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Thursday / December 1.
  • NEWARK, N.J. — Herb Pope has had Sunday’s date circled on his calendar since the Big East scheduled was released.

    That’s when Pittsburgh comes to the Prudential Center to face Pope and Seton Hall (2 p.m.).

    Pope, a native of Aliquippa, Pa., who initially committed to Pittsburgh out of high school, can’t wait.

    “This is the only game that I think I circled…because I’m big into my school spirit and all that,” Pope said after scoring 10 points and grabbing 7 boards in Thursday’s win over Louisville.

    With all the uncertainty surrounding the Rutgers basketball program, speculation has run rampant that Mike Rosario and/or Dane Miller could opt to leave after the season and go elsewhere.

    But Mickey Walker, Miller’s AAU coach with Upstate Basketball, says he doesn’t see the 6-foot-7, 210-pound Miller going anywhere after his freshman season.

    “In terms of transferring that makes no sense,” Walker said. “It’s so obvious that it’s a good situation for him, that that’s never come up.

    “If a kid wants to be a pro, what situation is better for him than to play a lot in the Big East?”

    Miller scored a game-high 26 points in Rutgers 94-68 loss Wednesday to Villanova at the RAC and spearheaded a second-half comeback.