In my season preview for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, I originally had them going 13-18 in 2013-14. I did allow for some wiggle room, however, noting that I was being nice for giving them 13 wins. Well, it’s time for me to recant my initial kindness.
The 3-3 start for the Scarlet Knights is a disaster. Their three wins included an eight-point win against Florida A&M, a one-point escape from Yale, and a 15-point win against Canisius. Their three losses included a three-point loss to UAB, an 11-point defeat versus Drexel, and a 10-point loss to William and Mary on Saturday. For a team in the American Athletic Conference, this is not a decent start — this is a purely pathetic one.
But wait, check out their national rankings. They average 71.2 points per game (241st overall), 38.3 rebounds per contest (134th), 11.7 assists per game (253rd), and are shooting 42.1 percent from the field as a team (257th overall).
With six games to go before conference play begins, Rutgers will not reach my projected 13 wins. In the best-case scenario, they win 10 games, catching an AAC team on a really bad day. Other than that, I don’t see them winning a single conference game. The AAC is much deeper than everyone thinks, and I think come season’s end, all of college basketball will be aware of that fact.
I wonder if Eddie Jordan knew what he was getting into when he agreed to take over as the Scarlet Knights’ head coach.