Shocking: Rutgers basketball left out cold for the NCAA Tournament on Selection Sunday
There will be no third straight NCAA Tournament for Rutgers basketball as the program got kicked to the curb in favor of several teams with much lesser resumes.
It was a rough ‘Selection Sunday’ for Rutgers basketball, who were left out of the NCAA Tournament despite having a much stronger resume than a number of at-large kids.
Rutgers finished the Big Ten regular season 18-13 (10-10 Big Ten). In last week’s Big Ten Tournament, Rutgers helped their stock with a second round win over Michigan and then a tight 70-65 loss to Purdue, the conference’s top team in the regular season.
Had Rutgers been selected, it would have been three straight NCAA Tournament appearances which would have represented a first in program history.
The Scarlet Knights finished No. 40 in the NET Rankings. They were 4-7 against Quad 1 teams and 6-3 against Quad 2 opposition. Providence, for instance, a No. 11 seed, was No. 56 in the NET Rankings and 4-8 against Quad 1 opposition.
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Coming into the Big Ten Tournament, Rutgers was reeling a bit, having lost of three of their last four games in the regular season. But the win over Michigan helped the Scarlet Knights considerably, knocking off a bubble team and helping their own resume.
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