Mike Rice's teams at Rutgers often look as though they're in a hurry to catch up to the rest of the Big East Conference. The focus has been on an up-tempo style for a roster dominated by young, talented guards.
The frenzied pace is still part of the plan after a 14-18 (6-12 Big East) finish last year in which seven freshmen took up most of the space on the roster. But one player, junior transfer Wally Judge, is bucking the third-year coach's game plan when it comes to tempo.
Judge, a 6-foot-9, 250-pound power forward, sat out last season after arriving from Kansas State. The high school All-America could be the answer for Rutgers, which desperately needs an inside game to balance its guard-oriented attack.
''The year off taught me to slow down,'' Judge said. ''It's not always about being the fastest. I've learned to think the game through, slow down and become a better player.''
Music to the ears of Rutgers fans, who are starving for their first NCAA tournament appearance since ...