Rutgers vs. Notre Dame: Full Game Preview

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Rutgers vs. Notre Dame: Full Game Preview
Rutgers
(15-15, 4-8 away)
(24) Notre Dame
(23-8, 18-2 home)
Venue: Madison Square Garden
9:00PM ET / 6:00PM PT, March 13, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
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.

Rutgers StatSmack

  • 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).
RU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Myles Mack 30 13 3 3 2 0 2
B- Eli Carter 29 15 3 2 1 0 3
C+ Dane Miller 26 7 5 3 1 1 2
C Wally Judge 22 7 5 1 0 1 2
C Jerome Seagears 27 6 2 3 1 0 2
C Kadeem Jack 18 6 5 0 0 1 1
C- Austin Johnson 17 5 2 1 0 0 1
C- Mike Poole 18 4 3 1 1 0 1
D+ Derrick Randall 8 2 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Malick Kone 11 3 2 0 1 0 1
D Vincent Garrett 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
ND Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Jack Cooley 30 14 11 1 1 1 1
B+ Jerian Grant 0 13 3 6 1 0 3
B+ Eric Atkins 0 12 3 6 1 0 2
B Pat Connaughton 32 8 5 2 0 0 1
B- Scott Martin 30 8 6 1 1 0 1
C+ Tom Knight 17 5 3 1 0 1 1
C Garrick Sherman 15 7 3 0 0 0 1
C C. Biedscheid 18 7 1 1 0 0 1
C Zach Auguste 11 4 3 0 0 1 1
D Austin Burgett 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Patrick Crowley 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
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