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Happy holidays, Rutgers fans!

Football season is coming down the home stretch, basketball season has started, and for NCAA fans it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

It’s been a tough football season for the Scarlet Knights, but Rutgers Wire is here to give you a reason to celebrate this holiday season.

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Scarlet Knights breeze past Rider for easy victory

Coming off a loss to Temple, the Scarlet Knights were well prepared to host local rival Rider University, crusing to an easy victory.

Coming off a tough loss to Temple in the Basketball Hall of Fame Showcase, Rutgers certainly rebounded well in their midweek game against Rider.

The visitors tried to keep it close early, but the Scarlet Knights were too much to handle. Rutgers came out of Jersey Mike’s Arena with a 76-46 win, making it four straight victories over Rider.

All-time, Rutgers is now 16-1 in the series.

The Scarlet Knights bounced back from a poor shooting night against Temple, a game where they shot just 38 percent from the floor. On Tuesday, Rutgers finished the game with 45 percent shooting as they got strong performances from their center Clifford Omoruyi and guard Cam Spencer. Without guards Caleb McConnell and Paul Mulcahy, both out with injuries, Omoruyi and Spencer had to be the main offensive threats for the Scarlet Knights.

Early in the second half, Omoruyi started the Scarlet Knights’ 31-13 run with a dunk that energized Rutgers to their 30-point lead. The Rutgers’ big man finished the game with a double-double, scoring 20 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in 28 minutes of play. Spencer had an efficient night shooting, especially behind the arc, scoring four out of five Rutgers three-pointers. The senior guard finished the game with 58.3 percent shooting (7-12) from mid-range and shot 57.1 percent from three-point range (4-7). Spencer capped off his strong performance with 19 points in 32 minutes of play.

Next Opponent

The next time the Scarlet Knights will hit the hardwood will be this Saturday, when they host Central Connecticut University at Jersey Mike’s Arena. Rutgers will look to breeze past a Central Connecticut team that is winless on the season.

 

Basketball Hall of Fame Showcase Preview: Temple vs. Rutgers

The Scarlet Knights and the Temple Owls will tip off against each this Friday night, both teams seeking a win on the big stage.

Tomorrow night, Friday 11/18/22 at 5 pm EST, Rutgers and Temple will tip off against each other in the Basketball Hall of Fame Showcase, an event played at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT.

Seeking their fourth straight win, Rutgers will be battling a Temple squad that is eager to get a bounce-back win, after losing to Vanderbilt 89-87 in overtime. Rutgers, 3-0, is trying to stay perfect on the season, as Temple (1-2) is trying to get back to .500.

The game will be broadcast on ESPNU and 88.7 WRSU-FM radio.

Who has the edge?

Looking over the team stats, Rutgers has the edge in this matchup. Head coach Steve Pikiell, is thrilled with the Scarlet Knights’ balanced scoring attack, averaging 78.7 points per game. Ball movement is key to a balanced offense and Rutgers is doing just that, averaging 15.3 assists per game. Rutgers’ big man, Cliff Omoruyi, will be a force in this matchup. Omoruyi has been a force to be reckoned with in the paint, averaging 16.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 2.7 blocked shots.  The Owls are averaging 30.7 rebounds per game, ranking them No. 284 in the nation. Rebounding isn’t the Owls’ strength, losing the rebounding battle in their first three games.

Rutgers’ aggressive defense is going to play a major factor in this matchup. The Scarlet Knights are averaging 13.7 steals per game, ranking them 5th in the nation. Meanwhile, the Owls are only averaging 5 steals a game, ranking them 300th. The Scarlet Knights currently have 41 steals in their first three games, leading the Big Ten Conference. Turnovers lead to easy points, so look for Rutgers to put a ton of pressure on Temple’s guards.

Even though Rutgers might have the edge in this matchup, the Temple Owls are no pushover. A few nights ago, the Owls pulled off an upset, beating No. 16 Villanova 68-64. The Owls’ inconsistency is not uncommon during the season’s early stages, but Temple’s guard Damian Dunn has been on fire. In Temple’s first three games, Dunn is averaging a team-high 29.7 points per game. Pikiell will look to get the ball out of Dunn’s hands, forcing him to dish it off to his teammates. Rutgers’ will put a full-court press on the Sophomore guard, trapping him when he gets over half-court. Rutgers will try to wear Dunn down with constant pressure. If Temple is going to win this game, the Scarlet Knights are going to make sure Dunn doesn’t beat them.

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Rutgers officially sign four-star recruit Gavin Griffiths

Rutgers basketball signs Gavin Griffiths.

On Wednesday, Rutgers basketball added a pivotal piece to the future in Gavin Griffiths. The four-star recruit became the lone member of Ru’s 2023 when he officially signed his national letter of intent. His commitment is an encouraging sign for the Scarlet Knights.

ESPN ranked Griffiths as the 36th best prospect in the country, and he is the highest-ranked player landed in the Steve Pikiell-era. One key factor in his decision was the impression the RU coaching staff made during his official visit.

“The coaching staff was just such a big part of my decision,” Griffiths told reporters. “I think it says a lot about my decision to pick Rutgers that I really wanted to do that. Once I decided, I just knew I had to tell them in person.”

The West Harford native brings an impressive resume to Piscataway and has already played against elite competition. Over the last few years, he has competed with the AAU program Expressions Elite in the Nike EYBL league.

Additionally, on April 20, The New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) named Griffiths the ’23 Player of the Year in Class B Basketball. In his junior season, he averaged 24 points and eight rebounds a game.

With the anticipation quickly building for his Rutgers debut, the talented shooter is ready to make his mark. The Scarlet Knights have made the NCAA Tournament the last two years, and they are hoping some memorable runs will be in store once Griffiths steps on campus.

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Rutgers men’s basketball starts season with impressive win over Columbia

Rutgers men’s basketball starts the season with a win over Columbia.

On Monday night,Rutgers  basketball kicked off the regular season by welcoming Columbia to Piscataway. It wasn’t much of a welcome from Rutgers.

In their first home game of the 2022-2023 campaign, the Scarlet Knights got balanced scoring and impressive defense in a 75-35 win. However, their play in the second half is what stood out.

After ending the first half up 31-21, Rutgers pulled away as the night moved on. From the 1:48 mark onward, the Scarlet Knights outscored Columbia 50-14. That was after Columbia recovered from a 15-0 run to make it a four-point game.

Rutgers was led offensively by Cam Spencer, who had a team-high 17 points while going 3-5 from three-point range. Every Rutgers starter reached double figures in points as Columbia had no answers defensively. In a dominating win, the Scarlet Knight’s experience shined through.

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This season, Rutgers returned the second most minutes of any Big ten team in the conference. That experience will be vital as they look to return to the Big Dance for the third straight season. With one win in the books, they will look to move to a 2-0 on the season on Thursday night when Sacred Heart visits.

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Can the Rutgers Scarlet Knights make it to their third straight NCAA tournament?

The Scarlet Knights are on a mission this year to punch their third straight ticket to the NCAA tournament, but does head coach Steve Pickiell have enough firepower to get them there?

The Scarlet Knights are on a mission this year to punch their third straight ticket to the NCAA tournament, but does head coach Steve Pickiell have enough firepower to get them there? Last year, Pickiell relied on veteran experience from guard / forward Ron Harper Jr. and guard Geo Baker to provide scoring for the Scarlet Knights. Harper Jr. and Baker both averaged double-digit points for Rutgers, Harper averaging almost 16 points per game and Baker averaging a little over 12 points per game. Unfortunately, both of these veteran players moved on from Rutgers, making their positions difficult to replace.

The Rutgers men’s basketball program got extremely lucky this off-season, as none of their rotation players opted to enter the transfer portal. Unlike football, the men’s basketball program has found some success playing in the Big Ten Conference, beating teams like Ohio State, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan State. With the tip-off of the 2022-23 season just a few days away, it will be interesting to see who Pickiell leans on to carry his team to another NCAA tournament.

Come tip-off on Monday, November 7, 2022 against Columbia University, look for Pickiell to call upon junior center Clifford Omoruyi and senior guard Paul Mulcahy. Last season, Omoruyi led the Scarlet Knights in rebounding owning the paint with roughly 8 rebounds a game. As for Mulcahy, he was a big contributor to Rutgers’ success as he was an excellent vacillator averaging a little more than five assists per game. Going into the 2022-23 season, Mulcahy is going to have to be more of a score-first guard rather than passing it off. Look for Mulcahy’s points per game to increase this season since Baker and Harper are no longer in the lineup. It will be interesting to see who Pickiell’s sixth man will be this year as many returning Scarlet Knights have experience from last season. My guess would be Dean Reiber who averaged 7.5 minutes a game last season. Reiber will be called upon when Omoruyi needs some rest allowing Rutgers to stretch the floor with his ability to shoot the three-ball.

The 2022-23 season is going to be an exciting year for Rutgers basketball as each year the team has shown signs of improvement. Come Monday, November 7, look for Pickiell and the Scarlet Knights to make strides toward their third straight NCAA tournament.

 

Rutgers men’s basketball head coach Steve Pikiell talks homecourt advantage

Rutgers men’s basketball head coach talks about the impact of Jersey Mike’s Arena on his team.

For Rutgers basketball, the expectation is now that of postseason appearances. The Scarlet Knights have established themselves as a top-half of the Big Ten caliber program as they look to build on their success from the last two years.

Rutgers is looking to make it three straight NCAA Tournament appearances. Last year, Rutgers went 18-14 (12-8 Big Ten) and lost 89-87 in overtime to Notre Dame in the play-in game.

One reason why Rutgers is in the mix for the postseason again this year is their homecourt advantage. Last season at Jersey Mike’s Arena, Rutgers was 14-3 on their home court.

Speaking at the Big Ten Media Days on Tuesday, Rutgers head coach Steve Pikiell was asked about his homecourt advantage.

“I mean, just the energy in the building. It starts way before the game. It starts leading up to the game, the days before,” Pikiell told reporters at the Big Ten’s media event this week.

“It’s a fan base that’s been very loyal, very passionate. Now we’ve added the elements of the great college students and their creativity, their youth and their enthusiasm.

“Jersey Mike’s is one of the toughest places I think to play. We love it. (An) Unbelievable home-court advantage there. Keeping these guys around keeps it that way, too. You’ve got to have good players. Basketball is about having good kids that are willing to sacrifice. We’ve talked a lot about that this year. They have to sacrifice minutes, their offense for defense, rebounds for points – those kind of things.

“I think our fans sacrifice. I think our players do. That has created a great environment for us.”

Pikiell said that his team plays with “a little Jersey grit and excitement and enthusiasm” which resonates with the fan base.

Rutgers basketball the latest to offer Darius Adams

Rutgers is the latest to offer class of 2025 shooting guard Darius Adams

Class of 2025 combo guard Darius Adams received an offer this week from Rutgers basketball. This latest offer is the second offer from a Power Five conference for Adams.

The Scarlet Knights are the first Big Ten program to offer Adams. The 6-foor-3, 150-pound guard from Manasquan high school (Manasquan, NJ) also holds offers from Syracuse, St. Johns, Seton Hall, and Fordham.

A four-star recruit according to 247Sports and the No. 1 prospect in New Jersey according to On3 Consensus, Adams averaged 14.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists this past season in high school. He projects as a strong three-point shooter and he continues to work on beating players off the dribble and handling the ball through pressure.

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Rutgers has shown steady improvement from their guards under the tutelage of head coach Steve Pikiell and by the time Adams is ready for college, there will be a need on the Scarlet Knights at guard. The New Jersey native would be a perfect fit for Rutgers.

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Arella Guirantes dominating in FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup

Former Rutgers women’s basketball star Arella Guirantes is leading all scorers at the 2022 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup

Former Rutgers women’s basketball star Arella Guirantes is playing for team Puerto Rico and putting on a show at the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup.

Group play has wrapped up at the World Cup and the Puerto Rico star is leading all scorers with 18 points per game. Guirantes is playing for her national team for the first time and making an immediate impact. Puerto Rico finished in dead last in their last two international competitions, but the former Scarlet Knight has led them to two victories and the team’s first ever trip to the World Cup Quarterfinals.

The former Scarlet Knight also leads all players in total points with 90. Guirantes has twice scored over 25 points – once recording a double-double with 10 rebounds and the other falling just short with nine boards.

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The 24-year-old rising star is honored to represent her heritage and the country where her grandfather is from. She spoke to media about this when first joining the team:

“It’s a great experience. It’s a blessing to finally put on this jersey,” said Guirantes. “I was just thinking before the [Belgium] game. It kind of hit me right during the national anthems. I felt like I had more pride wearing this jersey and I owed it to more than just myself to play hard.”

“So, it’s a beautiful feeling. It’s great to play with these girls and be coached by these coaches here, and I’m just grateful for the experience.”

Prior to joining Puerto Rico, Guirantes was drafted in the 2021 WNBA draft by the Los Angeles Sparks and is currently a free agent. In her senior season with Rutgers, she averaged 21.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.8 blocks, and 2.2 steals per game and was named to the First Team All-Big Ten team.

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Donnie Freeman talks Rutgers basketball unofficial visit, upcoming official visit(s)

Rutgers men’s basketball hosted four-star Donnie Freeman this week.

Donnie Freeman took an unofficial visit to the Rutgers basketball program this week. It was a successful trip, the four-star said.

A class of 2024 recruit, Freeman is one of the most highly-recruited players in the nation. The 247Sports Composite ranks him as the No. 25 player in the nation.

He is a 6-foot-8 forward at St. John’s (Washington, D.C.). Georgetown, Iowa, Marquette, Maryland, Ole Miss, and Texas along with a Rutgers offer that was extended in mid-June. In mid-August, his most recent offer came in from the ACC via Pittsburgh.

Freeman said the unofficial visit was a positive experience and one that helped him establish a good level of communication with the Scarlet Knights.

“It was good,” Freeman told RutgersWire about his visit. “I spent a lot of time with the coaching staff and got to know everyone and see the campus.”

Freeman has one official visit planned when he will go to Iowa in September.

“Coach McCaffrey is very active with talking to me,” Freeman said. He really likes how I can impact the game in many ways and he loves my long-term potential.”

The relationship with Hawkeyes, he says, is improving and growing stronger.

“(It’s) good and getting better,” Freeman said. “I’m building a good relationship with coach (Fran) McCaffrey and the staff.”

After his recent visit to Rutgers, Freeman seems to have a better connection with the program. In particular, he seems to have forged a positive opinion of head coach Steve Pikiell.

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“I feel good about the school and I really like coach Pikiell,” Freeman said.

“He seems very passionate about the program. And he is really dedicated to the players and program development.”

Pikiell has led Rutgers to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances for the first time since 1976.

 

As for other official visits besides Iowa, Freeman has his eyes on a couple of other programs.

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“Right now, Alabama and Texas are in the works and maybe some other schools,” Freeman said.

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