The No. 2 Syracuse Orange look to continue their best start in program history as they head to Piscataway to tangle with the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at the RAC.
This will be the 47th meeting in the all-time series. Syracuse holds a 37-9 edge in the rivalry after it won its last 11 games with Rutgers.
Rutgers fell for the fourth straight game on Wednesday as it was bested 71-53 by the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Scarlet Knights shot 39.3 percent from the field and slightly lost the rebounding battle 37-35 to Notre Dame in the loss. Second year head coach Mike Rice's Rutgers team is 12-14 and 4-9 in Big East action. The Scarlet Knights have not been overwhelming offensively, averaging just 65.7 ppg, and they have allowed opponents to outscore them with an average of only 64.3 ppg.
The Scarlet Knights are a very young team as no seniors receive significant playing time. Freshman guard Eli Carter leads the charge with a scoring average of 13.6 ppg. Carter has scored in double figures 20 times this season and ranks third among freshmen in scoring in league play. Myles Mack has been a very serviceable sixth man. In his last 16 games, Mack has netted 10.0 ppg off the bench. With Gilvydas Biruta providing size and scoring from the forward position and Dane Miller's energetic play on the wing, Rutgers has the tools to hang around with nearly anyone, but still lacks the experience.
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