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During the final home game of a college sports team’s season, it is customary to honor the home team’s senior athletes before or after the game in what will be their final time wearing their school's home uniform.This yearly tradition is done to recognize the student-athletes who usually dedicated four or more years of their lives to a program as a commemorative parting gift.No senior was more deserving of that recognition this season than Rutgers men’s basketball guard Myles Mack.The Daily Targum’s Senior of the Year experienced much more adversity than the typical college athlete would during a four-year career.That came courtesy of the Mike Rice scandal, which plastered a scarlet letter on the Scarlet Knights’ basketball program.But as other teammates left for greener pastures and to avoid the relentless media criticism, Mack’s mind never wavered, electing to stay with the Knights simply because he loved representing his home state.His reward for staying was not an NCAA Tournament berth — which would have been the programs first since 1991 — nor was it even a single winning season.Instead, Mack will go down as one of the greatest players to ever don a Rutgers basketball jersey.The Paterson, New Jersey, native ends his career as a Knight as fourth all-time in assists, seventh in scoring and second in steals behind only current head coach Eddie Jordan.Coming from national powerhouse St.
Progression doesn’t happen overnight.It takes time, effort and a willingness to consistently improve with each passing day, regardless of how much raw talent someone has at their disposal.Junior center Greg Lewis epitomizes how hard work and determination eventually has its payoff.The Daily Targum’s Most Improved Player didn’t garner nearly as much recognition as his fellow tri-captains in seniors Myles Mack and Kadeem Jack, but his game showed vast improvements from a year ago.In the 2013-14 season, Lewis played in all 32 games but started in just one, averaging 1.5 points per game and 2 rebounds in 9.8 minutes per game.This season, the Baltimore, Maryland, native again made 32 appearances — only this time he started in every single one, making him and Mack the only Scarlet Knights to play and start every game this season.His minutes also spiked to 23.8 per game while averaging 5.3 points and finishing third on the team in total rebounds.Out of context, the numbers appear to be miniscule improvements.
Head coach Eddie Jordan called the Big Ten Tournament the start of a new season, and to the Rutgers men’s basketball team’s credit, it played like it was.Unfortunately for the Scarlet Knights, the game ended with the same result: a 15th straight defeat.
The last time a basketball team from New Jersey visited Ann Arbor, Michigan, it resulted in a conference-less N.J.I.T. upsetting a then ranked Michigan on its home floor.On Sunday, the Rutgers men’s basketball team was hoping to continue the trend.
In what was the final home game for two of the most decorated players in Rutgers men’s basketball history in seniors Kadeem Jack and Myles Mack, the night was already special.But with a No .10 team in Maryland coming into Piscataway, Tuesday night had a chance to be something more.
Long after Rutgers men’s basketball fans have filed out of the Louis Brown Athletic Center and media have finished their postgame stories, Kadeem Jack can still be found working on his game.Whether it’s shooting, running wind sprints or other basketball drills, the senior sometimes stays past midnight perfecting his craft on the RAC’s hardwood.
Little by little, the resolve of the Rutgers men’s basketball team has been tested and little by little, that resolve has deteriorated.Any fight remaining seemed to disappear last Sunday when the Scarlet Knights fell to Indiana in Piscataway by 30 points and players began to vent their frustrations.
Eddie Jordan’s statement to his starting lineup following the Rutgers men’s basketball team’s embarrassing defeat at Iowa last Thursday was crystal clear.Play better or risk being pulled five minutes into the game.
Nobody said it was going to be easy.It’s a message that’s understood by every player and coach on the Rutgers men’s basketball team and one that head coach Eddie Jordan repeats on the jumbotron every home game during the Scarlet Knights’ team introduction video.That message, of course, refers to rebuilding a Rutgers program reduced to scraps nearly two years ago following the infamous Mike Rice scandal.The incident saw the team’s head coach, athletic director and majority of top players depart leaving an already struggling program tarnished and without guidance.
On that night, the Rutgers men’s basketball team lost its ninth consecutive game in what was former head coach Fred Hill, Jr.’s final season at the helm.
Despite the prospects of an eighth-straight defeat, the Rutgers men’s basketball team returned to the court Sunday evening at the Louis Brown Athletic Center with the backing of a sell-out crowd.Among the 8,003 in attendance were 22 NBA scouts, all gathered in Piscataway for one reason.D’Angelo Russell and No.
The Rutgers men’s basketball team has lost six straight games. Illinois has not had back-to-back wins since the year changed to 2015.
The Rutgers men’s basketball team only had itself to blame. Leading by two points with less than eight minutes remaining, the Scarlet Knights were within grasp of achieving a massive upset at No. 22 Indiana on Saturday afternoon in front of a sold-out crowd of 17,472 in the historic Assembly Hall.
Not even a helping hand from Mother Nature was enough to prevent the inevitable outcome facing the Rutgers men’s basketball team.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Turnovers, free throws, perimeter defense.
The last time the Rutgers men’s basketball team faced Penn State, Kadeem Jack’s resolve was tested.
Entering Tuesday night’s Big Ten clash against a wounded Michigan squad at the Louis Brown Athletic Center, Rutgers men’s basketball head coach Eddie Jordan stressed the importance of regaining the team’s defensive form.
The last time the Rutgers men’s basketball team played at the Louis Brown Athletic Center, it celebrated amongst the Rutgers crowd in celebration of its historic victory over then-No. 4 Wisconsin, 67-62.
The symptoms of a special night in Piscataway were there. It started when No. 4 Wisconsin announced that star forward and preseason All-American Frank Kaminsky would miss the game with concussion-like symptoms after sustaining a blow to the head against Purdue on Wednesday.Then during a timeout in the first half, a lucky Rutgers basketball fan brought the 6,987 people who filled Louis Brown Athletic Center to their feet after amazingly sinking a half-court shot.
Entering the Rutgers men’s basketball team’s first-ever game in the renowned Big Ten conference, a strong first impression was ideal.But as they prepared to host Northwestern at the Louis Brown Athletic Center on Tuesday, the Scarlet Knights began without one of their top scorers.