Guard Nigel Johnson saw plenty of bench performances at the Verizon Center as a kid in nearby Ashburn, Va. The son of a Washington Redskin, Johnson added his name to a list of strong college performances in the nation's capital this season.
More importantly, Johnson's 21 points in 22 minutes led Rutgers to its first Big Ten win in conference history.
"It means a lot to be able to show out for [my family] but even more important to get our first Big Ten win in tournament history for Rutgers," Johnson said. "It's a good way to get that first win in a new conference."
Johnson hit a trio of three-pointers, including a late dagger that sent Ohio State home in round one for the first time under Thad Matta.
"It's definitely a new season," Johnson said. "In the playoffs, everybody has a new record. As we see in every March Madness every year, anybody can be beat. We see the biggest teams getting upset. Like we always say, 'why not us"?"