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Rutgers fans are excited and optimistic after the Scarlet Knights beat Clemson Tigers in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament – CBS New York


NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ (CBSNewYork)March Madness on Friday, bringing a lot of excitement to New Jersey.

Rutgers fans waited a long time. The Knight Scarlet played in the tournament for the first time in three decades, and they won.

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Rutgers The alumni gather at Redd’s Biergarten in New Brunswick a few hours before their group went to court on Friday night.

“I’m so excited, 9:20, I can’t wait anymore,” said former student Duncan Robinson. “We got here early so we could skip the row and really get a table.”

“We’re all vaccinated here, all six of us, so you know, I’m glad to be here,” said former student Justin Miklacki.

Happy they got their shots and the Rutgers basketball team got their shots in NCAA tournament for the first time in 30 years.

“I think it’s the most amazing thing that has ever happened to the school in history,” said former student Anthony Dierna.

Early arrivals predicted the outcome of the match.

“Rutgers is a basketball school, I said this… At least Rutgers is going to Sweet 16, and we won’t stop there,” said Miklacki.

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Scarlet Knights calls this a two-year journey after the end of last season’s season before COVID caused the cancellation of the 2020 tournament.

“It was difficult, but we were back. We are back strong, having a good track record this year, ”said Dierna.

Fans started the night in hopes of a victory for the team – and local restaurants.

Matthew Poznick, owner of Stuff Yer Face, said: “Although it’s spring break, I think a lot of people will come out and support Rutgers basketball.

Ironically, on the same day of the big game, New Jersey increased restaurant capacity by 50%, opening more seats at Redd’s.

“Fifty percent is very big for us. That’s 122 people, so we’re looking to pack the place with all of those people. Keep everything separate, keep everyone apart and everyone have a good time supporting Rutgers, ”said Bryan Palsi, of Redd’s Biergarten.

And only the outcome they were hoping for – Rutgers beat Clemson 60-56.

“I was overreacted! We just won the first match of the tournament! This is huge! ”Said one fan.

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As you can imagine, the fans are looking forward to the next match.

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