Rutgers-Marquette: They're Golden

By Jeff Lippman - March 05, 2007

Rutgers is the No. 2 seed, Marquette the No. 3 seed, let's pray that this one is better than the first.

The Scarlet Knights are 20-8, but went 12-4 in conference during the season. They beat the 10 seed to get here in DePaul, 63-55.

For Marquette, 25-5 on the year and also 12-4 in conference, it took a 10-point victory over the six seed, Pitt.

The winner gets the Huskies. Case in point, there are no winners.

The last time Rutgers played Connecticut was in Piscataway where the Huskies used them as mops, wiping the floor with them, 70-44. Marquette's last rendevouz with UConn fared far better, losing a close game at home, 52-48. Of course, you must take into consideration that tomorrow's final will be a UConn home game.

Before they can think about UConn, however, they must beat each other.

They two teams met last on Jan. 30 in Piscataway, with Rutgers taking that contest 66-56.

The Golden Eagles are led by sophomore guard Krystal Ellis who averages 18.2 points per game and has scored in double digits in 18 straight games.

For the Knights it's freshman phenom--who once scored 100 points in a high school game--Epiphanny Prince who leads the way scoring 13.4 points per game. They boast the Defensive Player of the Year in Essence Carson, a 6-foot junior who scores 12.8 a game and grabs more than six boards per.

Six-foot-four center Kia Vaughn is a force inside, averaging 12.9 points and 9.8 boards.

Rutgers has a pretty nice contingent here, located about three hours away from Piscataway.

Posted by Jeff Lippman at 08:14 PM on March 05, 2007

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