With the Rutgers men’s basketball team (16-6; 7-4) set to face no. 9 Maryland (17-4; 7-3) on Tuesday night, the program announced just over an hour before tip-off that reserve guard Jacob Young did not travel with the team. The reason given was “violation of program rules”.
MEDIA ADVISORY Rutgers junior guard Jacob Young has been suspended for this evening’s game for violating program rules. He did not travel with the team to College Park.— Kevin Lorincz (@Kevin_Lorincz) February 4, 2020
It’s a bad break for Steve Pikiell’s team before arguably the toughest game of the season. However, Pikiell has built a strong culture during his tenure and give him credit for instituting disciplinary measures when he saw fit to do so.
The 6’2” junior is averaging 8.5 points on 40.7% shooting, as well as 2.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 20.7 minutes per game this season. Young is coming off a 10 point, 5 rebound, 4 steal performance in which he helped limit Michigan point guard Zavier Simpson down the stretch in what resulted in a 69-63 loss last Saturday. He has scored in double digits in seven of eleven Big Ten games so far. In addition, his contributions on the defensive end have been significant this season and he was expected to help defend reigning Big Ten Player of the Week Anthony Cowan Jr. in tonight’s game.
Rutgers and Maryland tip-off at 7 p.m. ET on FS1. For a complete game preview, click here.