No. 11 Cincinnati-No. 14 Rutgers: Big East Tourney First Round Preview

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No. 11 Cincinnati-No. 14 Rutgers: Big East Tourney First Round Preview

Rutgers Scarlet Knights @ Cincinnati Bearcats
9:00PM ET, March 9, 2010
Madison Square Garden
New York, NY

Cincinnati and Rutgers are heading into the Big East tournament coming off humiliating losses at the hands of Georgetown and Pittsburgh.

On top of that, both squads aren’t playing up to thier ability and are on bad losing skids.

During their only face-off in the regular season, Cincy kicked off the New Year with one of their only two road victories this season over the Scarlet Knights in Piscataway, NJ, 65-58.

Deonta Vaughn led all scorers with 17 points, and Lance Stephenson helped out with 10 points and six rebounds to lead the Bearcats to victory.

Jonathan Mitchell scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Mike Rosario kicked in 12 points for the Scarlet Knights.

Cincinnati has lost three straight and six of their last eight. While Rutgers is on a two-game losing streak, dropping four of their past five games.

Cincinnati has yet to win a Big East tournament game since joining the league, and Rutgers hasn’t been victorious in this tournament since the ’05-’06 season.

Cincinnati is an abysmal 2-9 on the road and lost its only game played at Madison Square Garden this season.

Rutgers isn’t any better, pulling off a record of 1-9 on the road this season.

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