Marquette and Rutgers last faced off in the 2012 Big East tournament with the Scarlet Knights picking up a 52-43 win. - David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE
The Golden Eagles return home to take another swing at their first home Big East win of the season while facing off with the Scarlet Knights.
Marquette has yet to win a home game in 2013, and they look to change that trend tonight at 7pm against Rutgers. Tip off at the Al McGuire Center is at 7pm, but you can catch the action streaming live (and more importantly, free) from GoMarquette.com if you're either from out of town or snowed in. Kent Sommerfeld and Kyle Dlabay will call the action on the stream. It's Greek Night, with the fraternity or sorority that gets the best presence at the game picking up some philathropic funds. It should be a fun time with a packed student section with that in mind.
It might seem like a tough task to get their first home win against a team that Marquette has never defeated in 10 attempts, but this hasn't been the best season for Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights are just 1-7 away from the RAC this season and have lost four of their last six overall. Senior guard Erica Wheeler leads Rutgers in scoring at 10.5 points per game. She's been in double figures 11 times this season, but has only led the team in scoring six times. Monique Oliver has been dealing with an ankle bruise and has been a stellar sub in the last three contests, including 16 points against Providence and eight rebounds against Georgetown. Head coach C. Vivian Stringer currently sits four wins away from 900 career wins, so it would be kind of fun to postpone that party.
Rutgers does play outstanding defense, allowing just 0.77 points per possession and forcing turnovers on 32% of their opponents' possessions. The good news is that they don't have much going on for the offensive end. The Scarlet Knights cough it up on 30.3% of their own possessions, they struggle to get to the line (less than 1/3 as many free throw attempts as field goal attempts), and they only score 0.84 points per possession.