The Rutgers Scarlet Knights initially brought over Steve Pikiell from Stony Brook in the hopes he could take them to college basketball glory. While the road has been bumpy, there’s been several flashes of a brighter tomorrow since the former AEC coach took over the gig.
It could be argued, though, after a win over a very good Ohio State Buckeyes on Wednesday night, the program earned its first POTENTIAL program-changing victory. Not so much because they haven’t won quality games in the Pikiell era before, but due to the fact the roster is now better suited to parlay the latest win with some more.
“This is a big win for us, a building block win for us,” freshman guard Ron Harper Jr. said. “Until today we hadn’t beaten a Big Ten team and today we beat a ranked Big Ten team. So this is a building win for us and expect the Scarlet Knights to be taking steps forward from now on. We don’t look to turn back from this.”
With the victory, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights improved to 8-6 on the season. While not insanely impressive, the team’s top-six scorers are non-seniors, meaning an optimistic view for the longer term can be had.
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