Eric Mullin

Eric Mullin

Eric is a School of Arts and Sciences senior majoring in journalism and media studies with a specialization in sports journalism. He enjoys watches the Sixers lose and listening to Drake. In the rare instances when sports aren’t engulfing his life, he’s probably sleeping or saying to himself that he should do something productive, such as playing basketball, but just sleeping instead. For the tweets of a depressed Philadelphia sports fan, you can follow him on twitter @EricMullin_. You can email him at sports@dailytargum.com.


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Junior guard Mike Williams attempts in lay-up in traffic in the Rutgers men's basketball team's 79-59 loss to Maryland at the Rutgers Athletic Center on Tuesday. 
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Notebook: Rutgers overpowered by Maryland's depth in sixth straight Big Ten loss

The Rutgers men's basketball team's tandem in the paint of senior center C.J. Gettys and junior forward Deshawn Freeman are mainly known for being the engine that drives the Scarlet Knights' top 10 total rebounding attack and No. 3 offensive rebounding force this season. But for the first 20 minutes of action against Maryland on Tuesday night, the front-court tandem known as Ghost Gang made its presence felt elsewhere — on the scoreboard.

Senior center C.J. Gettys goes up for a contested layup in Rutgers' 72-63 loss to Minnesota at the Rutgers Athletic Center on Saturday.
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Notebook: Rutgers ceases control of boards, paint in loss to Minnesota

The battle on the boards was at the top of the Rutgers men's basketball team's scouting report as it entered its home matchup with Minnesota on Saturday.  The Golden Gophers entered the game as the Big Ten's No. 4 offensive rebounding team and were sixth overall in total rebounding throughout their 11 conference games. 

Guard Corey Sanders rises up for a midrange jump shot when the Terps played Rutgers on Jan. 24, 2017 at Xfinity Center. (Christian Jenkins/For The Diamondback)
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Notebook: Free throw woes loom large in Rutgers' loss to No. 22 Maryland

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.

Sophomore guard Corey Sanders drives to the basket in Rutgers' 65-64 win over Nebraska at the Rutgers Athletic Center on Saturday. He led the Knights with a season-high 25 points.
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Corey Sanders wills Rutgers to first Big Ten win over Nebraska

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.

Sophomore forward Ibrahima Diallo is averaging just 10 minutes per game, but has proven to be a strong force defensively in the paint. He has seen an uptick in playing time in recent games.
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Sophomore makes most of limited playing time

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.

Junior nose tackle Sebastian Joseph will be one of the key members of Rutgers' defensive line as it tries to contain Penn State's star running back Saquan Barkley.
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Battle in trenches key for Rutgers' hopes against Penn State

Since his arrival on the Banks, Chris Ash has harped on Rutgers being a line of scrimmage football team.  With the two most experienced position groups lying on each of the front lines, the Scarlet Knights were structured in a way where winning the battle up front on both sides of the ball, especially when it comes to the running game, would be integral to having success. So after Michigan State had dominated that the Knights in the essential battle in the trenches on Saturday, the final scoreboard that read 49-0 in favor of the Spartans was indicative of just that.  Rutgers rushed for just 109 yards across 36 carries, good for an underwhelming 3 yards per carry.

Sophomore quarterback Giovanni Rescigno takes on a rushing Michigan State defender after throwing a pass in the Knights' 49-0 loss to the Spartans Saturday in East Lansing. He was pulled towards the end of the third quarter of his third career start, finishing the day with 40 yards and two interceptions through the air on 6-for-16 passing.
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Giovanni Rescigno, Rutgers' offense continue regression in shutout loss to Michigan State

EAST LANSING, Mich. — It's safe to assume that this wasn't the kind of homecoming that Giovanni Rescigno had hoped for. After posting 200-plus passing yards and leading his team to one-score losses in his each of his first two career starts, Rescigno returned to his home state on Saturday to play in his first game on Michigan soil since his senior year of high school at De La Salle three years ago. But the Warren, Michigan, native's return home was everything short of welcoming, as performance and score-based reasons prevented him from simply playing it into the fourth quarter of the Rutgers football team's (2-8, 0-7) ultimate 49-0 loss to Michigan State Saturday. With a lopsided scoreboard favoring the Spartans (3-7, 1-6) and the Scarlet Knights in the midst of one of their more underwhelming offensive performances on the season, the sophomore starting quarterback was relieved by true freshman Tylin Oden in the final minutes of the third quarter after going 6-of-16 through the air for 40 yards and two interceptions. In what was their least effective offensive outing of the year against a non-ranked opponent, the Knights totaled just 149 yards and eight first downs, finishing 3-of-12 on third downs. "You look at the stats, it wasn’t good.

Sophomore cornerback Isaiah Wharton attempts to stop an Indiana receiver from corralling a pass from Hoosier quarterback Richard Lagow, something he struggled to do all afternoon in Rutgers' 33-27 loss to the visitors. Wharton had perhaps the worst game of his career on the Banks as Indiana shred the Knights' secondary to the tune of 420 passing yards.
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Isaiah Wharton moves past rough outing against Indiana

The Rutgers football team's 34-32 loss to Indiana on Saturday brought back flashbacks to a nightmarish 2015 season for Isaiah Wharton and the Scarlet Knights' secondary.  In a position group that was dismantled by injuries and off-field issues, then-true freshmen Isaiah Wharton and Blessaun Austin were both thrust into the starting lineup for nearly all of last season and received baptism by fire as the young pair of cornerbacks experienced many more lows than they did highs during their introduction to the collegiate game. The Knights finished the season with the third worst passing defense overall in the Big Ten, while allowing a second-worst average of 277 yards per game, a worst 9.5 yards per reception and 15 total touchdowns through the air across their eight conference games.  Wharton surrendered 43 catches and five touchdowns, compared to just five passes defended, across his 64 targets last season, according to Pro-Football Focus. Against the Hoosiers, Rutgers' secondary, and most notably Isaiah Wharton, had a performance that was reminiscent of that forgettable 2015 season. Indiana pierced the Knights for 420 passing yards and three scores through the air.

Sophomore cornerback Isaiah Wharton attempts to stop an Indiana receiver from corralling a pass from Hoosier quarterback Richard Lagow, something he struggled to do all afternoon in Rutgers' 33-27 loss to the visitors. Wharton had perhaps the worst game of his career on the Banks as Indiana shred the Knights' secondary to the tune of 420 passing yards.
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Big plays, missed opportunities haunt Rutgers' defense, special teams in loss to Indiana

PISCATAWAY—The Rutgers football team’s defense and special teams each had their respective moments against Indiana on Sunday. The Scarlet Knights’ defense forced three turnovers — highlighted by a 75-yard scoop-and-score by junior defensive end Darnell Davis — and two additional turnovers on downs, holding a plus-three advantage over the Hoosiers in the turnover battle. On special teams, the Knights forced a turnover on a kickoff and blocked both an extra-point try and field goal attempt from 54 yards. But it was the big plays that Rutgers allowed and critical plays it failed to capitalize on that stood out the most and came back to haunt the Knights (2-7, 0-6) in their 33-27 loss to Indiana in front of 37,345 at High Point Solutions Stadium. Rutgers was gashed for a season-high 420 yards through the air and allowed 567 yards of total offense.

Athletic Director Pat Hobbs said Rutgers has been asked by the Big Ten to play one Friday night game starting in 2017 and extending through the 2022 season. The Big Ten announced Wednesday that it will be playing six Friday night games per season during the months of September and October.
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Rutgers responds to Big Ten Friday night game announcement

Friday night football in New Jersey is mostly synonymous with high school games, but starting next fall, the State University will be joining in on the action.  The Big Ten announced on Wednesday that the conference will be playing six Friday night games in 2017 as apart of its new television deal with ESPN/ABC and FOX.

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Former Rutgers wide receiver Tim Wright cuts a ribbon alongside his wife Jodiann at the opening ceremony of “The Wright Cut,” a barber shop he owns located in the Livingston Plaza in Piscataway, on Saturday, Sept. 3.
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Former Rutgers wide receiver Tim Wright cuts a ribbon alongside his wife Jodiann at the opening ceremony of “The Wright Cut,” a barber shop he owns located in the Livingston Plaza in Piscataway, on Saturday, Sept. 3.

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