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If ever there was a time when the Rutgers men's basketball team was crunched to make a run at the postseason, it is now. Faced with the task of winning two games on the road, the Scarlet Knights (12-14, 4-10) will attempt to keep their Big East tournament hopes alive when they travel to Madison Square Garden for their 7 p.m. matchup with the St. John's Red Storm.
For the Knights, playing at the Garden tonight will not only serve as an opportunity to get another conference victory, but may also be a glimpse of a place that they are fighting to get to for postseason action.
RU eyes postseason
No one knew it at the time, but by the second game of the season Rutgers had already set the tone for the type of year this would be.
The Knights had an 11-point lead with 7:26 to play at North Carolina on Nov. 20 when a pattern that would become disturbingly familiar first surfaced. Rutgers squandered that lead and more during a late-game meltdown in a 71-67 loss.
Rutgers struggling to hang in at end
Conditions in Herve Lamizana's native Ivory Coast worsen by the minute. Three of his uncles have already been killed. His mother and younger brother, living in the capital city of Abidjan, fear for their lives.
The Rutgers men's basketball star knows civil war is escalating back home. That's why Lamizana can no longer bring himself to watch CNN or read wire stories. He gets enough bad news in weekly telephone conversations with his mother. Lamizana hasn't seen her since he moved to the United States with dreams of playing professionally six years ago.
War in Ivory Coast haunts Rutgers' Lamizana
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Over the last two-plus decades, I have seen a lot of great single-game performances by South Jersey boys' basketball players. Glassboro High's Larry Bland, Paulsboro's Quincy Lee and Eastern's Mike Edwards would have to be on that list. Ditto Pitman's Joe Crispin and Camden's Billy Culbertson, Kevin Walls and Dajuan Wagner.
The had-to-see-it-to-believe-it performance by Northern Burlington's Cedric Jackson on Monday ranks right with them. In fact, it ranks toward the top, simply because it wasn't in a one-sided win.
Add Jackson to roll of stars
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Georgia basketball's week of discontent continued Wednesday when the school fired assistant coach Jim Harrick Jr. and questions continued to swirl about how long his father would remain head coach.
Georgia fires Jim Harrick Jr.; dad awaits fate
Will a welding certificate bring down St. Bonaventure? The emotional chain of events that began with the school's use of ineligible junior college transfer Jamil Terrell and led the Bonnies to abruptly end their season is having their future membership in the Atlantic 10 Conference questioned.
St. Bonnie's future in Atlantic 10 in doubt
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