madison Square Garden. It is also the third year Rutgers has had to fight to avoid that fate.
Gazette Online - Rutgers coach campaigns for all-inclusive tourney
Where are they now? Dennis Creehan, Bill Cubit
Another familiar Coyote name is former head coach Dennis Creehan, who coached the ŒYotes for five seasons (1992-1996), His teams posted a 28-27 record including an 8-3 year in 1995. Dennis moved to D-I football at Arkansas State from Vermillion, then went on to Rutgers University in New Jersey and then to his present position as quarterback coach and special teams coach for the Duke Blue Devils in North Carolina.
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