The Rutgers Scarlet Knights just suffered one of the worst losses in recent memory. They lost by a score of –wait until you see this — 92-31 in the American Athletic Conference tournament quarterfinals on Thursday afternoon in Memphis. Rick Pitino‘s Louisville Cardinals were the victors, but man, it’s hard for the focus of this game to not be solely on Eddie Jordan‘s squad.
There are no typos in that score. Believe me, I had to double check it a few times as well. 92-31. Wow is truly all I can say right now.
So, what’s the possible explanation for why this drubbing occurred? I suppose it’s certainly possible that Rutgers simply gave up. They entered the game with a woeful record of 12-20, but then again, they did put up a hard fought effort just last night in defeating South Florida 72-68 in the AAC tourney’s first round, which begs the question, how bad is South Florida then?
Perhaps the defending national champion Cardinals are really starting to hit their stride and once again become a dominant team. But I don’t believe that to be the case. Louisville is an excellent team, sure, but again, 92-31? I still can’t get over how inexplicable and laughable of a loss this is.
Rutgers basketball has yet again embarrassed themselves. Everybody knows about the Mike Rice fiasco from last year, and now there’s this. Luckily, the AAC rids themselves of this perennial awful basketball program at the conclusion of this season.
Conference realignment has the Scarlet Knights taking over as the Big Ten‘s bottom dweller in the 2014-15 college hoops campaign.
Matthew Sturgeon is a College Basketball Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @OfficialSturg27