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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After winning consecutive games vs. Boston College and Georgetown, Rutgers has dropped its last three games, to West Virginia, UConn, and Pittsburgh. Junior forward Herve Lamizana led Rutgers with 20 points on 8-for-15 shooting vs. the Huskies and followed up that performance with 17 points on 7-for-11 shooting and added eight rebounds vs. Pittsburgh. In those two games, Lamizana averaged 18.5 ppg. and 6.0 rpg. and shot 15-for-26 (.578) from the field. Lamizana has blocked 70 shots this season and is averaging 2.9 blocks per game, which is 3rd in the BIG EAST and 10th in the nation. For the season, he averages 11.0 ppg., and a team-best 6.7 rebounds per game.
SETON HALL (13-9, 7-4) at RUTGERS (11-13, 3-9)
They are cross-state rivals who took the same flight to and from Pittsburgh this weekend and tonight they will take the same court.
Aiming to halt its three game losing streak, the Rutgers men's basketball team (11-13, 3-9) will attempt to take advantage of its home court advantage and stop the red hot Seton Hall Pirates 7 p.m. tonight at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.
RU, SHU renew rivalry
Seton Hall enjoyed a quiet flight home Sunday morning.
There was a good reason for that, considering that the Pirates were sharing the plane ride with the Rutgers basketball team, their opponent tonight in Piscataway.
"It was a regular flight,'' Seton Hall sophomore guard John Allen said. "I didn't talk to anybody. I don't know any of their players.''
The Pirates' goal tonight is to make the Rutgers Athletic Center as quiet as that airplane was. But they know it won't be easy, despite the fact that the reeling Scarlet Knights (11-14, 3-9 Big East) have lost three consecutive games.
Hall hopes to 'RAC' up a victory
The intensity will be there as it always is whenever Seton Hall and Rutgers play, but one thing will still be missing, as it usually is, when this rivalry is renewed for the 42nd time tonight at the Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway: two good teams playing for high stakes.
"When both of these programs get good, and we're both battling for the NCAA Tournament, that's when this thing is really going to be great," Rutgers junior Sean Axani said of playing Seton Hall. "That's what it's going to take to make this rivalry like all the other ones that people talk about in college basketball."
Rutgers is eager to star in its role as a spoiler
Gary Waters describes his relationship with God as "personal."
Were it not for the fact that the Rutgers University men's basketball coach opens every press conference saying, "I give honor to God because he's first and most important in my life," you might not be reading this sentence.
Waters doesn't impose "spirituality" on his players. He doesn't broach the subject. If you ask Waters about his faith, he'll gladly discuss it. Were he at a catholic school such as Seton Hall, talk of prayer and religion might flow more freely. But Rutgers is a different university, and Waters is well aware of the separation between church and state school.
Rutgers' Waters, Seton Hall's Orr profess deep spirituality
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It's not that the jury's still out on Seton Hall's prospects for postseason play. It's just that the Pirates, winners of six in a row, have yet to present their closing arguments.
As they head into a busy week that begins with tonight's Rutgers rematch at the RAC in Piscataway, the Pirates are one of a handful of teams scattered across the nation that remain right on the NCAA Tournament bubble. And their immediate future, according to some of the college basketball's expert analysts, will rest on what the Pirates do over their five remaining games as much as anything else
Seton Hall can't let up now
Around the nation
It seems as if Ohio State won the college football national championship just yesterday. Indeed, on Monday, President Bush congratulated the Buckeyes at the White House.
Elsewhere, last season seems a distant memory. Spring practice has begun at Texas, Mississippi, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Central Florida, Tulane, North Texas and Fresno State. Georgia, Clemson, Brigham Young and Texas Christian start this week.
Spring into football
5. At Miami, the focus will be on replacing quarterback Ken Dorsey. Many assume Brock Berlin will take over, but don't count out athletic Derrick Crudup, who can make something out of nothing. That may be a key for an attack that's looking for receivers.
College football programs already are springing forward
Strip away the rhetoric, all the knee jerks, and what Ernie Chambers is saying makes sense.
Football players -- most all major-college athletes for that matter -- are overworked. They sacrifice their bodies for revenue. While they toil, the university can milk their existence for every penny. Try asking Rex Grossman how much he got for all those No. 8s Florida sold in the bookstores.
Senator's player pay plan not as loony as some think
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