No. 4 Rutgers vs. No. 13 East Carolina

By Jeff Lippman - March 18, 2007

Like the team they are about play, the Pirates of East Carolina had a shaky start to their season. Unlike, Rutgers, however, the Pirates had a shaky middle of their season as well.

With a record of 19-13 that comes largely due to a 10-game winning streak to end the season, ECU will be playing less to defeat the Big East Champs, and more to stay with them.

Rutgers plays phenomenal defense, with Essence Carson the Big East Defensive Player of the Year.

The Pirates start three players averaging double figures in scoring. Sophomore guard LaCoya Terry drops 13.2, sophomore guard Jasmine Young hits on 13.6 a game and senior center Cherie Mills scores almost 15 per.

Averaging almost 67 points a game this season, the Pirates will be trying to outrun the Scarlet Knights. Bad idea...

I can't imagine almost any team outrunning the Knights, and especially not ECU. They may be Conference USA champs, but in this game, I don't see them coming out looking like anything more than NCAA chumps.

Posted by Jeff Lippman at 09:24 PM on March 18, 2007

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