ISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell said the "schedule gods blessed us" by having his Scarlet Knights open Big Ten play by facing two ranked teams in three days.
Rutgers (6-2, 0-1 Big Ten) dropped an 89-67 decision at No. 14 Minnesota on Sunday and faces No. 3 Michigan State (7-1, 1-0) on Tuesday at the Rutgers Athletic Center.
The early two-game start to conference play is due to the Big Ten tournament being moved up a week so it can be held at Madison Square Garden in New York.
"It's a great opportunity to play the best team at home," Pikiell admitted. "You look at the schedule as it comes and try to play your best basketball. Those are the things you can control. >> Read more
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