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 Football

INDIANAPOLIS - A little "ch-ching" went off in L.J. Smith's head last season every time Jeremy Shockey caught a pass for the Giants. The Rutgers tight end is well aware Shockey and Baltimore's Todd Heap are the vanguards of the rebirth of his position in the NFL, a rebirth which will need feeding from this year's draft crop.And the 6-foot-3¼, 258-pound Smith is a top member of that crop."For a lot of years it was [Tony] Gonzalez. Gonzalez with a little bit of [Shannon] Sharpe," Smith said of the NFL tight end situation. "Sharpe is gone, Gonzalez is getting a little older, too. So guys like Shockey and Heap are going to make it better for us.
North Jersey Media Group

 

Basketball

PITTSBURGH -- If there's a silver lining to Rutgers' season now, it's that there are just four games left on the schedule. And if the Knights continue playing the way they did this week, there will be exactly four games left and no more, because there won't be a Big East Tournament for this team.
Rutgers embarrassed in almost every way

PITTSBURGH -- Herve Lamizana is finally developing the consistency that had eluded him for most of this season. Just one problem: He has become a one-man show for Rutgers lately, with predictable results when one person tries competing against five.
Rutgers notebook: Lamizana can't do it alone ... but he tries

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh, the Big East Conference's top defensive team, held Rutgers, the conference's worst offensive team, to 14 points in the first half and the No. 9 Panthers cruised to an 86-65 victory last night.
Pitt (19-4, 9-3) moved into a three-way tie with Notre Dame and Syracuse for the Big East West Division lead by winning its 20th consecutive home game.
Pittsburgh stops Rutgers

PITTSBURGH - It isn't often that Jerome Coleman concerns himself with individual goals. But this is one time that Rutgers' senior guard will make an exception. Counting last night's game at Pittsburgh, Coleman had five games left to get the 83 points he needed to reach 1,000 for his career - a significant accomplishment since Coleman is just a two-year player after transferring from junior college.
Coleman close to 1,000-point milestone

PITTSBURGH -- A dejected Gary Waters walked into the interview room at the Petersen Events Center following Saturday night's 86-65 loss to ninth-ranked Pittsburgh. The coach stared morosely at the final stat sheet. Those numbers and his team's woeful performance said more about the direction Rutgers is headed than any opening statement.
College Basketball: Waters has difficult time with latest Rutgers loss - Courier News

Pittsburgh, the Big East's top defensive team, held Rutgers, the conference's worst offensive team, to 14 points in the first half and the No. 9 Panthers cruised to an 86-65 victory last night.
The Trentonian

It was hard to pinpoint whether Rutgers' biggest difficulty was making shots or getting shots. During one inept stretch in the first half, Rutgers turned the ball over on eight of nine possessions. The Scarlet Knights made only five baskets in the first half on 23 attempts and weren't credited with an assist while committing 13 turnovers.
Basketball: Panthers slam door on Scarlet Knights, 86-65

Depending on how you view things, the Pitt-Rutgers game Saturday night could have been seen as a masterpiece for the Panthers or as a colossal disaster for the Scarlet Knights. Questions abounded in the wake of an 86-65 Pitt blowout at Petersen Events Center: Were the ninth-ranked Panthers really that good? Were the Scarlet Knights really that bad? Or did the truth lie somewhere in between?
PittsburghLIVE.com - Pitt rolls over Rutgers

"This was an embarrassing basketball game," Rutgers' coach Gary Waters said, slouched in his seat and giving voice to no inflection. "For me, for the university, and for the team."
North Jersey Media Group


 

Women's Basketball

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Cappie Pondexter scored a career-high 31 points to lead No. 22 Rutgers to a 93-52 victory over Georgetown yesterday, extending the Scarlet Knights' winning streak to nine games.
Mauri Horton scored 19 points and Dawn McCullough added 13 for Rutgers (18-5, 11-2 Big East). Chelsea Newton had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Rutgers' streak reaches nine wins

WASHINGTON -- Win or lose, Rutgers women's basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer is always looking to pinpoint areas where her team needs to improve. But even she had a tough time coming up with anything to be critical about following the Scarlet Knights' 93-52 thumping of Georgetown on Saturday at McDonough Gymnasium. "Some of our (13) turnovers were unforced, but let's be positive," Stringer said. "We looked good. "It was great to see us shoot 61 percent. There was a time last season when we didn't shoot free throws 61 percent. So that's really amazing."
College Basketball: Rutgers women nearly perfect in rout of Georgetown - Courier News

WASHINGTON - Cappie Pondexter scored a career-high 31 points to lead No. 22 Rutgers to a 93-52 victory over Georgetown on Saturday, extending the Scarlet Knights' winning streak to nine games. Rutgers, which had a season-high point total, last had a nine-game winning streak from Jan. 30-Feb. 28, 1999. Mauri Horton scored 19 points and Dawn McCullough added 13 for Rutgers (18-5, 11-2 Big East). Chelsea Newton had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Rutgers on a roll

 

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On my comments on Herve:

 " Lamizana as the BE top player "------Wow ! Just an opinion here but while he has some skills I define kids like him as " coach killers ". They have all this ability and now and then they let you see it so you keep thinking the light bulb has gone on--------------but the next time you need them they let you down.
He has no clue at the defensive end and if you put a body on him he doesn't like the paint area. He would likely be a good player at a place like L'ville where they go up and down the floor and trade baskets and play zero defense.

On the loss to Pitt:

Mike, Football did not bring us enough pain, basketball is finishing it off. Maybe we expected too much, but it seems this team does not know how to win. I saw the UConn game in Hartford, and the difference in talent level was so evident. UConn plays smart ball. It seemed like they were almost toying with RU. When they turned their game on, it was all over. But I guess we should remember that UConn was the doormat of the league from '79 when the BE was founded until '89 just like RU is the league doormat now. So all we can do is hope.

Wait till next year:

I believe everyone will have to wait another till - Rutgers gets their big bodies in here.

Just as Schiano need the offensive line - Coach Waters needs a big man inside.

I agree about Herve - some real talent.

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