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If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.Members of the Rutgers volleyball team have had that old adage ingrained in their heads ever since joining the Big Ten Conference.The Scarlet Knights struggled mightily against conference opponents since the University joined the prestigious conference in 2014.
After a nightmare first season in the Big Ten, a lackluster start to its second campaign had the Rutgers men’s soccer team destined for another year at the bottom of the pecking order of its new conference.Four games into conference play, the Scarlet Knights had just one win — a 4-1 upset over then-No. 22 Indiana in Bloomington — sandwiched in between three losses to Wisconsin, Michigan State and Penn State, all at Yurcak Field.
Ask any member of the Rutgers men’s basketball team and they’ll say every game on the schedule is approached the same exact way.But when looking ahead to Tuesday’s game, it paled in comparison to the monster of a conference slate the Scarlet Knights will face in their second season in the Big Ten.The Knights' game against Central Connecticut State was supposed to be a walk in the park compared to the opposition they faced during the 4-game losing skid they had going into the game. Facing a winless opponent, the players who usually play heavy minutes had an opportunity to get some extended rest ahead of Rutgers’ matchup at George Washington, who is on the brink of entering the Top 25 after receiving 60 votes in the latest AP Poll.But the opportunity was wasted.While the Knights (4-5) eventually pulled away in the last 15 minutes to win by a score of 75-59, the Blue Devils (0-8) gave them a run for their money in the first 25.When the halftime horn sounded, Rutgers was up just three points, 28-25, and appeared to be going through the motions, hoping the talent gap between the teams would suffice.But the talent gap is only good if it is applied.Sophomore guard Mike Williams, who led the Knights in scoring against Seton Hall with 16 points, was scoreless on 0-for-2 shooting in the first half.Williams picked it up in the tail end of the second half, hitting his last two field attempts to push his final point total to eight, but his struggle to produce in the first three-fourths of the game was evident.There was a reason the Brooklyn, New York, native looked sluggish for most of the game.Williams walked into the locker room after the game alongside head coach Eddie Jordan, but the two weren’t only talking about the game.“He had a test to take about an hour and a half before the game.
For the first four and a half minutes of the Rutgers men’s basketball team’s showdown with in-state rival Seton Hall, it appeared the Scarlet Knights couldn’t miss.After giving up six points in the opening two minutes, the Knights went on an 18-5 run to take a 20-11 lead with 12:59 minutes remaining in the first half.
The Rutgers men’s soccer team entered 2015 expected to repeat the lackluster season it produced in its first season in the Big Ten the year prior.Returning a majority of the team that finished in second to last in the Big Ten with a record of 6-12-1, the Scarlet Knights were not looked at as a major threat in one of the premier conferences in the country.But looking back on a season that saw the Knights earned their first NCAA Tournament birth since 2011, reached the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament for the first time in program history and finished ranked in the final four NSCAA Coaches Polls, including a final No. 23 ranking, Rutgers proved the preseason predictions wrong.“It was awesome.
In both halves of the Rutgers men's basketball team's 69-68 loss to Wake Forest on Monday night, the Scarlet Knights (3-4) were led by a freshman from Florida.But while the big story was Corey Sanders’ red hot start to the second half, he wouldn’t have been able to give the Knights the lead after nearly 17 minutes of action if it wasn’t for Jonathan Laurent’s performance in the first half.The forward from Orlando led Rutgers in the opening 20 minutes with eight points and six rebounds, playing a big part in why the Knights trailed by just four at the half despite the team collectively going 10-for-38 (26 percent) from the field.“Coach always wants me to come off the bench and be aggressive,” Laurent said.
The No. 23 Rutgers men’s soccer team felt as if it was reliving 2011 when the NCAA Tournament bracket was released last week.Just like the last time they participated in the competition, the Scarlet Knights hosted — and won — the first round match against an opponent they were expected to defeat before traveling to a fourth-seed hoping to turn some heads with an upset.But instead of repeating the success of the past when they defeated fourth-seeded Boston College in a penalty shootout, the Knights (13-7-2, 4-4-0) returned home for the final time in 2015.Rutgers was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament after suffering a 6-1 pummeling at the hands of fourth-seeded Akron on Sunday afternoon in its second trip to Ohio of the season.
It appeared the Rutgers men’s basketball team was headed for another heartbreaking defeat for the second time in three days.After giving up a 16-point lead in a 61-59 loss to St.
For the first 110 minutes of the NCAA Tournament first round match between the Rutgers men’s soccer team and LIU Brooklyn, the crowd at Yurcak Field was as loud as ever, despite the horrific weather conditions throughout the night.But in the most crucial moment of the match, everything went silent.Junior goalkeeper David Greczek stood on the goal line with a chance to send his team to the next round of the biggest tournament in collegiate soccer.
It’s been four years in the making, but it was worth the wait.The Rutgers men’s soccer team plays its first NCAA Tournament match since 2011 when it takes on LIU Brooklyn under the lights at Yurcak Field.The only member of the Scarlet Knights (12-6-1, 4-4-0) returning from the last team to participate in the biggest tournament in collegiate soccer is JP Correa. The fifth-year senior saw action in the tournament as a freshman and will close his career on the Banks playing in the competition the Knights have been working to return to over four tumultuous seasons.“It’s a nice feeling,” Correa said of playing in the tournament twice.
When the Rutgers men’s soccer team fell 4-0 to Ohio State Friday in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament, the guaranteed portion of its schedule came to a close.For the past four seasons, the end of the conference tournament — whether it be the Big East, the American Athletic Conference or the Big Ten — marked the end of the season for the Scarlet Knights, who have failed to take part in the NCAA Tournament since their run to the quarterfinals in 2011.But this year was different.A successful season from the Knights made the NCAA Selection Show on Monday afternoon must-watch television for all involved with the program.
Entering its first Big Ten Tournament semifinal in program history, the No. 18 Rutgers men’s soccer team knew it had to remain focused and follow the game plan for 90 minutes if it wanted a shot to reach the finals.The last time the Scarlet Knights faced No. 12 Ohio State — their opponents in the semifinals — they were able to hold them scoreless for 90 minutes, winning 1-0 through a late goal from sophomore forward Jason Wright. The Knights looked to replicate their performance from that game in order to advance to their first ever Big Ten Tournament final.But the game plan quickly fell apart and Rutgers was unable to adjust.The Knights suffered a goal within a minute of either half in a 4-0 loss at the hands of the Buckeyes that eliminates them from the Big Ten Tournament.
Mike Williams had a decent night on the stat sheet for the Rutgers men’s basketball team in its 82-70 win against Howard on Sunday, scoring eight points to go with an assist, but his biggest contribution to his team did not appear on the final box score.The sophomore guard got his hands dirty for the Scarlet Knights (2-0) against the Bison (0-2), sacrificing his body by hustling to win loose balls and playing relentless defense.Two plays stood out from his performance that exemplified his willingness to put his body on the line.
It looked like the Rutgers men’s basketball team was headed for disaster.Looking to end the second longest losing streak in program history against Division III Rutgers-Newark, the Scarlet Knights struggled in the first half and entered halftime tied with the Scarlet Raiders, 33-33.Things were looking bleak for the Knights as the possibility of their losing skid reaching a tie for the program record seeming plausible.But then Mike Williams caught fire and the rest was history.The sophomore forward scored the first five points of the half to retake the lead for the Knights and they never looked back, outscoring Rutgers-Newark 39-26 on their way to a 72-59 win to open the 2015 season.Williams finished the night with his first career double-double, scoring a team-leading 18 points to go along with his career-high 11 rebounds and 5 assists.After a lackluster first half where he went 3 for 9, including 1 for 5 from three, Williams refused to be down and just kept shooting knowing one would go in eventually.“I was kind of upset that I was missing my threes, because this is what I was working on all summer and to not make them, I was upset,” Williams said.
When the final horn blew in the United Center to signal the end of the Big Ten Tournament's first round matchup between the Rutgers men’s basketball team and Minnesota, the Scarlet Knights' nightmare inaugural season in the conference came to a close.
There’s a first time for everything.The No. 18 Rutgers men’s soccer team experiences its first taste of Big Ten Tournament's latter stages Friday when it travels to Columbus for the semifinals to face the conference tournament's top seed in No. 12 Ohio State.Competing against elite opposition all throughout the regular season, the quality of the team on the other side of the field is nothing new for the boys from the Banks.“It’s a very big challenge, but everybody in this conference is a very big challenge, top to bottom, from Michigan State, who lost in the play-in game, to Ohio State, who’s the number one seed,” said head coach Dan Donigan.
Around this time last year, members of Rutgers men’s soccer team had already taken off their cleats for the final time. The eighth-seeded Scarlet Knights suffered a 2-0 defeat to top seed Maryland in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament to end their 2014 season.
For the first time in Eddie Jordan’s tenure as the head coach of the Rutgers men’s basketball team, he will be without Myles Mack and Kadeem Jack.
The sophomore slump is a phenomena in sports where players, coaches or teams struggle to replicate the success of their first season on a new team or in a new conference.The Rutgers men’s basketball team won’t lose time worrying about going through it.The Scarlet Knights hope to do a reverse sophomore slump — a sophomore surprise, if you will — in their second season in the Big Ten after their inaugural season in the conference ended in disaster.The Knights lost a program record 15 consecutive games to close out the season, and aside from pulling off the biggest upset in school history against a then-No. 4 Wisconsin team playing without eventual National Player of the Year Frank Kaminsky, there weren’t many positives before the skid either.Having lost their two best players from last season — point guard Myles Mack and power forward Kadeem Jack — to graduation, as well as the productive Junior Etou after he transferred to Tulsa, the Knights look to returning players and newcomers alike to fill in the gaps left behind.But while all the media attention is on the incoming freshman class — especially highly touted point guard Corey Sanders — and returning seniors Bishop Daniels and Greg Lewis, a couple of rising sophomores who faced similar struggles as the program they play for last season are quietly ready to take on more important roles for Rutgers.Sophomore point guard Mike Williams was recruited to Piscataway due to his ability to shoot the ball and put points on the board.
Aside from a black banner displayed across from the crowd on the opposite border of the field reading, “BIG TEN MEN’S SOCCER TOURNAMENT,” nothing really deviated from the usual at Yurcak Field.Although the competition being played in Piscataway was different, the result was the same.The fourth-seeded Rutgers men’s soccer team continued its strong home form Sunday afternoon by defeating fifth-seeded Northwestern, 2-0, in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament to book a spot in its semifinal for the first time in program history.But the win didn’t come easily.“It’s a hard fought, gutty win,” said head coach Dan Donigan.