This time, a 71-51 home loss to unranked Michigan State, Rutgers led MSU break off a 20-2 run to start the second half and it was all over after that.
“We’ve got to buy back in,” Daniels said. “I don’t know what it’s been these last two games, but we haven’t been clicking right – effort-wise, execution-wise. We’ve got to go back to the team we were when we beat Wisconsin.
Michigan State attacked Rutgers star Myles Mack early, and the Scarlet Knights looked lost without their top scorer. Mack, with ice on his knee after the loss, scored a Big Ten low seven points on 2-of-10 shooting in 30 minutes.
Mack’s lack of impact was the difference-maker compared to his body of work, said Michigan State coach Tom Izzo.
“I’ve never seen the league so strange from our standpoint and a lot of other teams,” Izzo said. “I think Eddie [Jordan] has done a great job with this team. First time in the league, it’s hard to do that. Tonight they didn’t play good. For us against Nebraska last week, we didn’t play good. You can’t sugarcoat it any other way. That’s not the team that I watched on tape.”
Jordan, now at 10-12 in his second season, said that the effort is there, but the talent is not where it needs to be against the likes of Michigan State.
“We want to compete with composure and class and integrity and give great effort," Jordan said. "Our effort is pretty much there every night. We just have to get the talent level up as we move along."
Jordan discussed the loss and struggles after the game.
Izzo spoke well of Rutgers despite the loss, and praise Jordan for his early impact with the program.