"I don't want to overstate this at all but we were picked 10th in the league," Cox said to ScarletReport.com before the start of the season. "Without making any bold or rash predictions, but I would like to assure you that we aren't a 10th place team. We have enough talent and enough depth, and we have an outstanding coach with a vision and a plan for this team."
Falling short of its goal of a first-round bye, Rutgers will see South Florida, UCF or Temple in the first round March 12. The on-court product was inconsistent in Piscataway, but coach Eddie Jordan exceeded national expectations by avoiding a last-place finish in the conference. Rutgers split the regular-season matchups with UCF and Temple by winning at home and losing on the road. South Florida was the lone team in the American with two losses to Rutgers.
The Scarlet Knights posted the preseason rankings in their locker room for daily motivation, and will look for a strong finish to the regular season starting tonight against Connecticut.