A Tough Year For The Scarlet Knights

In 2015-6, the Rutgers basketball team went 7-25 and 1-17 in the Big Ten. They were considered the worst Power 5 team in the country by far under former Rutgers star and NBA coach Eddie Jordan.

But that wasn’t the low point under Jordan,who once decried the importance of teaching rebounding. A 92-31 loss to Louisville on March 13,2014 in the AAC Tournament was the true bottom. Rick Pitino had to apologize after the game.

Out went Jordan and in came Stony Brook coach and former two-time UConn captain Steve Pikiell.

As of today,Rutgers has the 5th highest power rating in the Big Ten by a Big Ten scribe.

Rutgers sits at 14-14 and 7-11 in Conference, after a surprising Saturday blow out win at Top 25 Iowa.They have beaten Ohio State and Nebraska, as well.They play Penn State at home tomorrow on senior night. The RAC is already sold out.

He has a legitimate star in sophomore Geo Baker and stud frosh in Ron Harper Jr. and highly recruited Montez Mathis.

Rutgers very well could be an NIT team after finishing last in Conference the year before.

Pikiell is already considered to be one of the top 3 basketball coaches in Rutgers history,joining Bill Foster and Tom Young and he has better assistant coaches than both,led by defensive strategist and former New Haven head coach,Jay Young.

Rutgers will be an NCAA team next season. Write it in pen right now. They lose one player and bring in a New Jersey all-stater in point guard Paul Mulcahy, who may bring with him some top New Jersey 2020 players.

The future finally looks bright in Piscataway. What a difference a coach can make.

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