|Providence||B Cotton 20.1||L Henton 8.3||V Council 7.2|
|Rutgers||E Carter 14.9||W Judge 5.6||M Mack 2.7|
On Saturday, Providence visits Louis Brown Athletic Center to take on Rutgers. Tipoff is at 9 p.m. EST and you can see it on ESPN U. The Friars are 5-1 against the Scarlet Knights over the last four years. The last time they played they won 78-67 on Feb. 1, 2012.
Providence is in 11th place in the conference and needs to hold off 12th place Rutgers.
In their last matchup on Feb. 20, Vincent Council put up 15 points and 7 assists for the Friars in a loss to Syracuse, 84-59. A crucial part of the team, he leads the way with 7.2 assists per game and 1.4 steals per game. The Scarlet Knights were defeated by Villanova 71-63 on Feb. 18 despite 24 points and 8 rebounds from Myles Mack. He leads the team in assists with 2.7 per game and steals with 1.7 per game.
- The Providence three-point leader (Bryce Cotton, 75 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Rutgers three-point leader (Myles Mack, 47 three-pointers).
- Providence waxed Rutgers by 11 points the last time they played (Feb 01, 2012).
- Providence has more wins over the last 5 years than Rutgers (90 vs. 79).
- Providence has been the favorite 17 out of the last 22 times.
- AP voters think more highly of Providence and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Rutgers (14 vs. zero).
- The Providence scoring leader (Bryce Cotton, 480 points) has more points than the Rutgers scoring leader (Eli Carter, 358 points).
- Providence has a better overall winning percentage over the last 30 years (53.8 percent to 45.8 percent).
- Providence has an average margin of victory of 11 over Rutgers in 15 wins since 1995.
- Even computers respect Providence more. Providence has a better RPI this season than Rutgers (RPI: No. 84 vs. No. 92).
- Providence has a much higher 4-year graduation rate than Rutgers according to Kiplinger (84.4 percent vs. 49 percent).
- The Providence assist leader (Vincent Council, 117 assists) has more assists than the Rutgers assist leader (Myles Mack, 64 assists).