When Rutgers host Clemson on Tuesday night, it will be a rematch for the first round victory of last season’s Scarlet Knights 60-56 NCAA tournament. But Rutgers won’t really think about it.
The Scarlet Knights just need a win.
Rutgers (3-3) lost a 17-point second-half lead in an 85-83 loss to Massachusetts on Saturday and is already fighting for his NCAA general tournament life as he has already suffered defeats against Lafayette, UMass and DePaul. These losses could be major negatives on Rutgers’ CV unless it ends near or atop the Big Ten.
âWe have a long season,â Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell said after the loss. âI told you (to the media) that I love this team. â¦ We are working hard in practice. We were well prepared for this game. Now I am basing myself in a new range without Geo Baker. But if we continue to play like we played together, everything will be fine.
Baker, the star Rutgers goaltender, missed the UMass game with a hamstring injury and is uncertain for Tuesday’s game. Without him, Ron Harper Jr. (15.0 points) will have to carry the load.
Clemson (5-2) also lost a double-digit second-half lead to St. Bonaventure and West Virginia at the Shriners Children’s Charleston Classic on November 19-21. PJ Hall is averaging 13.9 points for the Tigers.
“I think our team have learned a lot from these two games,” said Clemson coach Brad Brownell after a 91-59 win over Charleston Southern on November 26. “It’s unfortunate that we lost them both. I hope he caught the attention of our guys. We’re a good team. We can do some good things. But we’re like most teams. college basketball in the sense that our margin of error is very small.
Clemson was outscored 19-4 for second chance points in those two losses.
âWe’re a bit smaller,â Brownell said of his team’s rebound, âso we have to fight sometimes. It’s something that we are working on a lot. It will definitely be a key to moving forward. .
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