|Rutgers||E Carter 14.9||W Judge 5.6||M Mack 2.7|
|Notre Dame||J Cooley 13.6||J Cooley 10.6||E Atkins 5.9|
Notre Dame battles Rutgers in the second round of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. Tipoff is at 9 p.m. EST and you can see it on ESPN 2. The Fighting Irish defeated the Scarlet Knights 69-66 on Jan. 19 and are 5-2 against them over the past four years.
In their last game on Mar. 9, Garrick Sherman put up 14 points for the Fighting Irish in a loss to Louisville, 73-57. While contributing 3.3 rebounds per game, he also scores 6.9 points per game. For the Scarlet Knights, Wally Judge put up 20 points and 10 rebounds in the 76-57 blowout of DePaul on Mar. 12. He averages 7.2 points per game in addition to a team-best 5.6 rebounds per game.
- Notre Dame has a much higher 4-year graduation rate than Rutgers according to Kiplinger (90.1 percent vs. 49 percent).
- Notre Dame has more wins against the RPI Top 50 than Rutgers this season (five vs. one).
- Eric Atkins is ranked 22nd nationally in assists.
- AP voters think more highly of Notre Dame and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Rutgers (95 vs. zero).
- Notre Dame has a much lower admission rate (more selective) according to Kiplinger (29 percent vs. 61 percent).
- That must sting. Notre Dame has blown out Rutgers by 20 points or more on three occasions since 2000.
- Even computers respect Notre Dame more. Notre Dame has a better RPI this season than Rutgers (RPI: No. 43 vs. No. 107).
- Notre Dame is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on Notre Dame is 79.0 inches compared to 76.6 inches for Rutgers.
- It's only wins and losses, but Notre Dame has a better overall record than Rutgers this season (23-8 vs. 14-15).
- The Notre Dame scoring leader (Jack Cooley, 422 points) has more points than the Rutgers scoring leader (Myles Mack, 385 points).