Marquette has been unbeatable at home, but the Golden Eagles will have to win on the road if they hope to have a shot at winning the Big East Conference regular-season title. Marquette is tied for second with Louisville - one game behind Georgetown - with two to play entering Tuesday's matchup at Rutgers. The Golden Eagles have won four of five overall and improved to 16-0 at home with Saturday's 72-64 victory over Notre Dame. Marquette has won the past six meetings against the Scarlet Knights.
Rutgers will be holding Senior Night as it attempts to reverse a skid that has seen the team drop four straight and 10 of 11 games. The Scarlet Knights' drought continued with a 64-51 defeat at Big East leader Georgetown on Saturday. Rutgers' only win in the last 11 games was a two-point decision at home over Seton Hall, although each of its last four losses prior to Saturday were by eight points or fewer.
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ABOUT MARQUETTE (21-7, 12-4 Big East): Junior Jamil Wilson has emerged as a dependable and consistent offensive force in the past month, scoring in double figures in seven of the last eight games despite connecting on only 3 of 15 3-point attempts in the past four. He tied his season high with 19 points against Notre Dame and was complemented by senior center Chris Otule, who pumped in a season-high 16 points on 8-for-8 shooting after scoring in double figures only twice since Thanksgiving.
ABOUT RUTGERS (13-14, 4-12): The Scarlet Knights were limited to their second-lowest point total by Georgetown, marking the fifth time in nine games they have scorer 57 points or fewer. The season-ending injury to leading scorer Eli Carter (14.9 points), who suffered a fractured right fibula at DePaul on Feb. 16, has left a major void. Guard Myles Mack scored 28 points versus DePaul and followed it up with 24 points against Villanova, has been held to nine points in each of the last two games.
1. Marquette leading scorer Vander Blue has a total of only 19 points in the last three games.
2. Mack is shooting 90.4 percent at the free-throw line, which leads the Big East and ranks fifth nationally.
3. The Golden Eagles are 3-4 on the road in conference play.
PREDICTION: Marquette 69, Rutgers 66