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What a way for the Rutgers women's basketball team to enter the Big Ten!

Posted 4/5/2014 5:45:00 PM

      A Rutgers University sports team hadn't won a national championship in 32 years...until Saturday afternoon.  That's when the Scarlet Knight women's basketball team captured the WNIT title in its first appearance in the tournament, winning at UTEP 56-54 on freshman point guard Tyler Scaife's runner with two-seconds left in a game played in Texas, El Paso and heard on the new talk radio, 1450 WCTC and, the Voice of the Scarlet Knights.  So, congratulations to Hall of Fame head coach Vivian Stringer and her young RU team on winning the university's first team sports title since 1982 when Theresa Grentz and her Scarlet Knights' women's basketball team knocked off Texas in the AIAW national championship game at the Palestra in Philadelphia.  What a way for Stringer and Company to enter the Big Ten next season!  After a couple of seasons of irrelevancy, the Scarlet Knights have ...

Congratulations to a Central Jersey high school basketball team for the ages

Posted 3/25/2014 11:04:00 AM

     Congrats to the St. Joseph of Metuchen High School basketball team for winning the Tournament of Champions with a 49-47 win over Newark Eastside in Trenton Monday night, heard on the new talk radio, 1450 WCTC and, the Voice of the Central Jersey Sports.  Calling the exciting play-by-play of that game is my WCTC colleague Mike Pavlichko...and I hand off the rest of this entry to Mike, who followed the Falcons the entire season.

     Bruce, thanks... and boy what a ride it has been for the Falcons.  What an impressive resume. 
     Five straight GMC Tournament titles, a record.   Three straight Non-Public South A and overall Group A championships.  And now, a Tournament of Champions crown to go on top.
     The groundwork was laid back in 2010, in that first GMC Final win in the recent streak, with stars like Steve Rennard and Andrew Morgan and ...

An embarrassment of epic proportion

Posted 3/13/2014 11:24:00 PM

     It was totally should not be tolerated one bit...and Rutgers basketball coach Eddie Jordan should be put on notice by Athletic Director Julie Hermann that this should never happen again under his leadership.  Jordan's Scarlet Knights lost to Louisville 92-31 Thursday afternoon in the American Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinals in Memphis, heard on WCTC...a 6-point loss that is the worst at Rutgers since the first year of the program in 1907 when the Knights lost to Lehigh by 65 points.  It makes last month's 48-point loss at Louisville look like a close game.  So, Jordan finishes his first season at his alma mater at 12-21 and at rock bottom...having to carry the weight of a 61-point los into the Big Ten next season when Rutgers will automatically become the worst team in that league, for possibly many years to come.  The honeymoon already is over for Jordan. ...

Eddie Jordan must feel like a bobblehead, watching opponents blow by his defenseless team

Posted 2/20/2014 11:47:00 AM

     The embattled Rutgers basketball team is home Thursday night to number-22 Memphis in an American Athletic Conference game which you can hear on WCTC beginning with the pre-game show at 6:30.  AND, it's Eddie Jordan bobblehead night.  However, the head only moves from left to right as if Jordan is shaking is head at how bad his team is.  The Scarlet Knights lost by 48 points Sunday at Louisville and lost at Memphis earlier this month by 32 points.


Remembering Keith Hughes

Posted 2/9/2014 9:25:00 AM

     He was the greatest Middlesex County basketball player that I saw during my years as a WCTC high school play-by-play man in the 1980's.  And he was the best all-around Rutgers player during my 20-plus year tenure as the Scarlet Knight announcer.  He's Keith Hughes and we mourn his death this weekend.  Hughes died in his sleep at the age of 45, obviously way too young.  But he left a strong basketball legacy.  Hughes was a 6-7 stud who was extremely tough to cover.  He was too quick for bigger players and too strong for smaller players.  Hughes was a McDonald's All-American in 1986 after being named the New Jersey Player of the Year at Carteret High School.  He then played for Jim Boeheim at Syracuse University as a key reserve on the Orangemen's national runner-up team in 1987.  After a second year as a reserve, Hughes transferrred ...

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