And wouldn’t you know it?
His first encounter there as a head coach will come against North Carolina, the 2009 NCAA champions and one of the most storied programs ever.
“It’s a privilege to coach at the Mecca of college basketball,” Rice said Monday. “And to do it against one of the best college coaches is an honor.”
Rutgers (9-2) takes a six-game winning streak into Tuesday’s tilt with Roy Williams and North Carolina (8-4) at the Garden (9 p.m., ESPN2).