Rutgers basketball isn’t exactly a powerhouse, but there have been some positive signs for Steve Pikiell’s team. The Scarlet Knights knocked off Miami in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, and were very competitive in back-to-back losses to highly ranked Michigan State and Wisconsin teams in conference.
RU traveled across the river to Fordham, a middling Atlantic 10 team that hasn’t made the NCAA Tournament since 1992, and fell today 78-70.
Nick Honor went for 30 for the Rams, and Fordham knocked down 10-of-22 threes in the game. Rutgers hit just 4-of-16 from deep, and had just 11 assists to 10 turnovers.
— Fordham Athletics (@FordhamRams) December 8, 2018
The local media wasn’t apologetic about the loss either. From the Asbury Park Press:
This loss feels something like that, but worse, especially after Rutgers played so well in Madison as it pushed Wisconsin to its limit before falling. A trip to Rose Hill felt like trouble, and that proved true. Rutgers, for any positive steps it has taken over the first nine games of this season, still has a very long way to go until it really figures things out.
Bottom line: A loss at Fordham, no matter the venue, should be deemed unacceptable for any Big Ten team, even Rutgers.
Rutgers was an eight-point road favorite entering the game.
Maine is 1-8. Maine beat Fordham. This loss doesn’t change my opinion about the program Steve Pikiell is building. But it’s still a crap loss.
— Steve Politi (@StevePoliti) December 8, 2018
To make matters worse for Rutgers basketball, its next opponent—New Jersey rival Seton Hall—beat Kentucky at Madison Square Garden today.
The Pirates beat the No. 9 Wildcats in an overtime thriller in Manhattan, as the Scarlet Knights fell in the Bronx.
Rutgers travels to Newark to face Seton Hall next Sunday, December 15. The game at the Prudential Center tips at 2 p.m. ET, and will be broadcast on FS1.