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Episode No. 104: Rutgers-Princeton rivalry close to resuming



Dec 11, 2013; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Princeton Tigers guard T.J. Bray (5) works against Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Jerome Seagears (1) during the second half at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. Princeton Tigers defeat the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 78-73. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

Episode No. 104 discusses the report that Rutgers and Princeton are closing in on opening the 2023-2024 season in a neutral court game at Cure Arena in Trenton. It would resume the longest rivalry in program history after a ten year hiatus. Former Rutgers head coach Eddie Jordan infamously cancelled the series after a 2013 loss at the RAC. The two programs have met 120 times since the series began in 1917. The Tigers hold a 75-45 series lead.

The Dean of New Jersey college basketball, Jerry Carino, also confirmed the report that the game is in serious talks.

This is something I’ve been preaching to happen for years. If the contract is ultimately finalized, which there is significant pressure to make happen now that it’s public, it would be a beautiful thing. This matters for historical and tradition sake. It would be a very competitive game on the court. And it would create a tremendous buzz in New Jersey and even on a national level for Rutgers to open the season against Princeton coming off of a Sweet 16 appearance last March.

I also discuss what the Quad implications are in playing Princeton and how it would compare to another non-conference opponent.

In addition, I discuss a potential fourth high major opponent being worked on for the non-conference schedule and how the overall slate is shaping up

You can listen and watch below for this latest episode of The Scarlet Faithful podcast.



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