Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
PISCATAWAY, N.J.—Steve Pikiell vividly recalls his Rutgers head coaching debut. The thing is, he’s one of very few.
For a program that most recently made the NCAA Tournament in 1991 and last registered a winning season in 2005-06, any semblance of quantitative progress represents an upward trajectory.
Even in the attendance department.
Pikiell estimates that 1,800 fans were on-hand for Rutgers’ win over Molloy on November 11, 2016. The turnout was embarrassingly low. Expectations were lower still for the Scarlet Knights under Pikiell, the latest to be tasked with one of the more massive rebuilding jobs at the Division-1 level.