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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.
In a rematch of two former Big East rivals, the 8-seed Rutgers women’s basketball team fell once again to the top-seeded Connecticut Huskies, 91-55, last night.Despite an impassioned effort in the first 10 minutes by the Scarlet Knights, the Huskies proved why they are considered the favorite to win their third national championship in a row.
In what ended up being her final game as a Scarlet Knight, senior wing Betnijah Laney managed to chip in 11 points and just four rebounds. Rutgers struggled all night long to keep up with top-seeded UConn, which advanced to the Sweet 16 after pounding Rutgers, 91-56, on its home floor in Storrs.
CHICAGO — It was all but over, and Bishop Daniels didn't know what to do except sink and shake his head in dejection.The junior guard breathed heavily as he walked off the United Center's hardwood with 76 seconds left in regulation, high-fiving his teammates sitting on the bench one at a time.He had given it his all: several step-back jumpers, a few slick reverse lay-ins and one electrifying, fully extended one-handed slam dunk in transition.
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.
With the regular season and Big Ten Tournament over, there is only one thing the Rutgers women’s basketball team can do now — wait.Wait for a potential spot in the NCAA Tournament, a proposition that has eluded the Scarlet Knights since 2012.After last year’s downward spiral and losing four of their last six games, the Knights were omitted from the tournament field by the selection committee.
Myles Mack pulls up for a deep three from beyond the top of the key against Minnesota on March 11 at the United Center in Chicago. Despite 15 points and a game-high four steals from the senior guard, the Knights' season ended after an 80-68 loss to the Golden Gophers in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament.
Junior guard Bishop Daniels follows through on a violent one-hand slam on March 11 in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament in Chicago. Daniels lit the United Center up with his athletic play, but his 15 points weren't enough as the Knights fell, 80-68.
Despite a roller coaster end to the season, senior wing Betnijah Laney and the Knights remain determined that their overall resume bodes well for their at-large NCAA Tournament hopes.
After a disappointing individual shooting performance on Senior Night, senior forward Kadeem Jack looks to rebound in a strong showing in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament against Minnesota.
The clock continues to tick on the Rutgers men's basketball team, which lost 14-straight games spanning 55 days to end the regular season.One last chance remains for the Scarlet Knights to make an impression Wednesday
For the first 20 minutes, it seemed as if the Rutgers women’s basketball team could do no wrong.The No. 23 Scarlet Knights (22-9, 12-6) came out firing in the first half against No. 24 Northwestern (23-7, 12-6), and went into halftime with a 37-27 lead.But the Knights’ aspirations of advancing and making a run deep into the Big Ten Tournament were erased once the second half began.
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.
Junior guard Bishop Daniels netted 11 points for Rutgers in a 79-69 loss to Michigan March 7.
It's difficult to argue there's a more frustrated player in the Rutgers men's basketball team's locker room right now than Kadeem Jack.The senior forward was the first one to speak to the media after the Scarlet Knights' 60-50 loss to No. 10 Maryland on Tuesday's Senior Night in Piscataway. He was also the first one to leave.Even after corralling a career-high 16 rebounds, Jack suffered through another dreadful outing from the field, shooting 2-for-13 while producing five points and three turnovers in 36 minutes.
Senior forward Kadeem Jack looks to build on his 16 rebounds from Tuesday night's loss to Maryland.
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.
Myles Mack pushes the ball past a defender to the right wing last night against Maryland. The senior guard struggled in his final act at the RAC, managing just eight points on 3-of-10 shooting in Rutgers' 60-50 loss.
It looked like magic was in the air when Myles Mack knocked down a nearly impossible three-pointer with two Maryland defenders draped over him, evening the score at 45 in what had been a complete dogfight all night long for the Rutgers men's basketball team.After all, this was Senior Night for the Scarlet Knights, and it showed.Rutgers' effort and intensity on both ends of the floor — especially in transition — were there for 40 minutes.
Junior center Greg Lewis takes it strong to the rim in the loss to Maryland last night. Lewis poured in 14 points in the defeat.