Result: Rutgers again rallied in the second half, but its bid for a second straight upset of a ranked team fell short in College Park, Md.
Need to Know: After trailing 38-31 at halftime, Rutgers (10-8, 2-3 Big Ten) started the second half with an 11-0 run, but Maryland recovered late in the half.
Myles Mack led Rutgers with 19 points. Bishop Daniels and Mike Williams had 12; Kadeem Jack was held to nine points after scoring 20 in Sunday’s upset of No. 4 Wisconsin.
The Terps (16-2, 4-1) closed out the game at the free-throw line, making 16 of 22 in the second half. Maryland outscored Rutgers 20-8 at the line. Dez Wells led four Terps in double figures with 17 points.
The Knights have lost 24 straight games on the road against ranked teams.
Links: AP recap | Box Score
What’s Next: The Knights travel to Minnesota Saturday (noon).
Rutgers men’s basketball is offering two free tickets to any fan who attended Sunday night’s upset over No. 4 Wisconsin as a token of their appreciation to the fan base (NJ.com, Jan. 13).
Just hours after the emotional win, the Scarlet Knights’ first ever victory over a top five opponent, Rutgers Athletic Director Julie Hermann and head coach Eddie Jordan sent a letter to their fans to express their gratitude.
The letter, delivered to more than 1,600 Rutgers basketball season ticket holders encouraged fans to come out to the remaining six home games – and offered some incentive to make that happen.
“For every ticket that you purchased to our victory over #4 Wisconsin, you are entitled to two complimentary tickets for an upcoming home game,” the letter said. “If you are a season ticket holder, we encourage you to give your tickets to friends, family, or colleagues. Bring them to the RAC. We want them to come experience the passion of this fan base.” To read more of this story, click here
Ohio State is coming to Rutgers in 2015. This marks the first time a National Champion will play in Piscataway since Miami visited Rutgers on Nov. 2, 2002 (NJ.com, Jan. 13).
The Scarlet Knights were toppled by the Buckeyes 56-17 last season in Columbus on Oct. 18. Rutgers can expect to face eight returning starters on each side of the ball next season — including Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year Joey Bosa and all three of Ohio’s quarterbacks.
Rutgers’ 2015 season ticket packages are already on sale, but they won’t begin selling individual game tickets until this summer. No surprise, chief of marketing for athletics Geoff Brown is expecting this matchup to be in demand.
“I think that’ll be a pretty good draw just like Penn State and Michigan were this year,” Brown said. “I think Ohio State next year will be right at that level.”
Rutgers men’s basketball coach Eddie Jordan broke down in tears following the Scarlet Knight’s 67-62 upset over Wisconsin Sunday night (NJ.com, Jan. 11).
“It wasn’t so much about the win,” Jordan said to Rutgers Athletics Director Julie Hermann following his emotional press conference. “It was about the crowd and what they expected and how long it’s been.”
Jordan, who took over as head coach for Rutgers in 2013, has built the program back up after it crumbled under the Mike Rice players abuse controversy.
“We’ve suffered and I’m just happy for everyone,” Jordan said. “I’m happy for the state, our faculty and everyone who supports us. This is part of the healing process and what we’ve talked about. I love my school, I love this community and I’m happy for it.”
That was the biggest part of the win over No. 4 Wisconsin, winning for the community. Though, for Jordan it all won’t fully sink in until he wakes up Monday morning.
It means so much the next morning when you’re by yourself and you ask, ‘What happened?’ ” Jordan said. “It’s a great win for the program. Our crowd was here to witness it. Hopefully that taste in their mouths will make that happen more.”
SNY’s GEICO SportsNite has reaction from Jordan after the team’s upset win over No. 4 Wisconsin on Sunday.
Result: Rutgers overcame a 12-point halftime deficit at home Sunday to beat a top-five team for the first time in the history of the men’s basketball program.
Need to Know: Seniors Myles Mack (21 points) and Kadeem Jack (20) led Rutgers, which outscored Wisconsin 44-27 in the second half, led by Mack’s 19 points.
The Knights’ previous biggest upset was a win over No. 6 West Virginia in 1982.
The Knights (10-7, 2-2 Big Ten) shot 54.3 percent, 67 percent in second half. Rutgers was 5-for-11 from three.
Wisconsin (15-2, 3-1) was without leading scorer Frank Kaminsky (concussion). The Badgers outrebounded Rutgers 35-29, but shot just 42.9 percent from the field and was 5-for-21 on threes. They had averaged 57.7 percent in their previous two games, when the Badgers topped 80 points in consecutive Big Ten games for the first time since 1992.
The Knights had just seven turnovers; they had 19 in Thursday’s 65-49 loss at Nebraska.
Links: AP recap | Box Score
What’s Next: The Knights hit the road for games at Maryland Wednesday (7 p.m.) and Minnesota Saturday (noon).
Rutgers safety Lorenzo Waters was named to the AP All-Bowl team Wednesday following an outstanding end to his final season as a Scarlet Knight (NJ.com, Jan. 8).
The 6-foot, 195-pound captain recorded one of the best games of his career in the Quick Lane Bowl on Dec. 26 against North Carolina, tallying 14 tackles, two fumble recoveries and a blocked field goal en route to their 40-21 win.
“It’s a great feeling,” Waters said after his final win as a Scarlet Knight. “The scheme just dictated that the ball be put in a position that I could make a play and I was fortunate enough to make the plays. That goes to our staff and all that they’ve done and as much as they’ve prepared and as hard as we practiced all week, not letting up even though we were in the bowl. Just knowing that we had a goal and we achieved that goal.”
Waters is one of eight Big Ten players to be named to the 26 spots on the All-Bowl team.
Rutgers Men’s basketball heads off on their first Big Ten Conference road trip Thursday as they tip-off against Nebraska at 9 p.m. (8 p.m. local) at Pinnacle Bank Arena (Rutgers, Jan. 6).
The Scarlet Knights are carrying the momentum from their first Big Ten Conference victory over Penn State, sitting 1-1 in conference play and 9-6 overall. This game will be the fourth meeting between the two schools, with Rutgers holding a 2-1 advantage in victories. Though, RU is 0-1 on the Cornhuskers’ court after Nebraska won the last meeting 63-51 in 2007.
Thursday’s game will be televised live on ESPNU.