After three straight losses, Rutgers men's basketball got a big one on Tuesday night with a 74-64 home win over Clemson. It was a strong win for the Scarlet Knights, the most impressive of the year given that Clemson made the NCAA Tournament last season.
(And, coincidentally, lost in the first round to…Rutgers).
Clemson is now 5-3 on the year following the loss. They were picked to finish eleventh in the ACC preseason poll conducted by the media.
So, given Rutgers slower than expected start, the Scarlet Knights had the right to bust out a little bit and enjoy the win. Especially with a tough slate of games coming up for the Big Ten program.
Head coach Steve Pikiell joined in on the victory celebration, perhaps even kickstarting it:
On Friday, Rutgers plays at a very good Illinois team before games next week against No. 2 Purdue at Jersey Mike's Arena and then at No. 25 Seton Hall.