Piscataway, N.J. – Rutgers (12-8, 3-6) returns to the friendly confines of the RAC to host No. 11/12 Louisville (18-4, 6-3) Wednesday (Feb. 6) evening in a 7:30 p.m. tip-off. The Cardinals, who have been ranked No. 1 in both polls this season, are ranked No. 11 by the AP and No. 12 in the coaches poll. RU will be working to snap a four-game kid, while UofL will be looking to win its third straight.
Fans have the opportunity to purchase $45 200 level seats for the game for just $30 and $25 300 level seats for only 10 dollars by utilizing the promo code LOUISVILLE13. In addition, D.J. Yoshi will make his debut as the RAC’s house D.J. by supplementing the pre-game and in-game soundtrack. Attending students will have the opportunity to win an iPad mini, two advance tickets to Alesso and a Brother Jimmy’s gift certificate.
The game will be produced by the BIG EAST Network and will be televised live in high definition in the New York metropolitan region on MSG+ and via the web at ESPN3.com with Scott Graham calling the action and Bob Wenzel providing the analysis. On the radio, the contest will be broadcast live on the Rutgers Radio Network, WOR 710 AM in New York and WCTC 1450 AM in New Brunswick, as well as on Sirius 93 and XM 191. Chris Carlin will serve as play-by-play announcer and Dick Lloyd will provide commentary. WRSU (88.7) will also broadcast the game.
Wednesday evening’s contest marks the 12th meeting between the schools dating back to 1975, with the Cardinals holding a 10-1 advantage in victories. The Scarlet Knights are 1-3 at home versus UofL and 1-6 in BIG EAST regular season play. RU last defeated then No. 22 Louisville 65-56 at the RAC on Jan. 28, 2006. Last season, Despite 24 points from Eli Carter (Paterson, N.J.), Rutgers fell to No. 25 Louisville, 78-66, in front of 21,298 fans at the KFC Yum! Center. Carter shot nine-of-17 and added six rebounds with three assists. The Cardinals scored 44 of their points off turnovers and second-chance points.
Despite a combined 37 points from the backcourt trio of Myles Mack (Paterson, N.J.), Jerome Seagears (Silver Spring, Md.) and Carter, Rutgers dropped a 62-54 decision at No. 24/23 Cincinnati on Wednesday (Jan. 30) night. A late rally allowed the Bearcats to surge past the Scarlet Knights, who led 30-22 at the half. Rutgers hit eight of its 26 second-half shots and committed 10 turnovers over the final 20 minutes. Mack paced RU with 15 points, as Seagears and Carter both added 11.
Mack leads the BIG EAST in free throw percentage (.938), while also placing fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.452), sixth in steals (1.85) and 10th in field goal percentage (.509). He is first among the league’s guards in field goal percentage. Carter is second in free throw percentage (.902), also ranking 10th nationally in the category, and 10th in scoring (15.2). Wally Judge (Washington, D.C) is sixth in the league in field goal percentage (.547).
Louisville, under the leadership of 12th-year head Rick Pitino, earned a convincing 70-51 home victory over No. 25 Marquette on Sunday. The Cardinals’ backcourt of Russ Smith (18) and Peyton Siva (14) combined for 32 points. Louisville shot 51.9 percent and established a 38-26 rebounding advantage. Louisville leads the BIG EAST in steals (11.2) and turnover margin (+6.55), while also ranking third nationally in both categories. Smith is fourth in the league in scoring with 18.4 points-per-game.