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College basketball preview: Notre Dame vs. Rutgers

When: 8 p.m. today

Where: Purcell Pavilion, South Bend

Records: No. 20 Notre Dame 14-3, 2-2 Big East; Rutgers 12-4, 3-2

Web: ESPN3

Radio: 1480 AM

Notre Dame leaders: Jack Cooley (14.8 ppg); Cooley (10.7 rpg); Eric Atkins (6.9 apg)

Rutgers leaders: Eli Carter (15.69 ppg); Wally Judge (6.2 rpg); Dane Miller (2.8 apg)

Key matchup: The guards for the Irish and Scarlet Knights will be crucial tonight. Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant, a 6-foot-5 junior, is second on the team in scoring (12.6 ppg) and second in assists (5.1 ppg), and Atkins, a 6-2 junior, is third in scoring (12.2 ppg) and is the team’s assist leader. Carter, a 6-2 sophomore, leads the Knights in scoring and averages 2.3 assists, and Myles Mack, a 5-9 sophomore, is second on the team in scoring (13 ppg) and averages 2.6 assists.

The skinny: The Irish have lost their last two games, falling to Connecticut 65-58 on Jan. 12 and St. John’s 67-63 on Tuesday. … The Knights have won three of their last four games. … Notre Dame has won seven of its last nine games against Rutgers.

tkrausz@jg.net

– Tony Krausz, The Journal Gazette

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