Officially named the Louis Brown Athletic Center, the Rutgers sports stadium has developed a reputation as one of the most difficult places to play in the Big East.">
Officially named the Louis Brown Athletic Center, the Rutgers sports stadium has developed a reputation as one of the most difficult places to play in the Big East.">

Syracuse will try to win at "The Rac"

They call it "The RAC." <br><Br> Officially named the Louis Brown Athletic Center, the Rutgers sports stadium has developed a reputation as one of the most difficult places to play in the Big East.

The arena will host the first meeting this season between No. 7 Syracuse (19-1, 6-0 Big East) and Rutgers (7-8, 1-4) at 7 p.m. on Monday.

"It's one of the toughest places to play in the Big East so we're looking forward to their talent," senior Josh Pace said. "I don't think our guys have had a win there since I've been here so this will be a good, tough time to get a win."

Although The RAC (short for Rutgers Athletic Center, which the arena was originally supposed to be named) sits only 8,000 people, the facility is a truncated pyramid, amplifying any kind of noise made in the stadium.

It has helped Rutgers to an all-time record of 298-121 (.711). Although Rutgers has lost last five of its last six, the Scarlet Knights won their most recent game at the RAC against Providence, 72-67.

When the Orange marched to a national championship in 2003, they lost a total of five games. One of them was at the RAC. Herve Lamizana banked in a three to give Rutgers a 68-65 win.

"We played well but they just found a way to win," junior Billy Edelin said. "We lost on a game-winning shot so that was tough … I'll never forget that play."

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