After the series was in danger of ending after last season’s game was canceled and the two schools would not be on the same page, Rutgers and Seton Hall agreed to resume their long-standing rivalry next season. .
Rutgers will play the Garden State Hardwood Classic at Seton Hall on Sunday, December 12 at the Prudential Center in Newark. This will be the 72nd meeting in the series dating back to 1916. Jerry Carino broken the good news ahead of Rutgers’ official announcement on Tuesday afternoon.
Thank AD Rutgers Pat Hobbs and Head Coach Steve Pikiell for finding a way to continue what I consider to be one of college basketball’s best rivalries. They valued the big picture. I made my passionate plea for him to continue here. Finding a resolution maintains a high-profile non-conference game Rutgers needs for years to come. However, more importantly, this game just means more and parting with it would have been awful. Keeping that rivalry alive, which produced two of the greatest victories of the Pikiell era, is also important for New Jersey basketball.
As for the rest of the program outside the conference, it has already been reported by Jon rothstein that Rutgers are also expected to play UMASS, Rider, Lehigh and Merrimack next season. Of course, we know they will be competing in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge as well and are rotating this season to compete in the Gavitt Games against the Big East.
To learn more about the previously announced Big Ten program and some takeaways, click here and here.