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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 coach C. Vivian Stringer enjoys bonding with her team on long bus rides to road games during the season. For Stringer, it's the ideal time to build camaraderie with her team while playing cards, watching movies or just sharing stories about life away from the basketball court.
So when given the choice between a two-hour plane trip or a seven-hour bus ride for her team's game at Virginia Tech in January, Stringer picked the latter.
Rutgers women eager for revenge against Virginia Tech

Men's Basketball

Jerome Coleman said he never envisioned this Rutgers team being 8-5. Kareem Wright called it totally frustrating, a theme echoed by Ricky Shields and Herve Lamizana.
The Scarlet Knights, perhaps more than anyone else, are aware of the talent and the expectations. They are also aware of their undoing: An inability to close out tight games.
Inability to finish games haunting 8-5 Rutgers

Herve Lamizana sat in the locker room after yesterday’s 62-52 home loss to Seton Hall, his head bowed, his baritone voice barely audible.
Throughout a season of disappointment Lamizana has remained positive. After a loss to West Virginia 11 days ago he defiantly pointed out that there were six games remaining -- plenty of time to salvage a season gone wrong.
Loss to Seton Hall effectively ends Rutgers’ miserable season

Andre Barrett scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half and Seton Hall closed the game with a 10-0 run to take a 62-52 victory over Rutgers Tuesday night.
The Pirates (14-9, 8-4) won their seventh straight and swept the season series from Rutgers (11-14, 3-10), leaving the Scarlet Knights in last place in the Big East West Division with three games remaining.
The Pirates' six-game conference winning streak is their longest since winning a school-record eight straight in 1992-93.
Seton Hall Defeats Rutgers 62-52

As chants of "this is our house" from Seton Hall fans echoed the Louis Brown Athletic Center, the Rutgers men's basketball team faced the possibility of not representing New Jersey in the Big East tournament, as the Pirates may be the lone ambassador for the Garden State at Madison Square Garden.
With Georgetown defeating Providence and three games left on the schedule, RU's 62-52 loss to the Pirates (14-9, 8-4) last night further pushes the Knights (11-14, 3-10) towards the unthinkable -- not qualifying for postseason action.
Knights succumb to Pirates

Even the worst years, the worst teams, the Scarlet Knights respected the Rutgers Athletic Center. They dug deep, fed on the fury of a screaming sellout, and never let teams march into this gymnasium and embarrass them. Greg Morton thrust his arms to Section 312, way high, where he could hear the Seton Hall student body singing, "THIS IS OUR HOUSE ... THIS IS OUR HOUSE," and humiliation holds no boundaries for Rutgers. Slumped shoulders, heads hanging, the Knights disappeared into the double doors out of the gymnasium, out of Big East tournament contention, out of sight, out of mind.
A home to call their own

Drowning in a black sweatshirt at least five-feet long, Herve Lamizana sat down, put his head in his hands, and gave the look of a man in mourning.
Yes, barring a miracle of the "on ice" or "Music City" variety, Lamizana's Rutgers squad is missing the Big East tournament for the second time in his three years here. And yes, Rutgers dropped an ugly one to rival Seton Hall on Tuesday, falling 62-52 after forgetting how to finish, once again.
Rutgers guard feels out of place

Donald Copeland pumped his fist, wearing a grin that could be seen throughout the Rutgers Athletic Center.
Copeland is the same Seton Hall freshman who had been burned by a wicked crossover move by Notre Dame's Chris Thomas last month, a play that was shown repeatedly on ESPN's "SportsCenter" later that night.
But the 5-foot-8 freshman made one of the biggest defensive plays of Seton Hall's season Tuesday night.
Hall's Copeland steals the show

The plea came with 7:16 to play and Seton Hall trailing rival Rutgers by four.
The messenger was Pirates coach Louis Orr and the message to Andre Barrett was a simple one.
"I told Andre you can do it," Orr said. "It's your time."
Barrett, Pirates sink Knights

Six-foot-ten forwards with wingspans like supersonic transports can dazzle you when they're blocking eight shots and taking away your rhythm.
But with the game on the line, it's the 5-foot-10-on-his-tiptoes point guard who won't give up the ball, who'll show courage by hitting clutch 3-pointers, who wins the game.
Seton Hall throttles Rutgers

With civil war raging back home in the Ivory Coast, Herve Lamizana knows he has a decision to make soon: Does he return for another year at Rutgers or does the junior forward apply to the NBA Draft so he can possibly earn the money he needs to bring his mother to the United States?
Lamizana agonizes over NBA

There are games like this. They drive the circuitry on the overhead scoreboard to the edge of electronic hiccups. Out on the floor, both teams were fumbling and stumbling. Defense kept each side from self-immolation. For most of the night, they were 10 characters in search of a hero, about as artistic as the finger-painting class at the Happy Hour Nursery School. You could almost hear each of them think:
Barrett takes charge

For anyone still wondering how Seton Hall and Rutgers have reached the point they're at right now, the final 3 1/2 minutes of their game last night probably answered the questions once and for all.
One team finds a way to make things happen -- largely because of the clutch play of its point guard.
Seton scores last 10 to beat Rutgers

There's wasn't much coach Gary Waters could tell his player's following Tuesday night's 62-52 loss to Seton Hall. His Rutgers University men's basketball team had heard this same postgame speech before. Nine times to be exact. That's how many second-half leads the Scarlet Knights have blown this season.
"Every game has been the same scenario," said Waters, whose team led by two points with 3:21 remaining. "We let it get away and that's been our entire season. It's the same M.O. It's a game we should have won. I take the blame for this because we should be better."
Seton Hall beats Rutgers with 10-0 run to end game

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High School Prospect

Records are made to be broken, but not usually this fast.
Just three days after Darryl Watkins set a Paterson Catholic record by scoring 54 points in a game, senior guard Marquis Webb scored 60 points in a 91-39 victory over Glen Rock. Both have now scored more points in a game than Tim Thomas of the Milwaukee Bucks, who topped out at 47 points during his high school career.
Webb erupts for 60

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Interesting Article

Adolph Rupp eventually saw the need for black basketball players. Bear Bryant saw the need for black football players. Two of the Southeastern Conference's last three basketball national championships have been won by black coaches.
But the South's last stand against integration remains on the SEC football sidelines. With the hirings of Mike Price at Alabama and Rich Brooks at Kentucky this winter, the league now has had 337 head football coaches.
Not one has been an African-American
Football programs continue to pitch shutout

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