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2017–18 Rutgers Scarlet Knights men's basketball team

The 2017–18 Rutgers Scarlet Knights men's basketball team represented Rutgers University–New Brunswick during the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Scarlet Knights, led by second-year head coach Steve Pikiell, played their home games at the Louis Brown Athletic Center in Piscataway, New Jersey as fourth-year members of the Big Ten Conference. They finished the season 15–19, 3–15 in Big Ten play to finish in last place. In the Big Ten Tournament, they defeated Minnesota and Indiana before losing to Purdue in the quarterfinals.

2017–18 Rutgers Scarlet Knights men's basketball
Rutgers Scarlet Knights logo.svg
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
2017–18 record15–19 (3–15 Big Ten)
Head coachSteve Pikiell (2nd season)
Assistant coaches
Home arenaLouis Brown Athletic Center
Seasons
2017–18 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 5 Michigan State 16 2   .889     30 5   .857
No. 11 Purdue 15 3   .833     30 7   .811
No. 17 Ohio State 15 3   .833     25 9   .735
No. 7 Michigan 13 5   .722     33 8   .805
Nebraska 13 5   .722     22 11   .667
Penn State 9 9   .500     26 13   .667
Indiana 9 9   .500     16 15   .516
Maryland 8 10   .444     19 13   .594
Wisconsin 7 11   .389     15 18   .455
Northwestern 6 12   .333     15 17   .469
Minnesota 4 14   .222     15 17   .469
Illinois 4 14   .222     14 18   .438
Iowa 4 14   .222     14 19   .424
Rutgers 3 15   .167     15 19   .441
2018 Big Ten Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

Previous seasonEdit

The Knights finished the 2016–17 season 15–18, 3–15 in Big Ten play to finish in last place. In the Big Ten Tournament, they defeated Ohio State in the first round, marking their first ever Big Ten Tournament win.[1] However, they lost to Northwestern in the second round.[2][3]

OffseasonEdit

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Nigel Johnson 0 G 6'1" 190 RS Junior Ashburn, VA Transferred to Virginia
Jonathan Laurent 4 G 6'6" 216 Sophomore Lakeland, FL Transferred to Massachusetts
Khalil Batie 23 G 5'10" 168 Senior Willingboro, NJ Graduated
Ibrahima Diallo 32 F/C 6'10" 247 RS Sophomore Dakar, Senegal Transferred
C. J. Getty 50 C 7'0" 270 Senior Findlay, OH Graduated

Incoming transfersEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
Peter Kiss 32 G 6'5" 215 Sophomore New York City, NY Quinnipiac
Soufiane Mensah 44 G 6'2" 210 Junior Paris, France Marshalltown Community College

2017 recruiting classEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Geo Baker
SG
Boston, MA Proctor Academy 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jul 27, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Myles Johnson
C
Long Beach, CA Long Beach Polytechnic High School 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) May 14, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Mamadou Doucoure
C
Centereach, NY Our Savior New American School 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Dec 20, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2017 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2017-08-06.

2018 recruiting classEdit

RosterEdit

2017–18 Rutgers Scarlet Knights men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Geo Baker 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Fr Proctor Academy Derry, NH
F 1 Candido Sá 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 227 lb (103 kg) Sr Colégio Bartolomeu Dias
San Jacinto College
Lisbon, Portugal
C 2 Shaquille Doorson 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 270 lb (122 kg) RS Jr Canarias Basketball Academy Amsterdam, Netherlands
G 3 Corey Sanders 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 181 lb (82 kg) Jr Faith Baptist Christian Academy Lakeland, FL
G 5 Mike Williams 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 198 lb (90 kg) Sr Bishop Loughlin Brooklyn, NY
G 10 Jake Dadika (W) 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Sr Spotswood Milltown, NJ
F 11 Eugene Omoruyi 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 230 lb (104 kg) So Orangeville Prep Rexdale, Canada
F 13 Matt Bullock 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 260 lb (118 kg) So Roselle Catholic Elizabeth, NJ
F/C 15 Myles Johnson 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Fr Long Beach Poly Long Beach, CA
F/C 21 Mamadou Doucoure 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 243 lb (110 kg) Fr Our Savior New American School Bamako, Mali
G 22 Joey Downes (W) 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 163 lb (74 kg) So East Sandwich/Bridgton Academy East Sandwich, MA
F 24 Aaren Smith (W) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 211 lb (96 kg) So Mount Hebron/Brewster Academy Ellicott City, MD
G 32 Peter Kiss (I)   6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) So Notre Dame Prep
Qunnipiac
New York City, NY
F 33 Deshawn Freeman 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) RS Sr Rocky Mount Academy
Hutchinson CC
Rocky Mount, NC
F 35 Issa Thiam 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 190 lb (86 kg) So Canarias Basketball Academy Dakar, Senegal
G 44 Souf Mensah 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr CCI Nantes St-Nazaire
Mashalltown CC
Nantes, France
F/C 55 Luke Nathan (W) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr Randolph Randolph, NJ
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Schedule and resultsEdit

The 2018 Big Ten Tournament will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.[4] Due to the Big East's use of that venue for their conference tournament, the Big Ten Tournament will take place one week earlier than usual, ending the week before Selection Sunday.[5] This could result in teams having nearly two weeks off before the NCAA Tournament.[5]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
November 5, 2017*
1:00 pm, BTN Plus
St. John's
Disaster Relief Charity Exhibition
W 80–78 
 28  Freeman   12  Freeman   3  Baker  Louis Brown Athletic Center (1,551)
Piscataway, NJ
Regular season
November 10, 2017*
7:00 pm, BTN Plus
CCNY W 94–38  1–0
 19  Thiam   11  Thiam   4  Tied  Louis Brown Athletic Center (4,389)
Piscataway, NJ
November 12, 2017*
2:30 pm, BTN Plus
Central Connecticut
Showcase on the Banks
W 71–67  2–0
 23  Williams   7  Tied   4  Baker  Louis Brown Athletic Center (3,844)
Piscataway, NJ
November 14, 2017*
7:00 pm, BTN
Cleveland State
Showcase on the Banks
W 70–38  3–0
 14  Tied   10  Sanders   7  Baker  Louis Brown Athletic Center (3,292)
Piscataway, NJ
November 19, 2017*
12:30 pm, BTN Plus
Coppin State
Showcase on the Banks
W 64–39  4–0
 19  Omoruyi   8  Tied   3  Omoruyi  Louis Brown Athletic Center (3,514)
Piscataway, NJ
November 21, 2017*
7:00 pm, BTN Plus
Bryant W 83–54  5–0
 29  Baker   8  Omoruyi   5  Sanders  Louis Brown Athletic Center (3,044)
Piscataway, NJ
November 24, 2017*
1:00 pm, BTN Plus
East Carolina
Showcase on the Banks
W 61–47  6–0
 15  Freeman   11  Freeman   3  Sanders  Louis Brown Athletic Center (4,336)
Piscataway, NJ
November 28, 2017*
7:00 pm, ESPNU
Florida State
ACC–Big Ten Challenge
L 73–78  6–1
 22  Omoruyi   16  Freeman   5  Sanders  Louis Brown Athletic Center (4,853)
Piscataway, NJ
December 3, 2017
6:00 pm, BTN
at No. 12 Minnesota L 67–89  6–2
(0–1)
 13  Doucoure   12  Freeman   5  Sanders  Williams Arena (11,097)
Minneapolis, MN
December 5, 2017
7:00 pm, BTN
No. 3 Michigan State L 62–52  6–3
(0–2)
 13  Freeman   9  Freeman   2  Tied  Louis Brown Athletic Center (6.020)
Piscataway, NJ
December 7, 2017*
7:00 pm, BTN Plus
NJIT W 73–64  7–3
 18  Sanders   8     4  Baker  Louis Brown Athletic Center (3,732)
Piscataway, NJ
December 9, 2017*
7:00 pm, BTN Plus
Fairleigh Dickinson W 92–54  8–3
 19  Tied   9  Thiam   11  Baker  Louis Brown Athletic Center (1,869)
Piscataway, NJ
December 12, 2017*
7:00 pm, ESPNU
Fordham W 75–63  9–3
 14  Freeman   10  Freeman   5  Sanders  Louis Brown Athletic Center (3,389)
Piscataway, NJ
December 16, 2017*
12:00 pm, BTN
No. 15 Seton Hall
Garden State Hardwood Classic
W 71–65  10–3
 22  Sanders   16  Freeman   4  Baker  Louis Brown Athletic Center (8,318)
Piscataway, NJ
December 22, 2017*
7:00 pm, BTN Plus
Stony Brook L 73–75  10–4
 20  Freeman   7  Sanders   6  Baker  Louis Brown Athletic Center (4,675)
Piscataway, NJ
December 29, 2017*
7:00 pm, BTN Plus
Hartford L 58–60  10–5
 17  Sanders   7  3 tied   3  Tied  Louis Brown Athletic Center (4,632)
Piscataway, NJ
January 3, 2018
7:00 pm, BTN
at No. 13 Purdue L 51–82  10–6
(0–3)
 11  Baker   6  Doorson   3  Sanders  Mackey Arena (13,449)
West Lafayette, IN
January 5, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN2
Wisconsin W 64–60  11–6
(1–3)
 23  Sanders   5  Omoruyi   2  5 tied  Louis Brown Athletic Center (5,709)
Piscataway, NJ
January 10, 2018
7:00 pm, BTN
at No. 4 Michigan State L 72–76 OT 11–7
(1–4)
 22  Sanders   7  Doorson   4  Sanders  Breslin Center (14,797)
East Lansing, MI
January 14, 2018
7:00 pm, BTN
Ohio State L 46–68  11–8
(1–5)
 14  Baker   6  Tied   3  Sanders  Louis Brown Athletic Center (7,476)
Piscataway, NJ
January 17, 2018
7:00 pm, BTN
Iowa W 80–64  12–8
(2–5)
 18  Sanders   8  Freeman   8  Sanders  Louis Brown Athletic Center (4,002)
Piscataway, NJ
January 21, 2018
12:00 pm, BTN
at No. 23 Michigan L 47–62  12–9
(2–6)
 12  Sanders   11  Freeman   1  Freeman  Crisler Center (11,582)
Ann Arbor, MI
January 24, 2018
7:00 pm, BTN
Nebraska L 54–60  12–10
(2–7)
 14  Sanders   10  Freeman   2  Tied  Louis Brown Athletic Center (4,075)
Piscataway, NJ
January 27, 2018
4:00 pm, BTN
at Penn State L 43–60  12–11
(2–8)
 12  Thiam   8  Freeman   4  Baker  Bryce Jordan Center (13,677)
University Park, PA
January 30, 2018
7:00 pm, BTN
at Illinois L 60–91  12–12
(2–9)
 19  Baker   5  Sanders   2  Sanders  State Farm Center (12,612)
Champaign, IL
February 3, 2018
4:00 pm, BTN
No. 3 Purdue L 76–78  12–13
(2–10)
 31  Sanders   9  Freeman   3  Sanders  Louis Brown Athletic Center (8,325)
Piscataway, NJ
February 5, 2018
7:00 pm, BTN
Indiana L 43–65  12–14
(2–11)
 13  Freeman   8  Freeman   2  Tied  Louis Brown Athletic Center (4,360)
Piscataway, NJ
February 10, 2018
4:00 pm, BTN
at Nebraska L 55–67  12–15
(2–12)
 14  Sanders   9  Omoruyi   3  Baker  Pinnacle Bank Arena (15,867)
Lincoln, NE
February 13, 2018
8:00 pm, BTN
Northwestern W 67–58 OT 13–15
(3–12)
 30  Sanders   10  Omoruyi   4  Sanders  Louis Brown Athletic Center (3,827)
Piscataway, NJ
February 17, 2018
8:00 pm, BTN
at Maryland L 51–61  13–16
(3–13)
 11  Omoruyi   10  Freeman   2  2 tied  Xfinity Center (15,587)
College Park, MD
February 20, 2018
7:00 pm, BTN
at No. 16 Ohio State L 52–79  13–17
(3–14)
 12  Sanders   6  Thiam   2  4 tied  Value City Arena (15,620)
Columbus, OH
February 25, 2018
3:00 pm, BTN
Illinois L 62–75  13–18
(3–15)
 18  Sanders   6  Sanders   4  Sanders  Louis Brown Athletic Center (7,017)
Piscataway, NJ
Big Ten Tournament
February 28, 2018
8:00 pm, BTN
(14) vs. (11) Minnesota
First round
W 65–54  14–18
 23  Sanders   11  Freeman   2  Sanders  Madison Square Garden (14,681)
New York City, NY
March 1, 2018
9:00 pm, BTN
(14) vs. (6) Indiana
Second round
W 76–69  15–18
 28  Sanders   8  Freeman   3  Sanders  Madison Square Garden (13,992)
New York City, NY
March 2, 2018
9:00 pm, BTN
(14) vs. (3) No. 10 Purdue
Quarterfinals
L 75–82  15–19
 25  Baker   8  Williams   4  Sanders  Madison Square Garden 
New York City, NY
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rutgers vs. Ohio State - Game Recap - March 8, 2017 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-03-09.
  2. ^ "Big Ten Tournament run ends for Rutgers as Northwestern rolls 83-61 | Rapid Reaction". NJ.com. Retrieved 2017-08-11.
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