Rutgers has at last become a team that has each member adapting well to their roles, playing well together as a team, and suddenly playing with desire and a will to win. The defense remains relentless, but it is at the offensive end where the greatest transformation has been made, in large part by playing with rhythm and confidence. The Knights have become an exciting team to watch, with wonderful ball handling skills, quick decisions, and precision passes, all resulting in better shot choices and much more competitive games.
#5 G - Earl Clark (6'8" 220), 10.7ppg
#34 G - Jerry Smith (6'1" 200), 11.3ppg and a 3pt threat
#1 F - Terrance Williams (6'6" 210), 11.3ppg and a 3pt threat
#32 F - Derrick Caracter (6'9" 260), 10.2ppg
#4 C - David Padgett (6'11"0, 10.6ppg
It is not an easy task to defeat a team twice in the same year, especially one that merely showed flashes of what they would become later during the season. Coaches can push you, warn you and prepare you, but in the back of a player's mind sits the fact that they had won handily by 15 points just weeks ago. Youth can betray them, and lead them toward a tendency to be a bit overconfident, which could certainly be an ally for a renewed and refreshed Rutgers basketball contingent.
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