The 2022-23 schedule for Rutgers men’s basketball was released today. The slate will kick off on November 7 at home against Columbia and features 18 games at Jersey Mike’s Arena on Livingston campus, 13 games on the road, nine Big Ten home games and one game at Madison Square Garden.
The full schedule release video from the program can be found here.
After three home games against non-conference opponents to start the year, the Scarlet Knights will hit the road for the first time on Nov. 18 when they play Temple at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Twelve days and two more home games later, Rutgers will travel to face Miami in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.
The Big Ten schedule will kick off on December 3 when the Knights host Indiana, a team that is favored to finish atop the conference this season. The second and final Big Ten game before Christmas will be on the road against Ohio State, followed by the Garden State Hardwood Classic against Seton Hall on December 11.
The conference schedule will pick back up after the New Year for a January slate which will see four home games played at Jersey Mike’s Arena. Two notable home opponents are Iowa and the Buckeyes, both of which Rutgers defeated in thrilling fashion at home last season.
February will get off to a tough start for the Knights. To start the month, Rutgers will be playing three teams that are picked to finish near the top of the Big Ten next season. The program’s game against Michigan State on Feb. 4, 2023, is the game that will be played at Madison Square Garden.
In total, the Knights will play 6 of their final 9 games away from Jersey Mike’s Arena. Despite this, they will host their final game of the season on March 5, 2023, against Northwestern after a two-game end-of-season road trip against Penn State and Minnesota.
“Our squad will be tested throughout this schedule, as we compete both in nonconference play and throughout a 20-game conference slate,” said head coach Steve Pikiell. “We will have numerous challenges throughout conference play in a league that features some of the top players and coaches in the country … It's going to be an exceptional season, and I can't wait to get started.”
Rutgers faces the significant challenge this year of replacing Geo Baker and Ron Harper Jr., two players who were not just the cornerstones of the Knights’ offense, but also cornerstones of the program’s rise under Pikiell. That said, the program returns familiar faces across the roster and did not lose a single player to the transfer portal.
With Harper and Baker gone, junior center Clifford Omoruyi figures to be a main focal point in the offense. Alongside Omoruyi will be senior guard Paul Mulcahy, recent transfer and senior guard Cam Spencer and fifth-year senior guard Caleb McConnell, who will look to maintain his position as the Big Ten’s top defender.
Rutgers has the chance to return to the NCAA Tournament for a third consecutive season, a feat that has never been accomplished in the history of the program. This season will be a transition year for Pikiell, who now enters his seventh season on the Banks.
"I'm very excited to play another challenging schedule in the best conference in the nation and welcome the opportunity for our great fans to continue to pack Jersey Mike's Arena,” Pikiell said. “Last season, we broke records in season tickets sold and sellouts at home, and we look forward to doing it again during the 2022-23 season thanks to our great fans.”
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