PISCATAWAY, N.J. — College basketball games are 40 minutes in length, and on Sunday against the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights needed every minute to come away victorious.
Rutgers opened their season with a 94-38 win over the CCNY Beavers on Friday, and they did so without Mike Williams. With Williams back in the lineup, they were looking to move to 2-0 in the early stages of 2017-18.
The Blue Devils came into Sunday on the heels of a one-point loss to the Hartford Hawks in their opener, a game in which freshman guard Tyler Kohl emerged as a potential go-to guy on offense for coach Donyell Marshall. They were looking to notch their first win on the year, and they took the fight to Rutgers from the opening tip and didn’t make things easy.
Central Connecticut State led for most of the first half, but Rutgers fought their way back and took a slim one-point lead into the break.
A back-and-forth second half ultimately led to the Scarlet Knights opening up a double-digit lead, only to see the Blue Devils come back and make Rutgers work to the final buzzer to secure the win.
With the exhibition season in full swing, and coming to a close early this week, that can mean only one thing.
The 2016-17 college basketball regular season is just around the corner!
Things get underway Friday, November 11th at Noon EST with the first regular season game of the season, and there will be a plethora of talent on display across all 32 conferences all season long.
Before the season gets started, we decided to hand out some preseason hardware, in the form of our Conference Player of the Year award and All-Conference Teams.
Along with that, we have the College Court Report All-Americans, and the Mid-Major Player of the Year Preseason Watch List. Links to all of the conference awards and the Watch List can be found at the bottom of each article.