On Thursday, the NCAA informed Rutgers that Madison Square Garden will officially serve as a home away from home. Saturday’s game for Rutgers against Michigan State at MSG has had its designation changed to a home game per the NCAA. It was listed as a neutral court game up until Thursday. The Big Ten required RU to sacrifice an actual home game to take part in the Super Saturday contest.
Confirming that Saturday’s game for Rutgers against Michigan State at Madison Square Garden has had its designation changed to a home game per the NCAA. That means it will count as a Quad 2 game for NET rankings purposes. Rutgers has updated their schedule to reflect the change.
— Aaron Breitman (@aaron_breitman) February 2, 2023
The change means the game will now count as a Quad 2 contest for NET rankings purposes. Rutgers has updated their schedule to reflect the change. The Scarlet Knights are currently 4-4 in Quad 1 games and 3-2 in Quad 2 games. Their overall NET ranking is No. 20.
After a 35 point win over Minnesota on Wednesday night, Rutgers head coach Steve Pikiell made his pitch to fans to attend the game at the World’s Most Famous Arena.
“Rutgers nation will be there and that’s the most important thing,” stated Pikiell. “We have a lot of alums in that area. It’s a great city. So excited and you’re playing as good a team, as good as a program as the rest of the country. So excited for that opportunity.”
As for preparing his team for the critical Big Ten matchup against the Spartans, Pikiell emphasized the importance of the game.
“These guys know they see Madison Square Garden on TV. You get these opportunities, opportunities come and you’ve got to take advantage of them,” explained Pikiell. “So hopefully, we’ll have the place red and packed. That’s what we need more than anything.”
Oscar Palmquist, who had the best game of his career off the bench against Minnesota, spoke about his mindset regarding Saturday’s opportunity.
“Man, I’m just really excited,” Palmquist said. “I’m from Sweden, so I’ve been dreaming about playing in an arena like that my whole life. So I’m just excited.”
Rutgers lost at Michigan State by the score of 70-57 on January 19. They’ll look to even the series and maintain their second place position in the Big Ten standings. You can purchase tickets here. The game tips off at noon ET and will air live on FOX.
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