Originally posted on SNY Rutgers:

By Matt Sugam

A few games into Big East play, Mike Rice began to realize a trend in Rutgers’ schedule. His team was constantly facing teams coming off long layoffs while the Scarlet Knights had a quick turnaround.

So Rice had his assistant Brad Wachtel dissect the schedule. What he found was a schedule front loaded with teams coming off at least four full days off in between games when facing Rutgers five out of the first eight Big East games following the opener.

And that doesn’t include the Notre Dame game, who had three full days to prepare while Rutgers played a 9:00 p.m. game at home two nights before the game in South Bend.

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