That's already one more than the Scarlet Knights had in 2004-05.
Perhaps no team in the league needed a strong start more than Gary Waters' crew. With the ugliness that occurred last season, including rumors that then-sophomore shooting guard Quincy Douby was unhappy with the program and would transfer, Rutgers was desperate for a shot of optimism.
Beating the local rival to begin conference play was a badly needed start. Seton Hall isn't going anywhere this season and is one of the few teams the Scarlet Knights can match up with in raw talent.
The schedule gets harder from now on, but based on the early returns from the Rutgers freshmen, at least the fans have returned. The Seton Hall game was the first sellout of the season.
Notes and Quotes
--Coach Gary Waters was concerned about how his freshmen would respond in their Big East opener against Seton Hall. He needn't have worried. J.R. Inman, Anthony Farmer and Jaron Griffin combined for 35 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and five blocks in the Scarlet Knights 82-78 victory.
--G Quincy Douby is the Big East's leading scorer and a consistent threat for the Scarlet Knights. He's scored more than 20 or more points in 10 of the past 11 games.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "They played well for freshmen. Not only for freshmen, but for players, period." -- Seton Hall senior guard Donald Copeland, on the performance of the Rutgers newcomers in the Scarlet Knights' 82-78 victory, in the Newark Star-Ledger.
Rutgers 82, Seton Hall 78
vs. Villanova, Wednesday, Jan. 11
at DePaul, Sunday, Jan. 15
vs. Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Jan. 18
at Cincinnati, Sunday, Jan. 22
KEYS: So far, so good for the Scarlet Knights ... but the schedule gets a lot tougher with a home game against an angry Villanova squad and a road tilt at tough DePaul. Someone besides Quincy Douby will need to help carry the scoring load to have any chance at beating the Wildcats, and taking advantage of every possession will be critical against a DePaul squad that's relentless on the defensive end.
--F Adrian Hill had his best game of the season against Seton Hall, with 10 points, four rebounds and one assist in 17 minutes. He's still working his way back into the swing of things following a pair of knee surgeries.
--G Anthony Farmer had no problems in his first Big East game, setting a career high with 17 points against Seton Hall.