Selection Sunday has come and gone once again without a berth for the men's team, but C. Vivian Stringer has brought the women's team back to the Big Dance after a two-year hiatus. Last season's squad ended the year with an WNIT title, setting up the 2014-2015 campaign for a NCAA tournament berth. With the first Big Ten season in the books, the Knights fulfilled their promise and will enter as the #8 seed against #9 seed and fellow Garden State rival Seton Hall (28-5).
The Scarlet Knights (22-9) were slotted into the Albany region of the bracket, which is also home to the overall number one seed in Geno Auriemma's Connecticut Huskies (32-1). That means that if RU downs the rival Pirates, they get a date with former Big East rival UConn. Rutgers is the lone B1G team in the Albany region, while fellow newbie Maryland was awarded the number one seed in the Spokane region.
In other Garden State women's hoops news, the Princeton Tigers (30-0) - the lone unbeaten team in NCAA women's basketball - was seeded 8th by the selection committee. Princeton Athletics was not pleased:
An eight seed? What? Tigers vs. Green Bay in Maryland. Is this fair?— Princeton Tigers (@PUTIGERS) March 16, 2015
The Knights' first round game against Seton Hall tips off on Saturday, March 21 at 6:30 PM (ESPN2). Stay tuned to On the Banks for a How to Watch for the NCAA tournament, including a schedule for Rutgers and the rest of the Big Ten.