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From the Cheap Seats: 4 Thoughts on CCNY

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So, Rutgers won.

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A win is a win is a win: Okay, that’s a lie. A few years ago, we would have taken this game and had to peck through it to find things to celebrate. In the 2013-14 season, with Kadeem Jack and Myles Mack as juniors, Rutgers beat Caldwell College 90-60 and had their press absolutely shredded. But this team is much better coached. Rutgers stepped on CCNY and never looked back. EDIT: The game i was really looking for came as a regular season game in 2015. Rutgers opened up against D-III Rutgers Newark and found themselves tied at half time and only won the game by 13 points. Glad it appears Rutgers has moved beyond those nip and tuck affairs.

Shooting Wasn’t Great: While the Scarlet Knights annihilated CCNY inside, they shot a paltry 2-17 from three. In the postgame radio show, Pikiell wondered if they were “too open.” But that’s not good enough. Geo Baker and Issa Thiam are supposed to be shooters. Eventually they’ll have to knock down shots.

I got to meet Bob Cancro: That’s right! Bob had a free Friday night and decided to stop by and see me in my seats. We talked education, wrestling and what the RAC was like when it opened.

Students Showed Up: The student section was packed to the gills and that was impressive. The fans were loud, but they didn’t need to be, but it’s always good to pack the section and get them trained for when they need to be loud and crazy.

(Okay, listen, Rutgers won by 56 points against a totally overmatched D-III team. What else do you want from me? More on Sunday.)

For our game recap, click here.