Rutgers basketball is heading to the NIT, which is not a bad thing. But New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is among those surprised that Rutgers is not heading to the NCAA Tournament.
Murphy, an avid sports fan who is part of the NWSL team Gotham FC, tweeted Monday his reasons why Rutgers basketball should have made it to the NCAA Tournament. He cites the KenPom rankings as well as the Scarlet Knights’ success in defeating then number 1 Purdue on the road earlier this season.
Murphy’s points certainly are something that can unite the state on both sides of the political aisle. Except for those who went to college in a rival Big Ten program and now reside in New Jersey.
Or they are fans of Seton Hall.
Murphy posted his tweet on Monday following the bad news on ‘Selection Sunday’ that Rutgers was missing out on the NCAA Tournament. Rutgers had made back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and was looking to book a third straight appearance for the first time in program history.
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Rutgers finished the season 18-13 (10-10 Big Ten) and at No. 40 in the NET Rankings. They went 4-7 against the Quad 1 teams and 6-3 against the Quad 2 teams.
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Their NET ranking was better than several teams that entered the NCAA Tournament, including North Carolina State, Providence, and Mississippi State. Quad 1 wins for Rutgers were on par, if not better, than those three teams.
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The story originally appeared on Rutgers Wire