Welcome to episode No. 59 of The Scarlet Faithful podcast. This episode focuses on Rutgers men’s basketball being left out of the NCAA Tournament on Selection Sunday.
Obviously, Rutgers had some positives and negatives in regard to its resume. There were several big wins including a road victory at Purdue. The Scarlet Knights had a KenPom ranking of No. 35 and NET ranking of No. 40. There were very positive predictive metrics. And yet, RU ultimately fell short for a few reasons that kept them from dancing.
The NCAA Tournament Selection Committee stated that a poor non-conference schedule, no notable out of conference wins and the absence of Mawot Mag as the big reasons why the Scarlet Knights were left out of the field.
I’ll have plenty more to discuss on what this all means, but I did my best to process as much as possible and record my thoughts here.
This episode breaks down those reasons, compares resumes with some bubble teams that were selected, reviewing all the things that Rutgers could have done to prevent being in the position to be left out, how this impacts the big picture, Tuesday’s NIT game against Hofstra and much more.
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