No. 13 seed Nebraska (16-15, 6-14) vs. No. 12 seed Rutgers (14-16, 7-13)
Big Ten Tourney First Round, United Center, Chicago; Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. EDT
Rutgers (14-15, 7-12) vs. Indiana (16-14, 7-12)
Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Indiana; Sunday, 11 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Indiana seeks revenge on Rutgers after dropping the first matchup...
Rutgers (13-14, 6-11) vs. No. 22 Iowa (21-7, 10-7)
Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa; Saturday, 5 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 22 Iowa presents a tough challenge for Rutgers. Rutgers...
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Eight days ago, Geo Baker hit what looked like was going to be the winning 3-pointer in a major upset for Rutgers over No. 21 Iowa. Then Joe Wieskamp banked in an...
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Geo Baker considers a home loss to Northwestern last month one of the low points of Rutgers' season.
The sophomore guard was determined to make the rematch on Wednesday night a highlight.
Baker and Montez Mathis each had 12 points, Eugene Omoruyi added 11 and Rutgers rallied in the second half and then hung on for a 59-56 victory over Northwestern.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers and Indiana are streaking.
The upstart Scarlet Knights are on a three-game win streak in Big Ten play for the first time in school history, slowly climbing out of the conference basement under third-year coach Steve Pikiell. Meanwhile the Hoosiers once-promising season has hit a seven-game skid under second-year coach Archie Miller.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's defense sparked its fast-break offense in time for the Gophers to pull away from Rutgers on Saturday.
Amir Coffey scored 29 points to lead a balanced scoring attack as Minnesota defeated Rutgers 88-70.
Jordan Murphy scored 15 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, Dupree McBrayer scored 15 points and added 10 assists, and freshman Gabe Kalscheur scored 11 points for Minnesota (13-3, 3-2 Big Ten), who put the game away with a 14-1 run midway through the second half.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell was surprisingly passive during his halftime speech. Instead, he gave his adjustments before instructing his team to have a quick players-only meeting.
Eugene Omoruyi had 18 points and Shaq Carter had a career-high 13 points off the bench on 6-of-7 shooting in the second half to lead Rutgers past Columbia 68-65 in overtime.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — The college basketball season is still in its infant stages, but maybe Rutgers is gaining a reputation as being a tough, hard-nosed defensive-minded team.
Just five days after holding Eastern Michigan to 36 points in a big win, the Scarlet Knights (4-1) came through defensively again Friday, holding Boston University to just 44 points in a 54-44 victory, the team's fourth win in five games this season.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Eugene Omoruyi scored 20 points, including 13 in the second half, and grabbed 17 rebounds, leading Rutgers to a 54-44 victory over a stubborn Boston University team Friday afternoon at the Rutgers Athletic Center.
Geo Baker added 19 points for the Scarlet Knights (4-1), 15 of which came during a first half where Rutgers gained a 29-19 lead.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell touted Eugene Omoruyi as the most improved player this offseason. So far, the pupil has proved his teacher right.
Omoruyi had his second-straight double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds while Geo Baker scored 20 points to lead Rutgers past Drexel 95-66 on Sunday.
"These two guys were veterans tonight and we needed that veteran leadership," Pikiell said.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Peter Kiss couldn't sleep the last couple of nights. Not with the anticipation of his first collegiate basketball game in a year and a half.
But he didn't look tired, Friday, scoring a game-high 17 points in his Rutgers debut. Eugene Omoruyi had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds to defeat Fairleigh Dickinson 90-55 Wednesday night.
Last season: 15-19, surprised many by reaching quarterfinals of Big Ten tournament.
Nickname: Scarlet Knights.
Coach: Steve Pikiell.
Conference: Big Ten.
Who's gone: Guard and leading scorer Corey Sanders opted for the NBA and was not drafted. G Mike Williams, F DeShawn Freeman, F Candido Sa, F Matt Bullock and G Souf Mensah.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — It's not surprising Rutgers has been picked to finish last in the Big Ten Conference in most of the preseason basketball polls.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — While the Illinois coaching staff knew who they could potentially play in the Big Ten Tournament so some advance scouting could be done, the players weren't.
They were, however, well aware that they were playing to stay out of the basement of the Big Ten.
"That was definitely motivation coming in to this game," Aaron Jordan said. "As for the seeding, we'll focus on that after the game."
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Corey Sanders left the arena Tuesday night frustrated. After a 2-of-15 shooting performance against No. 3 Michigan State, Rutgers' star guard felt he let his team down and kept them from a potential upset in the 62-52 loss.
But Sanders had 18 points on Thursday night to help the Scarlet Knights beat NJIT 73-64.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — It was the first litmus test for Florida State and Rutgers on Tuesday night.
CJ Walker scored a career-high 24 points and Phil Cofer added 19 to lead the unbeaten Seminoles past Rutgers 78-73.
"It was a tremendous test for us," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton. "This was the kind of game I thought we really needed."
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — While the wins keep coming, the shots aren't falling for Rutgers.
Eugene Omoruyi came off the bench to score a career-high 19 points and grab eight rebounds while Corey Sanders added another 13 points off the bench to lead Rutgers past Coppin State 64-39 on Sunday at the RAC despite an afternoon of putrid shooting.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — As he stood outside Rutgers' locker room, an elderly woman came up to Mike Williams to tell him what everyone had just witnessed. "You changed the game when you came in," the woman said.
Williams had 23 points and four steals and Eugene Omoruyi had a career-high 13 points, seven rebounds and two blocks as much-needed sparks off the bench to lead Rutgers past Central Connecticut State 71-67 on Sunday.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Mike Williams had 23 points and four steals and Eugene Omoruyi had 13 points, seven rebounds and two blocks as much-needed sparks off the bench to lead Rutgers past Central Connecticut State 71-67 on Sunday.
After taking a 2-0 lead, Rutgers trailed most of the first half before Williams' pair of free throws gave the Scarlet Knights (2-0, 2-0 Big Ten) a 28-26 lead with 2:04 left in the first half before taking a 30-29 halftime lead.
Last season: 15-18, ties most wins since 2012-13.
Nickname: Scarlet Knights.
Coach: Steve Pikiell.
Conference: Big Ten.
Who's gone: C C.J. Gettys, G Nigel Johnson (graduate transfer, Virginia), F Jonathan Laurent, G Khalil Batie, C Ibrahima Diallo.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell got exactly the kind of performance he insists on from his reserves.
"I've never been a starter guy," Pikiell said after Rutgers defeated Niagara 78-65 on Sunday in the Scarlet Knight Showcase. "I like the finishers. That's important to me. The way I coach, you gotta be ready."