No. 25 Rutgers and Michigan faced off at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, in what probably felt like a home game for the New Jersey based Scarlet Knights, but that atmosphere wasn't enough, as the Wolverines walked away with a 69-63 win.
Despite it feeling like a home game, Rutgers might be thankful that it actually wasn't one -- considering the outcome. The Scarlet Knights are a perfect 15-0 at the RAC and are hoping to keep that record intact as they push for their first NCAA Tournament bid since 1991.
Saturday night's finish certainly did not help those chances -- Rutgers shot a poor 32.5 percent from the field and an even worse 25 percent from three-point range.
Rutgers men's basketball has been on a tear recently, and the AP Top 25 poll has awarded them for their efforts.
In the latest rankings, the Scarlet Knights have come in at No. 24 following their 64-56 win over Minnesota on Sunday. According to CBS' Gary Parrish, it is the first time since 1979 that Rutgers has been in an AP ranking.
Led by fourth-year head coach Steve Pikiell, Rutgers has won eight of their last 10 games, which comes to a 14-4 record. They are also third in the Big Ten behind Michigan State and Illinois, while owning a perfect 13-0 home record at the RAC.
Rutgers reintroduced Greg Schiano as its head football coach Wednesday morning at the Hale Center in Piscataway, New Jersey, where it welcomed back the program's 11-year leader from 2001-11.
After the Board of Governors approved his eight-year contract for $32 million Tuesday morning, Schiano returned to the Scarlet Knights' team facility in SHI Stadium as Rutgers rolled out the red carpet.
In an introductory press conference featuring statements from university president Robert Barchi, athletic director Patrick Hobbs and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, Schiano passionately spoke of his plan for the program he initially started to rebuild 19 years ago.
Rutgers men's basketball player Eugene Omoruyi posted a message on his Instagram account saying he will transfer from the program and has requested his release.
Omoruyi, who just finished his junior season, led the Scarlet Knights in points per game (13.8) and rebounds per game (7.2) during the 2018-19 season. The 6-foot-7 forward also averaged the second-most minutes on the team at 29.1 per game.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) No. 22 Iowa has likely done enough to lock up an NCAA Tournament spot.
But it's fair to start wondering if the Hawkeyes will be able to do anything once they get there.
Freshman Ron Harper Jr. scored a season-high 27 points and Rutgers rolled past Iowa 86-72 on Saturday in the Hawkeyes' home finale.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Montez Mathis hit two contested layups and Geo Baker nailed a jumper with 10.3 seconds to play as Rutgers scored its biggest Big Ten Conference victory under coach Steve Pikiell, a 64-61 decision over No. 16 Ohio State on Wednesday.
The win was the Scarlet Knights' first against a ranked Big Ten team since an upset of No. 4 Wisconsin in January 2015 under then-coach Eddie Jordan.
Rutgers (8-6, 1-3) scored the final six points and survived a missed 3-point attempt by C.J. Jackson in handing the Buckeyes (12-3, 2-2) their second straight loss...
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Myles Powell had a game-high 28 points, including six 3-pointers to lead Seton Hall past Rutgers 72-66 in the Garden State Hardwood Classic Saturday.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Cassius Winston scored 22 points and Nick Ward had 20 points to lead No. 9 Michigan State past Rutgers 78-69 in the Big Ten opener Friday night.
After a back-and-forth first half, where Rutgers led much of the first 10 minutes, Winston hit a 3-pointer to give Michigan State (5-2) the 39-37 lead over Rutgers (5-2) at the break.
Rutgers would open the second half with a 3-pointer by Peter Kiss from the top of the arc to retake the lead, but a quick 6-0 run from Michigan State caused Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell to call timeout down 45-40 with 17:54 to go. The deficit would eventually balloon to 13.
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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Cody White scored on a 22-yard end-around with 3:57 to play, and Michigan State edged Rutgers 14-10 on Saturday night, handing the Scarlet Knights their 11th straight loss.
The Spartans (7-5, 5-4 Big Ten) trailed 10-7 when William Przystup's punt pinned Rutgers (1-11, 0-9) back at its own 1-yard line with 5:23 remaining. The Scarlet Knights eventually had to punt, and Michigan State took over at the Rutgers 35. Quarterback Rocky Lombardi ran for a 13-yard gain on third-and-10, and on the next play, White scored.
The Scarlet Knights drove into Michigan State territory, but Josiah Scott intercepted a pass at the 3-yard line with 1:32 to play.
Michigan State was stopped on fourth down at its own 33 in the first quarter, and Rutgers took advantage of the field position. Giovanni Rescigno threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Travis Vokolek for a 7-0 lead. >> Read more
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) As a senior at Michigan State, Khari Willis has certainly experienced college football's ups and downs.
His freshman season, the Spartans won the Big Ten and went to the College Football Playoff. Then the team collapsed to a 3-9 record the following year. Michigan State bounced back to win 10 games in 2017, but this season has been another disappointment - the Spartans are barely bowl eligible as they enter their regular-season finale.
"I think it's a lot of growth," said Willis, a Michigan State safety. "Through it all, learning, finding a way to stick together."
Geo Baker had 20 points and Rutgers held Eastern Michigan to an NCAA-record low four first-half points in a 63-36 rout on Monday night.
Rutgers (3-1) tied an NCAA Division I record for points allowed in a half as it built a 31-4 halftime lead. It was Eastern Michigan, coincidently, that held Northern Illinois to four points (18-4) in the first half on Jan. 16, 2013. Kansas State outscored Savannah State 48-4 in the second half on Jan. 7, 2008.
Eastern Michigan (4-2) was 0 of 7 from the free-throw line in the first half, and didn't score until Kevin McAdoo's jumper at the 14-minute mark. The Eagles didn't score again until 5:36 left in the first half.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Trace McSorley threw two touchdown passes to tight end Pat Freiermuth and No. 16 Penn State's defense set up two touchdowns with turnovers in a 20-7 victory over Rutgers on Saturday, sending the Scarlet Knights to their 10th straight loss.
McSorley's touchdown passes covered 6 yards in the second quarter and 18 in the fourth as the Nittany Lions (8-3, 5-3 Big Ten, No. 14 CFP) beat Rutgers (1-10, 0-7) for the 12th straight time. Jake Pinegar added field goals of 22 and 19 yards.
The win was No. 30 for McSorley as a starter, making him the winningest quarterback in school history. The senior had been tied with Todd Blackledge (1980-82) and Tony Sacca (1988-91). The two touchdowns increased his total - running and passing - to 101.
Rutgers women's head coach C. Vivian Stringer made history Tuesday night.
Stringer, 70, became the sixth Division I college head coach to win 1,000 career games with a 73-44 victory over Central Connecticut State.
The Naismith Hall of Fame also became the first African-American coach to achieve the feat as she improved her career record to 1,000-402 in her 47th season as a college head coach.
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PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Shea Patterson threw for 260 yards and three touchdowns, Karan Higdon ran for a pair of 1-yard scores and No. 4 Michigan kept its national championship hopes intact with a 42-7 win over Rutgers on Saturday.
The Wolverines (9-1, 7-0 Big Ten, No. 4 CFP) have won nine straight and remain in first place in the conference's East Division. They have a final tuneup against Indiana next week at the Big House before closing the regular season at No. 8 Ohio State. Michigan hasn't lost since the season opener against No. 3 Notre Dame and would have to beat the Buckeyes for just the second time in 15 years to keep any hope at a national title alive.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) Jonathan Taylor rushed for 208 yards and three touchdowns, and Wisconsin played smash-mouth football in the second half to run away from Rutgers for a 31-17 win on Saturday.
Ryan Connelly led a strong effort from the front seven with eight tackles, while D'Cota Dixon blocked a field-goal attempt for the Badgers (6-3, 4-2 Big Ten).
Starting quarterback Alex Hornibrook left the game at halftime because of a head injury, a week after missing a loss at Northwestern while in the concussion protocol.
Rutgers linebacker Izaia Bullock was arrested on Tuesday after authorities discovered he was allegedly involved in a plot to kill two family members of a friend's family, according to NJ.com.
The 22-year-old junior was charged with two counts of first-degree attempted murder and two counts of first-degree conspiracy to commit murder.
Bullock was dismissed from the team on Tuesday and his player page on the university's athletic site has been deleted.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Isaiah Bowser scored on a 5-yard run with 8:12 to play and Northwestern avoided a major letdown by converting two fourth-downs plays on the game-winning drive to defeat struggling Rutgers 18-15 on Saturday.
Bowser also scored on a 3-yard run and Drew Luckenbaugh kicked a 23-yard field goal as the Wildcats (4-3, 4-1 Big Ten) won their third straight game by rallying from an eight-point third-quarter deficit. Clayton Thorson hit Flynn Nagel on a 2-point conversion pass after Bowser's go-ahead run.
Isaih Pacheco scored on a 44-yard run for Rutgers (1-7, 0-5), which lost its seventh straight game. Justin Davidovicz kicked field goals of 42 and 26 yards, while Willington Previlon had a sack for a safety.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) After watching Maryland ring up 34 points and 379 yards, Terrapins interim coach and offensive coordinator Matt Canada pulled a reverse and spoke glowingly about the defense.
And why not? Maryland picked off five passes, yielded only 179 yards and took a shutout into the final minute of a 34-7 rout of Rutgers on Saturday.
"We played exceptionally well and unbelievably well on defense," Canada said. "On offense, we scored enough points to win the game..."
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Quarterback AJ Bush ran for 116 yards and two touchdowns and threw for another in his return to the lineup as Illinois used a big ground game to beat Rutgers 38-17 Saturday, sending the Scarlet Knights to their fifth straight loss.
Bush, who missed the last two games with a hamstring injury, scored on runs of 3 and 41 yards in the first half. He iced the game with an 11-yard TD pass to Ricky Smalling early in the fourth quarter.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Indiana got away with playing half a game against downtrodden Rutgers.
The Scarlet Knights didn't see it that way. They believed they finally showed signs of being able to win a couple of game this season.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Tyree Jackson threw for 263 yards and three touchdowns and Buffalo used its big-play offense to remain unbeaten and roll over reeling Rutgers 42-13 Saturday.
The win was the first for the Bulls over a Big Ten Conference opponent and pushed their record to 4-0, their best start since 1981. It also extended their winning streak to seven straight games dating to last season and gave them two road wins over nonconference opponents in a season for the first time since joining the FBS ranks in 1999.
It was the third straight loss for Rutgers (1-3), which has given up 149 points in those games. Justin Davidovicz kicked two first-half field goals and Raheem Blackshear scored on a 14-yard run early in the fourth quarter with backup Gio Rescigno at quarterback.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Six takeaways, including two pick-6s, and an explosive running game carried Kansas to a 55-14 blowout over Rutgers on Saturday, marking the Jayhawks' first back-to-back wins over FBS opponents since 2009.
Bryce Torneden and Mike Lee each returned interceptions for touchdowns as the Scarlet Knights threw three picks and surrendered three fumbles. Couple that with the dominant performance on the ground, and you get a performance that surprised even coach David Beaty.
"I didn't see this coming against these guys because they are a very talent-rich football team and I've said so many times how good of a coach Chris Ash is," Beaty said. "It was our day. Sometimes, it becomes your day." >> Read more
The Rutgers football team was blown out 52-3 by No. 4 Ohio State on Saturday at Buckeye Stadium in the Buckeyes' second game without head coach Urban Meyer.
Meyer was suspended for the first three games of Ohio State's season after he mishandled domestic violence allegations against former assistant coach Zach Smith.
Rutgers was outgained 579-134 and turned the ball over twice, managing just a third-quarter field goal while Ohio State took a 35-0 lead at halftime.
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Ohio State head football coach, Urban Meyer, was suspended for the first three games of the season after an investigation found he had mishandled domestiv violence allegations against former assistant coach Zach Smith.
Meyer will also be suspended without pay for six weeks, while being allowed to resume activity with his program after Sept. 2. However, he will be missing those three games, one of which is against Rutgers on Sept. 8.
The Scarlet Knights are set to travel to Columbus to face off against the Buckeyes in the Shoe. Ohio State is currently ranked No. 5 in the country after the preseason poll.
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As many as eight Rutgers football players could be involved in an investigation for fraudulent use of credit cards, according to NJ.com's Keith Sargeant.
The investigation, which the Rutgers University Police Department is conducting, is ongoing, and specifics of the probe have not been released.
It's currently unclear if the investigation is related to the dismissals of linebacker Brendan DeVera and safety K.J. Gray, who are no longer with the team for violating team rules, according to Sargeant, and were released from their scholarships, making them free to transfer to other schools.
Texas transfer Jacob Young committed to Steve Pikiell and Rutgers on Saturday evening, giving the Scarlet Knights a high-major addition to work with.
Young played two seasons at the Longhorns, providing a scoring threat off the bench for head coach Shaka Smart. In his freshman campaign, he struggled, shooting only 29 percent from the field and notching 3.7 points per game, but in year two, Young averaged 6.2 PPG and hit 41 percent of his shots from the field in nearly the same minutes per night.
The Scarlet Knights stunned Indiana 76-69 on Thursday after falling behind by 14 points. Rutgers lost at home to the Hoosiers 65-43 on Feb. 5. << Read more
NEW YORK (AP) Corey Sanders scored 28 points and last-place Rutgers upset Indiana 76-69 Thursday night to advance to the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament, the Scarlet Knights most notable accomplishment in four seasons since joining the conference.
The 14th-seeded Scarlet Knights (15-18) face third seed and No. 8 Purdue at Madison Square Garden in the final game of Friday's quarterfinal quadruple-header.
The Hoosiers (16-15) started the game on a 17-3 run, but were manhandled for the most part by Rutgers over the final 30 minutes. >> Read more
NEW YORK (AP) Corey Sanders scored 23 points and last-place Rutgers won a Big Ten Tournament game for the second straight season, beating Minnesota 65-54 on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.
The 14th seed Scarlet Knights (14-18) play sixth-seeded Indiana on Thursday night. Rutgers upset Ohio State as the 14th seed in last year's Big Ten tournament.
Minnesota (15-17) ended an awful season, filled with off-court issues and injuries, by losing 14 of its final 16 games. Isaiah Washington, a freshman from Harlem, led the Gophers with 18 points.
Michael Finke and Aaron Jordan came off the bench to combine for 34 points and lead Illinois past Rutgers 75-62 on Sunday.
Deshawn Freeman blocked a shot by Trent Frazier and then assisted Eugene Omoruyi (14 points) on a fast-break layup to give Rutgers (13-18, 3-15 Big Ten) a 36-35 lead.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) C.J. Jackson scored 18 points to help No. 16 Ohio State rout Rutgers 79-52 on Tuesday night.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Bruno Fernando had 18 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, and Maryland kept Rutgers winless on the road with a 61-51 victory Saturday night.
Rutgers scored 32 points in the second half to force overtime, then went on an 11-2 run in overtime to beat Northwestern on Tuesday night at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. >> Box score
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Isaiah Roby had 10 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots and Nebraska opened up 16-point leads in both halves and didn't let Rutgers get closer than 10 points in the last 14 minutes to take a 67-55 win Saturday.
Juwan Morgan had 24 points and eight rebounds and Robert Johnson scored 19 points to lead Indiana past Rutgers 65-43 on Monday night.
Indiana (13-12, 6-7 Big Ten) opened a 42-22 lead with 12 1/2 minutes remaining after Josh Newkirk found Collin Hartman for a 3-pointer, causing Rutgers to call a timeout. Indiana would lead by as many 24.
Former Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano will take the vacant defensive coordinator position with the Patriots next season, per NJ.com's Ryan Dunleavy.
The Patriots wasted no time in filling the position after their loss in Super Bowl LII on Sunday, and with the Lions officially announcing Matt Patricia as their new head coach, they were allowed to make the announcement on Schiano.
Schiano, who served as head coach for Rutgers for 11 seasons from 2001-11, has spent the past two seasons as Ohio State's defensive coordinator under Urban Meyer. He was looking to find his way back to the NFL (two seasons as Bucs head coach from 2012-13), and with Belichick a close friend, it appears their connection as turned them into colleagues.
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PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Vincent Edward had 18 points, seven rebounds and eight assists, and No. 3 Purdue held on to beat Rutgers 78-76 on Saturday for a school-record 19th straight win.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Purdue takes its school-record and nation-best 18-game win streak to Rutgers on Saturday, a school the No. 3 Boilermakers have enjoyed recent success against.
The Boilermakers haven't lost since Nov. 23, when they dropped a 77-73 decision to Western Kentucky. Purdue has scored at least 70 points in 16 straight games.
Purdue (22-2, 11-0 Big Ten) leads the series with Rutgers (12-12, 2-9) 9-1, having won seven games in a row. Purdue is 5-0 against the Scarlet Knights as members of the Big Ten Conference and has won all five games by at least seven points, including three straight by an average of 33.3 points.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Kipper Nichols scored 19 points and Trent Frazier had 17 points to lift Illinois to a 91-60 victory over Rutgers on Tuesday night.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Patrick Chambers was admittedly skeptical his team would be able to maintain the pace it used to pull off a buzzer-beating win at Ohio State just two days before.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Isaac Copeland scored 23 points and came up with a clutch rebound in the final minute to lead Nebraska to 60-54 victory over Rutgers on Wednesday night.
James Palmer Jr. added 18 points and Glynn Watson Jr. made two clutch layups in the final 2:30 as the Cornhuskers (15-8, 6-4 Big Ten) won their second road game of the season.
Corey Sanders had 14 points to lead Rutgers (12-10, 2-7) but he also was called for an offensive foul on a drive with the Scarlet Knights down by four with 14 seconds to play. >> Read more
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Moe Wagner scored 16 points and Duncan Robinson added 12 to lift No. 23 Michigan to a 62-47 victory over Rutgers on Sunday.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Corey Sanders had 18 points and eight assists and two steals and Geo Baker had 17 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals, to lead Rutgers past Iowa 80-64 on Wednesday night.
Keita Bates-Diop scored 20 points, grabbed nine rebounds and Ohio State beat Rutgers 68-46 to remain undefeated in Big Ten play this season and tied atop the conference standings.
Ohio State (15-4, 6-0) built up a 30-point lead after Kam Williams converted on a 4-point play with 13:47 remaining to make it 48-18.
Kaleb Wesson had 10 points and nine rebounds and Williams finished with 11 points for Ohio State
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Miles Bridges ended his scoreless start with 7:43 left in regulation and finished with just 11 points to barely help No. 4 Michigan State bounce back from a loss with a 76-72 overtime victory over Rutgers on Wednesday night.
The Spartans (16-2, 4-1 Big Ten) were coming off a lopsided loss at Ohio State and the setback seemed to have lingering effects for the team and their sophomore star. >> Read more.
Rutgers and men's basketball coach Steve Pikiell have agreed to a three-year contract extension, university athletic director Patrick Hobbs announced Wednesday.
Pikiell will be guaranteed $15.05 million over the next five seasons, plus performance bonuses, which runs through 2023-2024.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Corey Sanders scored 23 points on 10-of-19 shooting to give Rutgers a much-needed win over Wisconsin, 64-60, Friday night.
Sanders scored with 1:47 left then added a 3-pointer with under a minute to go for a 58-53 lead.
Brad Davison hit Wisconsin's first 3-pointer of the game to tie it at 53 and cap a 7-0 run. >> Read more
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Isaac Haas scored 14 points and Dakota Mathias finished with 13 on Wednesday night to help No. 13 Purdue pull away from Rutgers 82-51.
The Boilermakers (14-2, 3-0 Big Ten) have won 10 straight overall and 17 consecutive home games.
Geo Baker had 11 points to lead the Scarlet Knights (10-6, 0-3), who have lost three straight. Mike Williams added 10. >> Read more