Friday, March 2, 2007

Rutgers Weekend Preview

The 2006-07 Big East women’s basketball tournament starts this weekend at the Hartford Civic Center, and No. 18 Rutgers (19-8), as the conference’s second seed, received a first-round bye along with top-seeded UConn. The Scarlet Knights — winners of eight of their last 10 — will play the winner of the Notre Dame/DePaul contest on Sunday at 6 p.m. in the quarterfinals. The Scarlet Knights will be looking to erase the memory of last season, when they suffered a painful 56-40 upset loss to West Virginia in the quarters.

Winners of two of the last three regular-season titles, the Scarlet Knights are still in search of their first Big East tournament title. The festivities actually start tonight, with the Big East awards banquet. If Rutgers advances, the semifinal games will take place Monday night, with the finals Tuesday at 7. Should the seedings hold, the Scarlet Knights could see another shot at the No. 3 Huskies. For more on the women's basketball team, visit Rutgers women's basketball.

The men’s basketball team will play its final game of the season at home when it hosts Notre Dame tomorrow at 4 p.m. The game will also mark the final game for seniors Marquis Webb, Adrian Hill, Frank Russell, Jason Cherry, Jon Mimmo, and Shayle Keating. Those players will be honored during the Senior Day presentation. For more on men's basketball, visit men's basketball.

Rutgers baseball will go in search of its third-straight series this weekend, traveling to Atlanta to take on No. 14 Georgia Tech for a three-game set over today, tomorrow, and Sunday. Head coach Fred Hill needs only three more wins to reach the 900 mark for his career, in his 31st season of coaching and 24th on the Banks. For the full weekend preview, visit baseball.

Rutgers softball will travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., for the University of North Carolina Tournament. More softball news can be found at softball.

Both lacrosse squads will be in action, with the women (2-0) looking to build on the program's best start since 1999 by taking on Delaware at home tomorrow at 1 p.m. The men will also face the Blue Hens, traveling to the Delaware campus for a 1 p.m. start tomorrow as well. Women's lacrosse news can be found at women's lax. For more men's lacrosse coverage, visit men's lax.

In other sports, the track teams compete in their respective championships, as the women's team travels to the ECAC Championship, with the men competing in the IC4A Championship, both in Boston. The wrestling team travels to the EIWA Championships this weekend, while the Swimming and Diving program hosts the Zone Diving Championships at the Sonny Werblin Rec Center. Gymnastics will host Cornell on Saturday at the Livingston Gym. The tennis teams are both in action on one of the busiest weekends of the year, as the women's team travels to Columbia on Saturday and the men host Hofstra on Sunday.

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