New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy was simply as upset as each different Rutgers fan on Monday because the Scarlet Knights have been disregarded of the sector of 68 for the NCAA Males’s Basketball Event.
Regardless of being ranked thirty fifth in school basketball analyst Ken Pom’s rankings, having a NET rating of 40 and selecting up victories over Purdue, Northwestern and Penn State, Rutgers was out of the event at the same time as groups with decrease NET rankings made it into the Huge Dance.
Murphy tweeted his displeasure with the NCAA Choice Committee.
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“#35 in KenPom rankings. Beat #1 seed Purdue on the street and almost beat them once more two days in the past. And received towards various sturdy groups throughout the season,” Murphy tweeted.
“Rutgers ought to have made the Tourney. Interval. Full cease.”
There’ll nonetheless be a rooting curiosity for Murphy as Princeton and Fairleigh Dickinson made the lads’s subject. Princeton and Monmouth made the sector on the ladies’s aspect. Nevertheless, Fairleigh Dickinson and Monmouth are in play-in video games to get to the primary spherical.
Rutgers has been capable of beat prime expertise this season. They defeated one of many No. 1 seeds within the event and the Huge Ten Event winners in Purdue, 65-64, again on Jan. 2. Nevertheless, they struggled to take care of consistency towards others, together with dropping seven of their final 10 video games.
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Rutgers was not the one crew to be spurned by the event. Oklahoma State was one other one which some believed would make it, however they fell quick within the eyes of the committee. UNC, nonetheless, made some dangerous historical past after dropping probably the most video games of any AP preseason No. 1 seed, and so they additionally missed the event.
Rutgers, nonetheless, will say sure to a nod to play within the Nationwide Invitation Event, says head coach Steve Pikiell.
“Sure, completely,” Pikiell stated, through NJ.com. “We’re going to attempt to proceed taking part in. I need Caleb (McConnell) and Paul (Mulcahy) to play as many video games (as attainable). I don’t need this season to finish. This group has actually been nice and finished plenty of nice issues for us.
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“… Having possibly a chance to play a house sport right here for these guys can be essential and I feel applicable approach (to finish the season). I’m not apologizing for postseason play right here at Rutgers. Clearly, our objective at the start of the yr is the NCAA Event, however we’ll need to shift rapidly right here.”
Fox Information’ Scott Thompson contributed to this report.