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Tough love, family atmosphere carry Rutgers far

Updated: April 3, 2007, 12:52 AM ET
By Graham Hays | ESPN.com

CLEVELAND -- It's not where you're from; it's where you're going.

According to Rutgers junior Essence Carson, who spoke those words during Monday's media session at Quicken Loans Arena, the phrase is one of coach C. Vivian Stringer's most oft-repeated mantras. And no string of words better sums up why Tuesday's national championship game (ESPN, coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET) is less the end of a journey for the Scarlet Knights than a waypoint on a much longer trip for which Stringer is ...

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