Rutgers hasn’t been to the NCAA Tournament since 1991, but the Scarlet Knights’ decision to join the Big Ten on Tuesday should greatly enhance their chances of returning to the bracket.
It’s tough not to feel for Providence coach Ed Cooley this week. The Friars built palpable momentum on the recruiting trail in the past year by landing Top 30 talents in Ricky Ledo and Kris Dunn and now neither will play to start next season.
Entering their second season under the stewardship of Ed Cooley, Providence is deeper, hungrier, and more skilled than they’ve been in years.
Burly yet exceptionally skilled 6-foot-5, Rakim Sanders should be a major threat to Iona’s Mike Glover for MAAC Player of the Year honors.