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  • On the Banks: Rutgers men's basketball opens KenPom rankings better than program's best ever finish

    The KenPom rankings to begin the 2019-2020 season were released this weekend and Rutgers starts in uncharted territory. The Scarlet Knights will open the most anticipated season in years ranked 63rd. They finished 78th last season. The program has never finished a season ranked higher than 71st since KenPom began in 2001-2002. The season they finished that high was the 2005-2006 campaign, which is the last time Rutgers produced a winning record and earned a postseason appearance.

    With a preseason ranking of 63rd, Rutgers is listed as 11th in the Big Ten. The ten teams ranked ahead are 45th or better, while the three teams behind Rutgers are Minnesota (81st), Northwestern (87th), and Nebraska (96th).

    The KenPom rankings to begin the 2019-2020 season were released this weekend and Rutgers starts in uncharted territory. The Scarlet Knights will open the most anticipated season in years ranked 63rd. They finished 78th last season. The program has never finished a season ranked higher than 71st since KenPom began in 2001-2002. The season they finished that high was the 2005-2006 campaign, which is the last time Rutgers produced a winning record and earned a postseason appearance.

    With a preseason ranking of 63rd, Rutgers is listed as 11th in the Big Ten. The ten teams ranked ahead are 45th or better, while the three teams behind Rutgers are Minnesota (81st), Northwestern (87th), and Nebraska (96th).

  • On the Banks: Rutgers Men's Basketball Preseason Headquarters

    Read all of our coverage ahead of November 7th's season opener right here

    Read all of our coverage ahead of November 7th's season opener right here

  • On the Banks: The Rutgers Football Program Needs New Coach But the Situation is Not Dire

    Do you remember the good ol' days?

    Remember when a basketball coach and an AD were fired, the school's name was dragged through the mud on ESPN every single day and players were transferring out left and right--oh and given waivers to play every single day? And then, the school couldn't offer anyone a big enough salary to land someone who could actually withstand the years of losing to fix the program? There wasn't a practice facility--there wasn't even a hint of the kind of support the program would need to survive. Remember that?

    No. Oh, sorry.

    Do you remember the good ol' days?

    Remember when a basketball coach and an AD were fired, the school's name was dragged through the mud on ESPN every single day and players were transferring out left and right--oh and given waivers to play every single day? And then, the school couldn't offer anyone a big enough salary to land someone who could actually withstand the years of losing to fix the program? There wasn't a practice facility--there wasn't even a hint of the kind of support the program would need to survive. Remember that?

    No. Oh, sorry.

  • On the Banks: A four game stretch in December will help define the season for Rutgers basketball

    If the Rutgers men's basketball team this season ultimately ends a decade and a half drought without a winning campaign and postseason berth, a four game stretch in December will likely be a major reason why. The Scarlet Knights, who begin the season on November 7th at the RAC against Bryant, will play seven non-conference games in the opening month, highlighted by two Atlantic 10 opponents, St. Bonaventure, who they'll play at a neutral site in Toronto, and UMASS at home the day after Thanksgiving. Both of those contests are important too, but as November ends, a crucial stretch for this team arrives.

    If the Rutgers men's basketball team this season ultimately ends a decade and a half drought without a winning campaign and postseason berth, a four game stretch in December will likely be a major reason why. The Scarlet Knights, who begin the season on November 7th at the RAC against Bryant, will play seven non-conference games in the opening month, highlighted by two Atlantic 10 opponents, St. Bonaventure, who they'll play at a neutral site in Toronto, and UMASS at home the day after Thanksgiving. Both of those contests are important too, but as November ends, a crucial stretch for this team arrives.

  • On the Banks: Myles Johnson primed for breakout season for Rutgers basketball

    Rutgers center Myles Johnson uses the Twitter handle "Myles the Monster" and there is reason to believe his online alter ego will manifest into reality on the basketball court this season, making him a real life nightmare for opponents. The redshirt sophomore is as positive a development story for head coach Steve Pikiell as any player he has had at Rutgers so far. He was a 3-star recruit who was injured much of his high school senior season and held no other high major offers besides Rutgers thanks to former assistant Jay Young. Now Johnson has the opportunity to breakout as one of the best big men in the Big Ten this season.

    Rutgers center Myles Johnson uses the Twitter handle "Myles the Monster" and there is reason to believe his online alter ego will manifest into reality on the basketball court this season, making him a real life nightmare for opponents. The redshirt sophomore is as positive a development story for head coach Steve Pikiell as any player he has had at Rutgers so far. He was a 3-star recruit who was injured much of his high school senior season and held no other high major offers besides Rutgers thanks to former assistant Jay Young. Now Johnson has the opportunity to breakout as one of the best big men in the Big Ten this season.

  • On the Banks: Rutgers Basketball adds T.J. Thompson to administrative staff

    On Thursday, the Rutgers men's basketball program announced the addition of T.J. Thompson, who will serve as director of basketball administration on head coach Steve Pikiell's staff.

    Thompson has several connections with Rutgers Basketball, including having been a four year starter at George Washington under then head coach and current Scarlet Knights assistant Karl Hobbs. Pikiell was an assistant on Hobbs' staff, so the three have had a relationship for almost 20 years. Thompson served as a captain his senior season and was named a First Team All-Atlantic 10 Conference selection.

    In addition, Thompson is the co-founder of AAU program the D.

    On Thursday, the Rutgers men's basketball program announced the addition of T.J. Thompson, who will serve as director of basketball administration on head coach Steve Pikiell's staff.

    Thompson has several connections with Rutgers Basketball, including having been a four year starter at George Washington under then head coach and current Scarlet Knights assistant Karl Hobbs. Pikiell was an assistant on Hobbs' staff, so the three have had a relationship for almost 20 years. Thompson served as a captain his senior season and was named a First Team All-Atlantic 10 Conference selection.

    In addition, Thompson is the co-founder of AAU program the D.

  • On the Banks: No. 19 Rutgers field hockey defeats Indiana 3-2 on last minute goal

    The no. 19 Rutgers field hockey team won in dramatic fashion on Friday late afternoon, defeating Indiana 3-2 on a last minute goal. The host Scarlet Knights trailed 2-1 as late as midway through the third quarter, but two goals from Kerrie Burns led RU to victory.

    Rutgers scored first, Clayre Smith registered a shot and Kassidy Shetler fired the rebound into the back of the net just 12 minutes into the game.

    Indiana didn't trail for long and scored twice in a four minute period to take a 2-1 lead with just under 12 minutes left to play in the first half.

    The no. 19 Rutgers field hockey team won in dramatic fashion on Friday late afternoon, defeating Indiana 3-2 on a last minute goal. The host Scarlet Knights trailed 2-1 as late as midway through the third quarter, but two goals from Kerrie Burns led RU to victory.

    Rutgers scored first, Clayre Smith registered a shot and Kassidy Shetler fired the rebound into the back of the net just 12 minutes into the game.

    Indiana didn't trail for long and scored twice in a four minute period to take a 2-1 lead with just under 12 minutes left to play in the first half.

  • On the Banks: Five questions on Rutgers men's basketball as new season begins

    The first practice for the 2019-2020 Rutgers men's basketball season tips off Thursday with the first game less than seven weeks away. Big Ten Media Day is October 2nd in Rosemont, Illinois, Geo Baker, Shaq Carter, and Ron sharpers Jr. are set to attend along with head coach Steve Pikiell. There will be lots to discuss regarding this team before the season officially begins and today we start with five key questions on the road ahead.

    Can the frontcourt hold up?

    There is no question this is as deep a team on the perimeter that Rutgers has had in years.

    The first practice for the 2019-2020 Rutgers men's basketball season tips off Thursday with the first game less than seven weeks away. Big Ten Media Day is October 2nd in Rosemont, Illinois, Geo Baker, Shaq Carter, and Ron sharpers Jr. are set to attend along with head coach Steve Pikiell. There will be lots to discuss regarding this team before the season officially begins and today we start with five key questions on the road ahead.

    Can the frontcourt hold up?

    There is no question this is as deep a team on the perimeter that Rutgers has had in years.

  • On the Banks: Big Ten football teams we are watching this weekend

    With Rutgers on a bye, our staff let you know which Big Ten teams we will be watching this weekend.

    Adam Ross: I'll be keeping my eye on the Maryland-Temple game. Maryland is our next home Big Ten opponent, and a mere few weeks ago looked like a potential win. But they followed up a dominating 79-0 victory over Howard by decimating a ranked Syracuse squad 63-20. This week, they go on the road for the first time to face Temple in Philadelphia. I'll be interested to see how this team does on the vistior's sideline, especially when the expectations are reversed.

    With Rutgers on a bye, our staff let you know which Big Ten teams we will be watching this weekend.

    Adam Ross: I'll be keeping my eye on the Maryland-Temple game. Maryland is our next home Big Ten opponent, and a mere few weeks ago looked like a potential win. But they followed up a dominating 79-0 victory over Howard by decimating a ranked Syracuse squad 63-20. This week, they go on the road for the first time to face Temple in Philadelphia. I'll be interested to see how this team does on the vistior's sideline, especially when the expectations are reversed.

  • On the Banks: Rutgers Basketball: 2020 Power Forward Dean Reiber Commits to Steve Pikiell's Program

    Steve Pikiell received his first commitment of the 2020 class as legacy student and power forward Dean Reiber committed to the Scarlet Knights today.

    Thank you to all who believed in me enough to extend a scholarship offer. One program has hit home to me on every level and I'm excited to announce my commitment to Rutgers. pic.twitter.com/6VYQetRi69

    -- Dean Reiber (@dean_reiber) August 31, 2019

    Reiber, who's grandfather graduated from the university, has been on Pikiell's radar for a while. Pikiell watched him several times and then offered him back in April.

    Steve Pikiell received his first commitment of the 2020 class as legacy student and power forward Dean Reiber committed to the Scarlet Knights today.

    Thank you to all who believed in me enough to extend a scholarship offer. One program has hit home to me on every level and I'm excited to announce my commitment to Rutgers. pic.twitter.com/6VYQetRi69

    -- Dean Reiber (@dean_reiber) August 31, 2019

    Reiber, who's grandfather graduated from the university, has been on Pikiell's radar for a while. Pikiell watched him several times and then offered him back in April.

  • ESPN.com: Everything you need to know for the 2019 NBA awards

    Note: Six of the awards given out are voted on by the media: MVP, Coach of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Sixth Man Award and Most Improved Player. Other awards include Executive of the Year (voted on by the league's executives), Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year (voted on by the players), NBA Sportsmanship Award (voted on by the players), the NBA Cares Community Assist Award (voted on by fans and a panel of judges), the Lifetime Achievement Award, the NBA Hustle Award and the Sager Strong Award.

    Most Valuable Player Rookie of the Year Sixth Man Defensive Player of the Year Most Improved Player Coach of the Year

    Mike Budenholzer, Milwaukee Bucks
    Michael Malone, Denver Nuggets
    Doc Rivers, LA Clippers

  • On the Banks: Pac-12 Sixth Man of the Year Donnie Tillman Visiting Rutgers Basketball

    The Rutgers men's basketball program is hosting an intriguing sit-out transfer candidate on Thursday. Per The Basketball Diary, Utah wing and the Pac-12's reigning sixth man of the year, Donnie Tillman, is currently on a visit to Rutgers.

    Utah's transfer Donnie Tillman on a visit at Rutgers. Was Pac12's 6th man of the year.

    -- The Basketball Diary (@TheBBallDiary) June 20, 2019

    Kristian Dyer of ESPN confirmed the visit soon after as well.

    The 6'7" sophomore averaged 10.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists in 27.2 minutes per game last season.

  • On the Banks: Steve Pikiell discusses the current state of the Rutgers men's basketball program entering his fourth year

    The offseason has been a busy one for the Rutgers men's basketball program. There have been staff changes, roster changes, scheduling news, as well as a trip to Spain and opening of the practice facility slated for later this summer. For a third straight year, I was fortunate to speak with head coach Steve Pikiell about the current state of the program during the offseason. Player development, recruiting, and expectations for next season are just a few topics covered during our lengthy conversation. Let's tip things off!

    Thanks again for taking time to speak with me coach.

  • On the Banks: Former Rutgers captain Eugene Omoruyi transferring to Oregon

    Former Rutgers captain Eugene Omoruyi has officially flown the coop, announcing on his Instagram account on Monday night that he was committing to the Oregon Ducks. It took just 12 days from when Omoruyi announced he was transferring from Rutgers to make his decision. He visited Texas A&M first, before deciding on Oregon after his recent official visit to the program. Per transfer rules, he will have to sit next season before playing his final year of eligibility in the 2020-2021 season.

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    Happy to announce that I have committed to the University of Oregon !

  • On the Banks: Rutgers Men's Basketball Booster Program, the Court Club, Looks to Kick Off Summer With A Steve Pikiell BBQ

    One of the unsung heroes for the Rutgers Men's Basketball program has been it's Booster Club, cleverly named the Court Club. This coming year, the Court Club is looking to amp up its activity with the Men's Basketball program and continue to build its membership.

    So, what does the Court Club do, you ask?

    Well, let me tell you. The Court Club has been supporting the Men's Basketball program since 1958, and it is the oldest booster club on campus. 180 members strong, the Court Club looks to support Steve Pikiell's program in a multitude of ways.

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