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The Rutgers women’s basketball team is on the heels of one of its best games of the season and despite it being a loss, the Scarlet Knights’ confidence is on the rise.Rutgers (6-15, 3-5) has seen its ups and downs this season and specifically in Big Ten play.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The Rutgers men's basketball team faced an uphill battle before the ball was even tipped off Tuesday night. The Scarlet Knights were 11.5-point road underdogs pitted against No. 22 Maryland in front of a raucous sold-out crowd of 17,900 at the Xfinity Center. If Rutgers were to put themselves in a position to secure their second consecutive conference win, their first-ever Big Ten road win and, more notably, pull off an upset of the top-25 Terrapins, the Knights were going to need to ensure it didn't make that upset bid any harder on itself. When the final buzzer sounded, the Knights had checked off most of the boxes needed for a heavy underdog to steal a win.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Asked about what he has learned about his team a third into the Big Ten schedule and midway through his first season with the program, Rutgers head men’s basketball coach Steve Pikiell didn’t beat around the bush.“We’re consistently inconsistent,” he said, referencing the need for his players to play their best on a nightly basis.There is one thing the Scarlet Knights have done on a regular basis even before he arrived in Piscataway, but it's not positive — they haven't won a Big Ten road game since joining the conference three years ago.With former Major League baseball player Cal Ripken Jr., the king of sports consistency himself, watching from the front row of a sold-out Xfinity Center, Rutgers saw that streak extend to 23 games, suffering a 67-55 loss to No. 22 Maryland on Tuesday night.And it was lackluster free throw shooting, an issue the Knights have struggled with all season, that plagued them.
The Rutgers women’s basketball team left it all on the court in College Park, MD, but ultimately came up just short to Maryland, falling by a score of 80-71.The Scarlet Knights (6-15, 3-5) took the Terps blow for blow in the first half, but Maryland (19-1, 7-0) blew Rutgers out of the water in the third quarter, outscoring them 26-13.
The Rutgers men’s basketball team is faced with its toughest stretch of games of the season in the next week, with a trip to College Park, Maryland on Tuesday to take on No. 22 Maryland up next and a meeting with No. 15 Wisconsin Saturday at Madison Square Garden.The task is made harder by the fact the Scarlet Knights (12-6, 1-6) have just two days to prepare for the top team in the Big Ten. “It just lets us know that what we’ve been doing all year has been paying off,” said junior guard Nigel Johnson, after the team broke through and earned its first conference win of the against Nebraska on Saturday.
All 6,294 people packed inside of the Rutgers Athletic Center (RAC) Saturday afternoon likely had a hunch that the ball, along with the fate of the Rutgers men's basketball team, was going to wind up in the hands of Corey Sanders.And as the Scarlet Knights came out of a timeout trailing Nebraska by 1 point with under 10 seconds left, that's exactly what happened.The sophomore guard was put in a pick-and-roll with junior forward Deshawn Freeman on the left side of the court, with Freeman setting a screen to free up Sanders toward the inside.
Steve Pikiell is not one to waver and never one to hit the panic button.Even in the midst of a seven-game losing streak, the head coach of the Rutgers men’s basketball team remained optimistic, kept to his belief that the team was getting better and that it was getting closer to where he wanted it to be with each passing day.All the Scarlet Knights needed to get their first Big Ten win of the season, he said, was to play a full 40 minutes.
The last time the Rutgers men’s basketball team faced Nebraska, it saw its both its season and an era come to an end.An 89-72 loss to the Cornhuskers in the first round of last season’s Big Ten Tournament marked the end of Eddie Jordan’s three-year return to Piscataway to serve as the head coach of his alma mater, where he shone as a leader in the Scarlet Knights’ greatest ever season in 1976.Fast forward 325 days, the Knights host Nebraska Saturday at noon in the same venue they suffered a 90-56 blowout to the Huskers a little more than a year ago in what was the fourth loss of a program-record 17 game skid.
There won’t be harder game on the schedule for the Rutgers women’s basketball team as they head to College Park to take on No. 3 Maryland on Sunday afternoon.
The Rutgers men's basketball team was faced with its most rugged inside presence to date when it fell late to Seton Hall in the Garden State Hardwood Classic.Engineered by Angel Delgado and Ismael Sanogo, the Pirates asserted their dominance inside early and often as they were not only out-rebounding the Scarlet Knights—who entered the game as one of the nation's best on the boards—but also aided in drawing quick fouls on all four of the Knights' rotational bigs.Just under four minutes into the game, head coach Steve Pikiell went deeper into his bench than usual, calling upon sophomore forward Ibrahima Diallo, who had logged a total of 26 minutes across four game appearances to that point in the season. But Diallo proved to be more than just a body to eat minutes in the front court, as he scored two points, pulled down four rebounds and blocked three shots in his first extended run of the season.
In its last game against Michigan State, the Rutgers women's basketball team was unable to come back from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter.
Coming off its most impressive victory of the season, the Rutgers women’s basketball team will look to keep the momentum going when Iowa comes to Piscataway for a 7 p.m.
Anything can happen at the Rutgers Athletic Center.Coming off a 20-point over No. 11 Ohio State, Michigan State may have been the hottest team in the Big Ten entering its meeting with the Rutgers women’s basketball team Saturday afternoon.
The Rutgers men’s basketball team dropped the first four contests of its Big Ten schedule, a contrast from a non-conference slate that brought hope back to the program’s fans as stark as the difference in talent level between the two parts of the season.The Scarlet Knights jumped from cruising the second-weakest schedule in non-conference play according to analytical website KenPom.com for the most part to diving into an onslaught of obstacles and picking up results they’ve become all too familiar with over the past two years.But while they’ve gone 0-4 through their first four Big Ten games and failed to win their first ever Big Ten road game in three opportunities, the Knights have shown the ability to bounce back and remain resilient in the first true wave of adversity they’ve faced under head coach Steve Pikiell.“We’re playing an awfully tough schedule,” the first-year head coach said before practice on Tuesday.
Mike Williams has been praised by teammates and first-year head coach Steve Pikiell all throughout the process of his solid season, but Wednesday marked the biggest endorsement he’s received to date as he was named a co-captain of the Scarlet Knights, joining fellow junior Deshawn Freeman as the official leaders of the team.
One game removed from one of their best shooting performances ever, the Rutgers women’s basketball team couldn’t find any success behind the arc and were blown out by Illinois, 78-41 in Champaign Saturday afternoon.The story of the game was Illini freshman Petra Holešínská, who dropped xx points.
The Rutgers women’s basketball team is a completely different group than the one that started the season.The Scarlet Knights tied a Rutgers Athletic Center record for most three-pointers made in a game, draining 11 shots from range en route to a convincing 68-52 victory over Wisconsin on Wednesday night.Rutgers (5-11) was able to force 22 turnovers and the Badgers (5-10) did not have a single player in double figures.The Knights shot an unprecedented 50 percent from the field, including 58 percent from three-point range.Sophomore guard KK Sanders continues to emerge as a star player for the Knights, as she had a game-high 16 points and proved her point guard skill set, dishing out 8 assists and getting 4 steals.
It was the beginning of a new year on Sunday, a day which also appeared to continue the trend of a new era for the Rutgers men’s basketball team.With Penn State, an equally young team looking to climb up the ranks of the Big Ten, visiting the Rutgers Athletic Center, it was the first real chance for the Scarlet Knights to see where they measure with teams in a similar spot, as well as how far they’ve come from a truly disastrous campaign a year ago.For the first 10 minutes, it seemed the Knights left the demons of their first two seasons in the Big Ten behind in 2016.
The last time Corey Sanders stepped on a court in 2016, he was assisted by two team trainers as he limped towards the locker room of the Kohl Center midway through the Rutgers men’s basketball team’s loss to No. 14 Wisconsin.
Judging by the way the beginning of the season went, some began to worry that the Rutgers women’s basketball would struggle to win a Big Ten game this year. Well, the Scarlet Knights did just about everything but struggle on New Years Eve at the Rutgers Athletic Center, as they led from start to finish in a 61-45 victory over Penn State.“I thought that we played well, played hard, played together,” said head coach C.