The Rutgers men's basketball team played in the Final Four in the 1976 NCAA Tournament and ended the 1976 season ranked fourth in the nation, after an 86–70 loss against the Michigan Wolverines in the semifinal round and a 106–92 loss to the UCLA Bruins in the tournament's third-place consolation game. This was the last men's Division I tournament to date to feature two unbeaten teams, as both Indiana, who won that year's title, and Rutgers entered the tournament unbeaten. Rutgers went 31–0 during the regular season.
The Scarlet Knights also played the Michigan Wolverines in the 2004 NIT Final which resulted in a Rutgers loss. In 2005–06 Quincy Douby set a Rutgers single season record by scoring 839 points. He left after his junior year to enter the NBA Draft.
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