Sunday afternoon Rutgers pulled off one of the biggest wins in program history, coming back from a 12-point halftime deficit to beat No. 4 Wisconsin 67-62 in Piscataway. Prior to Sunday, the highest-ranked team beaten by a Scarlet Knight squad was No. 6 West Virginia, with that game being played all the way back in 1982.
Following the game head coach Eddie Jordan addressed the media, and during the press conference broke down in tears while expressing what the game meant. These have been a tough couple of years for the Rutgers basketball program, even with their joining the Big Ten.
There was the player abuse scandal that ultimately led to the firing of former head coach Mike Rice and the resignation of former AD Tim Pernetti, and it was learned that Jordan hadn’t (at the time) completed his bachelor’s degree shortly after being hired to replace Rice.
Since Jordan took over the process has been a tough one, with the Scarlet Knights going 12-21 in their lone season as a member of the American Athletic Conference. Rutgers (10-7, 2-2 Big Ten) is now just two wins away from matching last year’s win total. Given everything that’s occurred within the program over the last year-plus, it’s understandable that Jordan (who was a member of the program’s lone Final Four team in 1976) would be so emotional when discussing this victory.
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