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
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.