Get your popcorn ready once again for this Tuesday, June 9 as the Big Ten Network will be airing 24 hours of consecutive Rutgers coverage “featuring iconic moments in Rutgers Athletics history”. Classic games that repeat this month from May’s Rutgers Day include football’s 2006 win over Louisville, 2014 win over Michigan, as well as men’s basketball’s 1989 Atlantic-10 championship victory, as well as several big wins over the past two seasons under Steve Pikiell.
While the first Rutgers Day in May featured many great games in Scarlet Knights history, I stated my displeasure with some notable omissions. Most egregiously left out of the lineup last month was the highest ranked win and biggest upset in program history, the 2015 stunning victory over then no. 4 Wisconsin. Yes, eventual national player of the year Frank Kaminsky didn’t play and that team went on to lose the last 15 games of the season after that victory. However, some wins mean more and that game represented an important moment in program history, as pride and integrity was restored following the Mike Rice era. Thankfully, BTN has included this classic moment in Tuesday’s lineup. You can watch one of the most under appreciated players in Rutgers history, Myles Mack, and his teammates pull the stunner with Eddie Jordan at 6 p.m.
Another issue with May is the lineup didn’t include any games for men’s lacrosse and women’s soccer, two of the more successful program’s for Rutgers in recent years. For Tuesday, you can watch both teams defeat Penn State, including a ranked win for men’s lacrosse in 2018 and a double overtime road victory for women’s soccer this past fall.
The only program I still wish was included was Rutgers wrestling, but they were not again this month. Hopefully there is another Rutgers Day this summer and we will get to watch a classic match. Perhaps the upset win over no. 10 Wisconsin at the RAC in 2019 or something else.
Other games making their debut on Rutgers Day this time around include the 2018 Big Ten Tournament win over Indiana for men’s basketball, as well as the program’s win over Seton Hall earlier that season. C. Vivian Stringer’s 1000th victory over Central Connecticut State will be airing as well.
Overall, Tuesday’s lineup should be a thrill for Rutgers fans to relive some classic victories from over the years, including a few that were not shown last month. Here is the complete 24 hour schedule:
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