The Rutgers University men’s basketball team was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament class on Selection Day, and there was a large group expressing their displeasure on social media.
When the 68 teams performing the dance were announced, Rutgers, which had a 19-14 record on the season (10-10 in conference), was eliminated despite many believing the selection committee would field them.
“Rutgers has been screwed,” John Jastremski of The Ringer wrote on Twitter. “I don’t understand how you take 4 teams into Mountain West…”
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The selection committee looks at each team’s schedules and, more importantly, the strength of those schedules.
But Rutgers Wire’s Christian Dyer noted how much he thought one of the teams selected over Rutgers was a “very bad” call.
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Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post added a different take on the matter.
“I feel bad for the seniors at #Rutgers but this may be the late wake up call the program needs to schedule better November & December there are better high school games in NJ most nights,” he wrote on Twitter.
Rutgers has managed to take down top talent this season. They defeated tournament No. 1 seed and Big Ten tournament winners Purdue, 65-64 again on January 2. But they have struggled to maintain consistency against the others, including losing seven of their last 10 matches.
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Rutgers wasn’t the only team to be denied the championship. Oklahoma was another state that some thought would make it, but fell short in the eyes of the commission. However, UNC has made some bad history after losing the most games at any of the #1 seeds in the AP preseason, and they’ve also just missed the tournament.
Still, Rutgers will say yes to a nod to play in the National Invitation Tournament, says head coach Steve Bickell.
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“Yeah, absolutely,” Beckel said via NJ.com. “We’re going to try to keep playing. I want Caleb (McConnell) and Paul (Mulcahy) to play as many games as possible. I don’t want this season to end. This group has been really great and has done a lot of great things for us. … It might be the opportunity to play. A home game here for those guys is very important and I think the right way (to finish the season). Rutgers. Obviously our goal at the beginning of the year is the NCAA tournament, but we have to turn around quickly here.”
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