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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
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Women's Basketball

Rutgers women's basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer was asked which player impressed her the most following the Scarlet Knights' 67-53 win over Pittsburgh on Sunday.
The answer figured to be Cappie Pondexter, who turned in another stellar performance with 21 points and seven assists. Or possibly Michelle Campbell, the freshman forward who almost had her first career double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds.
Richman spark for RU women

With the great amount of success that the Rutgers women's basketball team has generated as of late, it seems like the perfect time for a little more achievement to creep into the Scarlet Knights' much-heralded turnaround season.
RU heads to Jamaica

Cappie Pondexter of Rutgers was named Big East co-Rookie of the Week in women's basketball for the second straight week and the fourth time this season. The sophomore guard, who sat out last season as a partial qualifier, shared the honor with Connecticut's Barbara Turner.
Pondexter averaged 19.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, five assists and two steals in a 2-0 week that extended No. 22 Rutgers' winning streak to seven games as the Scarlet Knights improved to 16-5.
Rutgers' Pondexter grabs honors for a 4th time

Men's Basketball

Rutgers is coming off a 52-46 home loss to West Virginia on Saturday as RU completed its three-game homestand with a 2-1 mark (wins over Georgetown, 66-59 on 2/11, and BC, 75-72 on 2/8). Sean Axani, a 6-8 junior forward, keyed the win over Georgetown with 11 points and a career-high five blocks. Playing the entire 40 minutes vs. BC, 6-10 junior forward Herve Lamizana matched his career high with 22 points, grabbed eight rebounds, dished out a career-high 7 assists and added three blocks and three steals. For his efforts, Lamizana was named BIG EAST Co-Player of the Week.
RUTGERS (11-11, 3-7) at No. 24 CONNECTICUT (15-6, 6-4)


Losing three out of their last five games, falling out of the Associated Press' Top 25 rankings, and having one of their top players arrested, the Connecticut Huskies -- a team that was once coasting to victories -- now looks like a team that has lost some of their luster.
And tonight the Rutgers men's basketball team (11-11, 3-7) will attempt to remove even more of UConn's gleam when it travels to Hartford, Conn. for a 7 p.m. matchup.
Knights look to bounce back

George Blaney has no illusions about his latest -- and possibly last -- college head coaching stint.
"I'm just keeping the seat warm," he said.
Sometime soon, Blaney knows, he will slide down a spot on Connecticut's bench at courtside, turning over the head duties once again to his good friend and current boss, Jim Calhoun, who is recovering from prostate surgery performed on Feb. 6. Until then, Blaney, a veteran of 30 years as a college head coach -- three at Seton Hall from 1994-97 -- will enjoy this moment for what it is: a chance to do what he loves most.
Blaney savors old feeling as head coach

For Gary Waters, the game he coaches is as much about mindset as it is Xs and Os.
That's why the Rutgers men's basketball coach spends so much time helping his players regain their focus after a disappointing loss.
Waters has had plenty of opportunities to do that this season, but working on the mental health of his team has detracted from the time the Scarlet Knights might otherwise be spending on the court.
Rutgers spending too much time correcting downtrodden mindset

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Prospects - Shagari Alleyne

It was a performance that was difficult to forget.
After an inconsistent junior year, Rice's Shagari Alleyne capped a memorable CHSAA playoff run last March with the game of his life: 12-for-12 from the field, 25 points and a city championship in the Raiders' win over All Hallows.
ALLEYNE LOOKING FOR LAST HURRAH

Around Big East

Syracuse University head football coach Paul Pasqualoni has hired R. Todd Littlejohn from UCLA to be his sixth defensive backs coach in six years.
Littlejohn replaces Tim Walton, who resigned after one season to accept a job at LSU.
Ex-UCLA coach to guide Orange DBs

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