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Rutgers athletic director tells students: Newspaper going out of business 'would be great'

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Rutgers University's athletic director has told a class that it would be "great" if New Jersey's largest newspaper went out of business. The university says Julie Hermann's remarks to a media ethics and law class in February came before she knew about deep layoffs that were announced at The Star-Ledger last week. The Star-Ledger (http://bit.ly/1e7CJGJ ) reported on her remarks Monday, citing a recording provided by a student.

Preview: Rutgers vs. Louisville

You don't have to tell seventh-seeded Rutgers that No. 5 Louisville is playing its best basketball of the season heading into Thursday's American Athletic Conference tournament quarterfinals in Memphis, Tenn. The Scarlet Knights hung with the defending national champion in January before suffering a 102-54 loss to the Cardinals last month. Louisville won nine of its final 10 games to claim a share of the AAC regular-season title but lost a coin flip with Cincinnati for the tournament's top seed.

Preview: Cincinnati at Rutgers

It has been a decade since Cincinnati claimed a conference championship, but that drought may come to an end Saturday afternoon as it visits reeling Rutgers. The Bearcats earned a pivotal 97-84 victory over Memphis on Thursday night and can secure at least a share of the American Athletic Conference title with a victory Saturday. Rutgers' difficult season continued Wednesday as it dropped a 69-63 decision to Connecticut.

Louisville 102, Rutgers 54

No. 8 Louisville 102, Rutgers 54: Luke Hancock registered career highs with 25 points and six 3-pointers to lead the host Cardinals in a rout over the Scarlet Knights.

Preview: Rutgers at Temple

Temple tries to snap its longest losing streak in 38 years and win for only the second time at home when Rutgers visits on Wednesday. The Owls started their eight-game slide with a 71-66 defeat at Rutgers on Jan. 1 in the American Athletic Conference opener for both. “I thought (the season) would be a challenge, and it certainly has been,” Temple coach Fran Dunphy told reporters after an 80-76 loss to No. 15 Cincinnati on Sunday. “We have to be as positive as we can be, try to get better.”

Cincinnati 71, Rutgers 51

Cincinnati 71, Rutgers 51: Sean Kilpatrick overcame a rough shooting night to score 16 points and help the host Bearcats pull away for their eighth straight win. Kilpatrick made only 1-of-10 3-point attempts but was 9-of-10 from the line for Cincinnati (15-2, 4-0 AAC), which made a season-high 31 free throws in 40 attempts. Freshman Troy Caupain had 14 points off the bench and Justin Jackson finished with 11 points and seven rebounds.

Smith's free throws save Louisville in win over Rutgers

Smith's free throws save Louisville in win over Rutgers PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Louisville guard Russ Smith admittedly didn't play well in the open court, but he compensated at the free throw line in the Cardinals' 83-76 win over Rutgers Saturday at the Rutgers Athletic Center. Smith led No. 14 Louisville (13-2) with 22 points, including 14 of 16 from the free throw line. He also committed an uncharacteristic five turnovers and recorded just one assist. Smith now has 1,501 points for his college career.

Preview: Louisville at Rutgers

Louisville will try to avoid looking ahead when it continues its early American Athletic Association slate at Rutgers on Saturday. The 10th-ranked Cardinals, who throttled Central Florida 90-65 in their AAC opener New Year's Eve, have a home matchup with No. 18 Memphis - one of the few teams given a chance to contend with Louisville in the league - on the horizon. Before that, they must continue to ride senior leader Russ Smith in the first matchup with the Scarlet Knights as AAC opponents.

Preview: Louisville at Rutgers

Louisville will try to avoid looking ahead when it continues its early American Athletic Association slate at Rutgers on Saturday. The 10th-ranked Cardinals, who throttled Central Florida 90-65 in their AAC opener New Year's Eve, have a home matchup with No. 18 Memphis - one of the few teams given a chance to contend with Louisville in the league - on the horizon. Before that, they must continue to ride senior leader Russ Smith in the first matchup with the Scarlet Knights as AAC opponents.

Preview: Temple at Rutgers

Two teams looking to start over after inconsistent non-league performances meet when Temple visits Rutgers on Wednesday in the American Athletic Conference opener for both. Temple beat a solid Alabama-Birmingham squad, but lost to 4-8 Texas Southern before scoring in triple figures for the first time since 2007 in its last game against LIU-Brooklyn. The Scarlet Knights won three of their first four, lost six of the next seven and come into their meeting with Temple off two straight victories.
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