“We’re in a pretty good situation,” coach Keno Davis said after the victory over top-ranked Pittsburgh on Tuesday night. “We’re in the top half of the best conference in the country.
“It puts us in the (NCAA Tournament) conversation. I’m sure if we had lost they wouldn’t be talking about us anymore.”
The Friars can’t afford a letdown against Rutgers if it hopes to give itself a chance at making the NCAA Tournament. The Scarlet Knights aren’t playing particularly well and are right near the bottom of the conference, but when the teams met in Providence, the Friars nearly blew a big second-half lead when it fell asleep on defense, so Fred Hill’s club won’t be intimidated on its home court.