On paper, it looks like another NCAA conference tournament game, and not a very important one at that.
Rutgers, the 13th-ranked team in the Big East, beat 12th-ranked Seton Hall in a first-round game in the conference tournament Tuesday in New York.
But with more than a hundred games still to be played during March Madness, it’s quite possible that no win will be more inspiring that the Scarlet Knights' 76-70 overtime victory.
As Steve Politi reports in Wednesday’s Newark Star-Ledger, Rutgers is inspired by Brayden Carr, the 2½-year-old son of Rutgers assistant coach Jim Carr, who has been battling epilepsy since he was 6 months old and lies in the hospital less than a mile from where the tournament is being played in Madison Square Garden.
And Tara Sullivan from the Bergen Record reports on how Jim Carr spoke to the team Tuesday about Brayden and the value of every second, on the basketball court and in life.
Carr and Rutgers play again Wednesday afternoon against heavily favored St. John’s.