The Rutgers Scarlet Knights came into February on a two-game win streak. For the first time in 41 years, they have an AP Top 25 ranking.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights men’s basketball team were headed to tough waters with their February games and they needed a road win almost desperately to stay in the tournament running.
The Knights hold not only a basketball in their hands but the hopes of their thousands of fans that maybe this could be the year. It has been 29 years since RU has gone to the NCAA tournament.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights fans are loud and loyal and take every opportunity to cheer their team. Whether it’s in the RAC (Rutgers Athletic Center) or the world’s most famous arena Madison Square Garden. Let’s take a look at what these fans cheered for in February.
As if to erase the previous losses from the minds of their fans the Rutgers Scarlet Knights came home with a fury defeating Illinois 72-57. This gives them a nation’s best home record at17-0. In a second half that saw the Illini floundering, the Scarlet Knights, led by Ron Harper, Jr. with 27 points, picked up their ninth conference win. The best since 1991 when they went 9-9 as part of the Big East.
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You can surmise that he has been grieving his “Unc.” Let’s hope that this past game against Illinois means he’s back to carry on his legacy. In order to get to the Tournament, the Scarlet Knights will need him and everything his “uncle” taught him.
Rutgers is now third in Big Ten standings at 9-6 and18-8 overall. They are 17-0 at home, and 1-6 away. That 1-6 road record is troubling. Not many teams have gotten to the tournament with just one road win. Hopefully, the team will come away with at least one win against their remaining road teams which are Wisconsin, Penn State, and Purdue.
Rutgers will meet the Michigan Wolverines in the RAC on February 19.