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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.
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Football

Rutgers officials met Wednesday morning with the company that maintains their now-flattened practice bubble to hatch a plan for restoring the collapsed bubble. The group came up with a plan, but the actual possibility of restoration is still unknown.
Rutgers will try to restore its roof

Women's Basketball

Rutgers women’s basketball sophomore Cappie Pondexter (Chicago, IL) has been named one of 12 finalists for the Nancy Lieberman Award, which honors the nation’s top point guard in women’s Division I college basketball.
The sophomore guard has started in all 21 games for the Scarlet Knights, averaging a team-best 17.5 points and contributes 4.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. She has scored in double figures 19 times, including nine 20-plus scoring efforts. Selected to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Second Team, Pondexter also was named one of the “Top 21 Freshmen of Impact” by Womenscollegehoops.com. This season, she has helped turn the Rutgers program around, from a 9-20 overall record in 2001-2002, to a current record of 16-5 (9-2 BIG EAST), including a perfect 9-0 mark in the Louis Brown Athletic Center.
Pondexter Named Finalist for Nancy Lieberman Award


C. Vivian Stringer earned her 150th victory as the head coach of the Scarlet Knights as No. 22/23 Rutgers (17-5, 10-2 BIG EAST) defeated St. John’s (8-16, 2-11 BIG EAST) 69-38 Feb. 19. Sophomore Cappie Pondexter (Chicago, IL) provided the spark as RU posted its largest margin of victory in a BIG EAST game this season, collecting team highs of 21 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, all while committing just one turnover. The BIG EAST Co-Rookie of the Week, Pondexter today was named one of 12 finalists for the Nancy Lieberman-Cline Award, an honor given to the nation’s best point guard.
Rutgers Routs St. John's 69-38 for Eighth-Straight Win

Cappie Pondexter had 21 points, nine rebounds and seven assists as No. 22 Rutgers extended its winning streak to eight games with a 69-38 victory last night over St. John’s.
The Scarlet Knights have won 10 straight over the Red Storm and hold a 25-3 advantage in the series. Rutgers last lost to St. John’s on Jan. 30, 1996.
Rutgers women blow away Red Storm

When Rutgers and St. John's met earlier this season, they tangled in a double-overtime thriller won by the Scarlet Knights before more than 3,500 home fans.
Save for perhaps one play, the second meeting was not nearly as exciting.
Pondexter drives as Knights cruise

It's not often that Cappie Pondexter can relive her schoolyard days by throwing the inbounds pass off back of her defender, scooping the ball up and tossing it in for a layup.
But when the Rutgers University women's basketball team matches up against the last-place team in the Big East, Pondexter is allowed the freedom to open her bag of tricks and perform some magic.
Rutgers women clobber St. John's 69-38

Men's Basketball

Tony Robertson scored a career-high 24 points that included 13-of-13 shooting from the foul line to lead Connecticut to an 87-70 Big East win over Rutgers yesterday at the Hartford Civic Center.
The Huskies finished 9-0 at the Civic Center this season, the fifth unbeaten mark at the 16,300-seat arena in school history.
Reeling Rutgers falls at UConn


Tony Robertson scored a career-high 24 points as 24th-ranked Connecticut pulled away for a 87-70 Big East Conference victory over Rutgers.
Rutgers Falls at #24 Connecticut 87-70

Leaping over the lane, headband on, gum popping, and hands up, Rutgers freshman Adrian Hill grabbed Herve Lamizana's stray turnaround and slammed it through the rim. Coming down with a roar, the wrist- and calf- and armband-ensconced Hill turned to Connecticut's Emeka Okafor and started jawing. At Okafor, the nation's best shot blocker. Misguided for sure. And Okafor did retaliate, swatting away a Hill floater later in the game. But at least he showed some passion, because other than one other Scarlet Knight, Hill's teammates forgot how to fight. Connecticut thoroughly pounded Rutgers on Wednesday night, sending its guests out of the Hartford Civic Center with an 87-70 loss and another uninspired and woefully lackluster performance to their name.
UConn pounds Rutgers

For all of coach Gary Waters' repeated promises about how things would be different for Rutgers whenever the Knights ventured outside Piscataway this year, the reality is that this team once again finds itself on the road to ruin.
Forget the NIT. That seems like a long shot now.
Making the Big East Tournament? That's still within reach, but it probably means Rutgers will have to figure out a way to do something it hasn't done this year: Win a Big East road game.
Rutgers flunks another key road test at UConn

Did Rutgers' faint-hearted road reputation precede the Knights into the Hartford Civic Center last night?
That all depends on who was doing the talking.
Connecticut senior Mike Hayes said it did -- which is why he wasn't surprised when Rutgers caved in meekly after the Huskies opened the second half by hitting seven of their first eight shots to break the game open.
UConn expected expected second-half fade by Knights

Rutgers University men's basketball coach Gary Waters says his star players need to start making some shots.
But that won't happen unless they start taking some.
Jerome Coleman and Ricky Shields, two of the team's three go-to players, failed to assert themselves offensively in an 87-70 loss to Connecticut on Wednesday night before a sellout crowd of 15,499 at the Hartford Civic Center.
Rutgers back in tie for last place after 87-70 loss to Connecticut

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Around Big East

Willis McGahee walks around on his rebuilt left knee with only a slight limp.
It has been less than seven weeks since he endured one of the most disastrous injuries a running back can sustain, a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
But he hardly looks the part. He is not downtrodden, worried, anxious. And when he entered the interview room Wednesday at the NFL's annual scouting combine, McGahee needed no crutches, wanted no empathy and had no doubt he would be playing in 2003.
McGahee thinks he'll be ready to play in fall

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