For the first time since 2004, three New Jersey teams are going to dance.
Rutgers, Seton Hall and St. Peter’s received applications for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament on Sunday night.
Rutgers (18-13) made his way into the field at number 11 seed in the Western Region. As part of the “First Four”, Rutgers will meet with Notre Dame at number 11 (22-10) in Dayton, Ohio, on Wednesday. The winner goes to the first round, where on Friday in San Diego will play at number 6 from Alabama (19-13).
The Scarlet Knights ranked fourth in the Big Ten, but have been one of the most discussed teams lately.
Their rating of № 77 NET is the lowest among any team that has qualified since the launch of the NET formula in 2018. But they made up for the heavy losses in November from Lafayette and Massachusetts with six Quad 1 victories, including four straight rivals in the top 25 AP. during February.
This is Rutgers ’second straight choice under head coach Steve Pickle after a 30-year drought. Last year, the Scarlet Knights defeated Clemson in the first round and then lost to Houston in the 1/8 finals.
Three players from this team who are now starting to get older – Geo Baker, Ron Harper Jr. and top defensive player of the year Caleb McConnell – will get another crack in March Madness.
Setan Hall (21-10) is for the fifth time in his last six tournaments under head coach Kevin Willard. This is the 14th performance of the program as a whole.
The Pirates are the number 8 seed in the southern region and will meet the number 8 seed TCU (20-12) on Friday in San Diego.
St. Peters (19-11) received an automatic bet from the MAAC, defeating Manmouth (21-13) on Saturday and winning the conference tournament.
Peacocks are the No. 15 seed in the Eastern Region and will meet the No. 2 Kentucky Seed (26-7) on Thursday in Indianapolis. This is the fourth appearance of the Jersey City NCAA School (1991, 1995 and 2011).
Princeton (23-6) missed out on an application for the Ivy League, losing Sunday in the final to Yale (19-11). For the first time since 1991, the Tigers could become New Jersey’s four teams in the NCAA, but instead they will play for the NIT.
The rider (14-19) also had an outside chance to qualify until the Bronx outsider series ended in the MAAC semifinals on Friday night against Manmouth.