PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers (10-15, 4-8) returns to the rugged road of the American Athletic Conference to meet 13/8 Louisville (20-4, 9-2) in a 6 p.m. tip-off on Sunday (Feb. 16) at the 22,090-seat KFC Yum! Center. It marks RU’s second of three straight games against nationally-ranked opponents. The Scarlet Knights will be working to earn their second consecutive AAC road victory. The Cardinals, who have been ranked as highly as No. 2 this season and are defending national champions, will be looking to earn their fourth straight win and eighth in nine games. RU’s last victory over a ranked opponent was a 67-62 win over No. 24 Pittsburgh on Jan. 5, 2013, while the last road victory over a ranked foe was a 77-64 win at Pitt on Jan. 26, 2008.
The Scarlet Knights are 1-12 all-time against defending national champions, including a loss to UofL earlier this season. RU defeated No. 8-ranked UConn, 67-60, at the RAC on Jan. 7, 2012 for their lone win over a defending title holder.
The game will be televised live nationally in high definition on ESPN2 with Bob Wischusen calling the action and Dan Dakich providing the analysis. On the radio, the contest will be broadcast live on the Rutgers IMG Sports Network, WOR 710 AM in New York and WCTC 1450 AM in New Brunswick. Chris Carlin will serve as play-by-play announcer and Dick Lloyd will provide commentary. WRSU (88.7 FM) will also broadcast the game.
Sunday evening’s contest marks the 14th meeting between the schools dating back to 1975, with the Cardinals holding a 12-1 advantage in victories. The Scarlet Knights are 0-5 on the road versus UofL . RU last defeated then No. 22 Louisville 65-56 at the RAC on Jan. 28, 2006. On Jan. 4, Rutgers led by eight points in the first half, but ultimately dropped an 83-76 decision to the 14/10-ranked Cardinals at the RAC. Junior guard Myles Mack (Paterson, N.J.) shot 6-of-13 to score 19 points with five assists, while junior forward Craig Brown (Miami, Fla.) produced a career-high 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting.
Rutgers is coming off a 77-65 home loss to No. 23 SMU on Friday night. Mack scored 17 points, while junior forward Kadeem Jack (Queens, N.Y.) contributed 15 and eight rebounds. The contest was originally to be played on Thursday, but was postponed a day due to inclement weather.
Louisville earned an 82-58 win at Temple on Friday evening in a game that was also rescheduled from the prior night due to poor weather. It was UofL’s first contest in nine days. Forward Montrezl Harrell scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds with four blocks in the victory. Guard Russ Smith shot 7-of-10 to contribute 15 points. Louisville is 19-0 against unranked teams and 0-4 against top-25 opponents this season. The Cardinals lead The American in scoring (82.3 ppg) and scoring margin (+20.1).