The Rutgers University males’s basketball workforce was snubbed from the NCAA Match bracket on Choice Sunday, and there was a big contingent that voiced their displeasure on social media.
When the 68 groups that made the dance have been introduced, Rutgers, which owns a 19-14 document on the season (10-10 in convention), was disregarded regardless of many believing the choice committee would contain them.
“Rutgers obtained screwed,” The Ringer’s John Jastremski wrote on Twitter. “Don’t perceive how you’re taking 4 Mountain West groups…”
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The choice committee considers the schedules for every workforce, and extra importantly, the power of these schedules.
However Rutgers Wire’s Kristian Dyer identified how he believed one event workforce chosen over Rutgers was a “shockingly dangerous” name.
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The New York Put up’s Ryan Dunleavy added a distinct perspective on the matter.
“Really feel dangerous for #Rutgers seniors however this is likely to be the overdue wake-up name this system must schedule higher in Nov. and Dec. There are higher NJ highschool video games most nights,” he wrote on Twitter.
Rutgers has been in a position to beat prime expertise this season. They defeated one of many No. 1 seeds within the event and the Large Ten Match winners in Purdue, 65-64, again on Jan. 2. However they struggled to take care of consistency in opposition to others, together with shedding seven of their final 10 video games.
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Rutgers wasn’t the one workforce to be spurned by the event. Oklahoma State was one other one which some believed would make it, however they fell brief within the eyes of the committee. UNC, nevertheless, made some dangerous historical past after shedding probably the most video games of any AP preseason No. 1 seed, they usually additionally missed the event.
Rutgers, nevertheless, will say sure to a nod to play within the Nationwide Invitation Match, says head coach Steve Pikiell.
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“Sure, completely,” Pikiell mentioned by way of 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 potential). I don’t need this season to finish. This group has actually been nice and completed numerous nice issues for us. … Having perhaps a possibility to play a house recreation right here for these guys could be essential and I believe applicable method (to finish the season). I’m not apologizing for postseason play right here at Rutgers. Clearly, our aim in the beginning of the yr is the NCAA Match, however we’ll must shift rapidly right here.”