Game Preview: Rutgers

Nothing like playing New Jersey’s flagship school known as Rutgers. Last time we talked about Rutgers, it was during football season, and I went all-out in the “Big East Week 14 Jamboroo.” After the jump, we talk about what to expect tomorrow.

West Virginia is currently in 9th place in the Big East and Rutgers is in 13th. The Mountaineers check in at 17-10 overall as well as 8-7 in the Big East. Meanwhile, the Scarlet Knights have a record of 13-14 with a 4-11 record in the conference.

West Virginia is 4-6 on the road while Rutgers has a record of 10-5 at home. The RPI ranks the Scarlet Knights at #108 and the Mountaineers at #18.

Last year the Mountaineers got a 86-52 victory against the Scarlet Knights. Over the last four seasons, West Virginia is 4-0 against Rutgers, including 2-0 at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.

The RAC has been a difficult place to play, as evidenced by Rutgers’ home record. They almost beat Pitt there, and beat Villanova. On the other hand, they got curbstomped by Louisville recently at the RAC.

Rutgers’ leading scorer this season has been Jonathan Mitchell, averaging 14.4 PPG. Their two leading rebounders are Mitchell and Dane Miller at 5.9 RPG.

Meanwhile, WVU’s tournament hopes are in the air. Some are saying “on the bubble”, while others are saying that the big victories over Notre Dame and Purdue, along with RPI and strength of schedule should get them a 7 or 8 seed.

The game is the “Big East Game of the Week” on the Big East Network at 12 NOON. Check your local listings for channel… or, I could just give you a rundown…

Hartford-New Haven CT SNY-CT RSN
Washington, DC – Hagerstown DC WJAL IND
Tampa-St. Pete, Sarasota FL WFTS ABC
Chicago IL WCUU-CA IND
Rockford IL WTVO-DT2 ABC
South Bend-Elkhart IN WMYS IND
Wichita-Hutchinson Plus KS KSCW CBS
Lexington KY WTVQ ABC
Louisville KY WHAS ABC
New Orleans LA COX-NO COX
Baltimore MD MASN RSN
Lansing MI WHTV MNT
Albany-Schenectady-Troy NY TW-ALBANY RSN
Binghamton NY TW-BINGHAMTON RSN
Buffalo NY TW-BUFFALO RSN
Elmira NY TW-ELMIRA RSN
New York NY SNY-N RSN
Rochester, NY NY TW-ROCHESTER RSN
Syracuse NY TW-SYR RSN
Utica NY TW-UTICA RSN
Watertown NY TW-WATERTOWN RSN
Cincinnati OH EKRC CW
Columbus, OH OH WWHO CW
Dayton OH WBDT CW
Youngstown OH WYTV-DT2 MNT
Harrisburg-Lncstr-Leb-York PA WLYH CW
Johnstown-Altoona PA WHVL MNT
Philadelphia PA WPHL MNT
Pittsburgh PA WTAE ABC
Providence- New Bedford RI COX-NE COX
Knoxville TN WBXX CW
San Antonio/Austin TX KCWX CW
Green Bay-Appleton WI TW-WI2 RSN
La Crosse-Eau Claire WI KQEG FMN
Milwaukee WI TW-WI RSN
Bluefield-Beckley-Oak Hill WV WOAY ABC
Charleston-Huntington WV WCHS ABC
Clarksburg-Weston WV WVFX FOX
Parkersburg WV WTAP-DT3 MNT
Wheeling-Steubenville WV WTOV NBC

You’re welcome, readers.

Oh, and after the game, there will be BOXING!!!

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