Rutgers mounted a massive comeback in the last 6 minutes of the game and topped #15 Seton Hall 71-65.
Decked the Hall: This was a game that Rutgers seemed to be outmatched and Seton Hall took it to Rutgers in the first half, shooting 47%, out rebounding the Scarlet Knights and overall looking like the #15 team in the country. But Rutgers bore down in the second half and limited Seton Hall to a ridiculous 23 points. They went on a 17-2 run to take down the team.
Signature Win: You knew head coach Steve Pikiell was going to knock off a ranked team eventually, every Rutgers coach does at the RAC at some point. But this game? With this amount of hype? Hell yeah. Pikiell motivated this team, got the RAC to be absolutely insane (more on this later) and took down the in-state rival. He did with a ton of football recruits in the building. He did it with top targets Paul Mulcahy and Khalif Battle reportedly there too. This was a huge win and feels like Rutgers is pointing up.
The RAC was loud: The old girl is awake again. The building hasn’t rocked like that in nearly ten years. When the Scarlet Knights were roaring back on that closing run, the building nearly shook. And when Eugene Omoruyi made those two free throws to ice the game—man, the place went nuts. There were times during the Mike Rice era where it seemed like she was going to wake up again, but not like today. This was a full-throated, student driven, college basketball crowd.
Top 5 Game: The build up to this game felt a lot like 2011’s win over Florida. There was so much hype, two teams rolling, one ranked and one up and coming. And the result was the same. That Florida game is my favorite memory of my season tickets. This one is close to that. It’s up there with knocking of Syracuse and battling UConn to the wire. These are the reasons you follow college hoops and why I buy season tickets every year. And with the amount of trash talking NY Post reporter, Zach Braziller was doing, this win feels extra sweet. Make his @ mentions a mess, people. What a day.