Terrence Samuel

College Basketball Insider: Rutgers Off To Strong Start Under Pikiell

Rutgers turned to a Connecticut guy to turn around its men's basketball misfortunes, and all Steve Pikiell has done is respond by leading the Scarlet Knights to a 5-0 start, the program's best start since the 2000-01 season.

The Scarlet Knights haven't been to the NCAA Tournament since 1991, but that's not a conversation for right now. No, there's work to be done at Rutgers, namely building a foundation for long-term success. The Scarlet Knights were 7-25 overall and 1-17 in Big Ten play last year.

There's nothing yet to say the Scarlet Knights' overall record will be dramatically different at the end of the season, but things do look promising. There's a difference in the...