Published: Sat, March 03, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Rutgers rallies from 16 down to top IN in Big Ten Tournament

Rutgers rallies from 16 down to top IN in Big Ten Tournament

The Boilermakers are ranked No. 8 in the country in the latest AP Top 25 poll and the Scarlet Knights are unranked.

To earn another 40 minutes beyond Friday's quarterfinals, Rutgers will likely need Sanders to play at a superstar level for a third night in a row. Rutgers had won two previous Big Ten Tournament games, but both against No. 11 seeds.

A lot of people laugh at the thought of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, being New York's Big Ten team but it has certainly felt that way the last two nights at the Garden.

The Hoosiers (16-15) made only 36 percent of their field goals and 26 percent of their 3-point attempts and never had a lead in the second half despite dominating the first 10 minutes of the game.

· A tough ending for IU's senior guards: This was not the ending that Josh Newkirk and Robert Johnson envisioned for their IU careers. "This is March Madness, man". Rutgers accomplished the feat by defeating No. 11-seeded Minnesota on Wednesday and then No. 6-seeded IN on Thursday.

It was a stunning collapse by IN considering how the game started; after 10 minutes it looked like it would be a Hoosiers rout, as they built a 24-8 lead. He had two dunks in that run as the second gave the Scarlet Knights a 69-63 lead with 45 seconds and generally lifted them to the point where they could reach the quarterfinals. "Geo Baker, coming off the flu, had great minutes, too".

"Corey was playing really good one-on-one basketball, " Minnesota coach Richard Pitino said after Sanders went off for 23 points on 9-fo-20 shooting.

Sanders had 23 points in a victory against Minnesota on Wednesday night. The last time Rutgers won three conference tournament games was 1989 in the Atlantic 10.

"I think he has something to prove here", Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell said.

The Hoosiers raced out to a 24-8 lead, getting to the basket easily.

IN was 19 for 53 from the field and had one field goal in the first 11 minutes of the second half.

Rutgers is a 14 seed and looking for major upset, so I say we introduce Sara and get behind the underdogs. "Because if we were getting stops we would have got out and our offense would have been flourishing, but we didn't get those". The Scarlet Knights closed with a 17-2 run and led 29-28 at halftime.

That may indeed be the case, but earlier this season, the Scarlet Knights played the Boilermakers twice and in the second matchup, the final score was 78-76, in favor of Purdue.

"I think it just comes down to us not getting enough stops", said Juwan Morgan, who led IN with 15 points and nine rebounds.

Sure, Rutgers was in the NY media market, but did the Scarlet Knights really move the needle in a city dominated by pro sports?

In the aftermath of another quick IN exit IN the Big Ten Tournament IU coach Archie Miller was asked late Thursday if he thought the season had just ended or if his basketball team would receive an invitation IN 10 days to play IN the NIT. Purdue vs Rutgers live stream is on BTN stream.

Indiana: Coach Archie Miller's first season in Bloomington figured to be rocky, but losing to Rutgers and missing a chance to play Purdue in the Big Ten tournament for just the second time stings. Rutgers lost 78-76 at home against the Boilermakers on February 3.

Indiana: The Hoosiers lost to just about every good team they played this season, but could still squeeze into the NIT. Once we got the lead we did a really good job of keeping it.

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