Rutgers Media Basketball Diary: 5 Ready Meals as the 2022-23 Season Approaches

October is a time of optimism in the world of college basketball.

In Piscataway, after a historic run that included back-to-back rounds to the NCAA Championship, it’s overflowing.

Entering the seventh season of coach Steve Bikel’s tenure, a tape in Rutgers Back to the madness of March. The The Scarlet Knights She aims to return for the third consecutive season for the first time in the program’s history.

“We’ve come a long way,” coach Steve Bikel said on his team’s local media day on Friday. “My players expect that. Our goal is to go back for the first time in the history of the school… I think there is that expectation about the staff and our fans.”

Judging by ticket sales, that optimism is sure to permeate the fan base.

The Scarlet Knights announced Friday that they have sold out three games so far this winter: their annual rivalry match against Seton Hall, their Big Ten match against Indiana and their home game against Michigan. The program has already set a season ticket sales record (5,093 as of Sept. 8) and is on track to surpass that number for the 2022-23 season, giving them a good chance of overtaking the program’s record of 15 sales they recently set over the winter.

“We expect every game to be sold out entirely,” Bikel said.

Here are four other things discussed on Friday Media:

injury report

Two players did not participate in Friday’s 90-minute training due to injuries that Bikel referred to as a “pinch”: a senior goalkeeper Caleb McConnell (knee) and real new student Antonio Chol (ankle).

McConnell wasn’t on Mike’s jersey, while Chul was working along on an exercise bike. Cheol was confident that he would be back in a day or so.

“They see doctors and do rehab and all that stuff,” Bickel said. “We hope to have them back soon.”

Bickel added that sophomore Galen Miller (knee) and young striker Dean Reaper (foot) recently returned to training after missing off-season time due to injury. Friday was Reaper’s first practice since she was hurt. Both have said they will be back to full health, or close to it, by the season opener next month.

“I feel really good physically,” Reaper said. “When I got injured, I was still working out. I like to bike 16 miles during training. Honestly, it’s hard to run up and down (court), because you still do a lot of miles, but I kept fit. Coming back (Friday) felt great” .

charity exhibition

A week before the season officially begins, Rutgers will host Fairfield Charity exhibition at Jersey Mike’s Arena in partnership with Eric LeGrand. Besides supporting a good cause, Bikel believes the game can benefit his team entering the campaign.

“We’ve been playing closed-door squabbles for the past few years, so I thought it was time to turn the lights on before the season started,” Bikel said. “All of these guys have a chance to play in front of a local crowd, and some guys have a chance. Two fights closed, nobody in the gym, so it’s a different environment. I hope the environment helps them in the first game when we start, especially our guys and all those guys who didn’t play here. “.

player continuity

Pikiell has proudly described several times this week, both on Friday and at Big Ten Media Days, that the Rutgers are one of 10 programs that haven’t had a player enter the transfer gate this offseason, an increasingly rare feat in the modern era of college basketball. Hope it becomes a recurring topic.

“I was just happy, all the guys feel appreciated and stayed,” he said on Friday. “I think retaining, and going forward, is going to be really important. You want to take over the programs and your freshman becomes your sophomore, your sophomores become your juniors, your juniors become your seniors. Now, that’s not the case in a lot of places. I am grateful that These guys, in our place, are getting a year older. … This will be a difficult thing to go on. It is no longer the case, but I would like to keep it that way here at Rutgers if we can.”

same staff

Bikel brought his entire coaching staff back from last season, but they haven’t kept him as important as assistant coach Brendan Knight. Amidst interest from other schools, knight Extended and massive pay increase To stay at Piscataway for the seventh consecutive season.

Assistant coach Karl Hobbs, who is also entering his seventh season alongside Bickel at Rutgers, too got an extension After receiving interest from La Salle for his head coach’s off-season opening.

“They all deserve big bonuses,” Bickel said. “The biggest part of my staff is that they’ve all been offered jobs, and they’ve all been given opportunities to leave and go elsewhere. I love these guys, I want them to stay here forever. The biggest part is that they’re in a situation now where people look at our show as If only they could hire these guys, which is a compliment to the hard work our players have done to put them in those positions. I’m grateful (Nate) is back. He’ll have chances, Carl’s going, TJ Thompson was lights out, like everyone else.”

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