“It’s a whole lot of things involved when Wisconsin comes in,” said head coach Eddie Jordan. “Obviously we have to be prepared. I’ve watched a few of their games already, especially the one against Penn State. They just play basketball. They’ve got good size, great skill players. It’s just our environment and our players that’s going to be important to us. That’s why we’re in the Big Ten.”
Rutgers fans packed it in Saturday against Penn State, and Jordan hopes for the same Sunday against the Badgers (14-1, 2-0). He joked that special facility changes awaited the No. 4 team in the country.
“I think we’re going to give them a cold locker room, cold showers and … No, look. It’s going to be tough,” Jordan said. “It’s going to be a wonderful atmosphere, I would hope and I would think here at the RAC. When I was coaching here with Bob Wenzel, we’ve had some top two or three teams in the country come in here and the fans love it. We packed it in. They’re loud.”
Before Wisconsin, Rutgers (9-6, 1-1) travels to Nebraska (8-5, 0-1) for its first road game in Big Ten conference play.
“I certainly won’t tell them it’s tough because they’re going to believe it,” Jordan said on Big Ten road games. “I’ll tell them we’re going to have some fun competing, working hard. It’s going to be a wonderful basketball environment. It’s going to be an environment we all look forward to playing in.”
“I like where we are,” Jordan said. “I like our progression. I like our improvements at the defensive end. We are, as another coach would put it, offensively challenged most games. For the most part, our defense has held us to pretty good position where we can compete and be in games.”