The guy is flat out crushing it. One of the best coaching jobs in the country. I remember when he took the job, a lot of us figuring it was an almost impossible job but at least he’s getting paid. Now it looks like they got a bargain.Pikiell has rutgers ranked 24th, their first ranking since 1979.
Also the first time ever that two New Jersey schools are ranked in the same poll (with SH)
Amazing what happens when schools find coaches that fit what they need over fit what they're told they think they need. Pikiell more or less built Stony Brook from scratch and into a consistent player even after he left...Rutgers needed that, he does that, plays a style that will get a team that isn't going to have the ability to get top 50 guys results, and it's working. It's great.The guy is flat out crushing it. One of the best coaching jobs in the country. I remember when he took the job, a lot of us figuring it was an almost impossible job but at least he’s getting paid. Now it looks like they got a bargain.
I am confused. Is Rutgers not ranked for the first time since 1979? Is that not a long time? Why would that not be the headline? It is the same press everyone gave Northwestern when they finally got to the NCAA tournament.I can’t think of two more perfect situations for these two to be at- the expectations and hurdle for what is considered to be successful at both of these schools in basketball is so incredibly low/would be considered mediocre at best and likely fireable at nearly all their peer institutions, but Chambers has won an NIT, has Penn State NCAA tournament contenders and Rutgers played a mid-major OOC schedule and has won a few early B10 games and the headline is “first time ranked since 1979”. Incredible jobs.
Wild one as Rutgers did their patented dig an enormously deep hole and rally approach, coming all the way back to take the lead with less than a minute left after being down 21, only to still take the L on a PSU 3 with 30 seconds left. Still some work to do for Rutgers to finally get off the bubble, while PSU is looking like a solid 4 seed at the moment.Rutgers @ Penn st. now. Penn state is competing for a double bye in the B10 tourney and rugters would take themselves off the bubble with a win tonight