Hoosiers fall to Rutgers in Big Ten Tournament
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 03, 2018,
Mar 03, 2018, 10:16
Baker stopped the bleeding with a 3-pointer, and Rutgers crawled back over the next nine minutes.
The Boilermakers are the No. 3-seed in the Big Ten Tournament and received a double bye to start, while the Scarlet Knights are the No. 14-seed and had to defeat No. 11-seeded Minnesota and No. 6-seeded in to get to the third round.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights will play the Purdue Boilermakers in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals on Friday, start time at 8:55 PM ET, at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY.
IN senior guard Robert Johnson said familiarity - especially recent familiarity - can't hurt. "Rutgers Nation was out tonight". Pikiell joked. But when asked which he enjoyed more, that game or Corey Sanders' 23-point performance that moved the 14th-seeded Scarlet Knights (14-18) into Thursday night's game against No. 6 IN, he turned serious. He had 31 against Purdue and 30 against Northwestern.
Her humility is genuine, but make no mistake: The Washington area's 2015-16 All-Met Player of the Year has always been the backbone of this Maryland team, which she willed to a 67-54 win over No. 7 seed IN in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals on Friday with a team-high 24 points. Last season, the Scarlet Knights defeated Ohio State 66-57 in Washington D.C.
The Purdue men's basketball team is set to open Big Ten Tournament play on Friday.
"But I didn't see fatigue from them at the end, " Purdue coach Matt Painter said. "We just couldn't answer the bell. Once we got the lead we did a really good job of keeping it". "When we allowed him to do that, he really hurt us. Depth certainly became a factor".
The junior guard from Lakeland, Fla., missed the front end of a 1-and-1, and Rutgers fouled Carsen Edwards on the rebound.
And when it had to close out the game at the free throw line, the second-worst team in the Big Ten at the charity stripe came through. "We did a lot of good things, we hung around with them". That lineup was actually better. "They were right on that bubble". Sanders scored 28 points, all of which came in the final 25 minutes, including 10 in the last 4:35 of the first half. Fatigue brought on by a game that took IN and Michigan State to four periods of overtime and which both seniors Tyra Buss and Amanda Cahill played 60 minutes of basketball.
Indiana (IN) had more second-chance points with 14, compared to Rutgers' 4. Following a pair of Purdue free throws, Sanders was called for an offensive foul, sending the first groups of fans clad in red heading for the exit.
"So it isn't as if, you know, we caught them in December way back early when".
Deshawn Freeman had seven points and a game-high 11 rebounds for the Scarlet Knights. There was none of the tentativeness that had defined the first 12 minutes of the game. Ten minutes into the game the score was tied at 10, and neither team could buy a basket. Rutgers shot 58 percent from the field, including 68 percent in the second half, after hitting just 43.6 percent of its shots the first time these teams met. in shot 34 percent in the second half. The Knights limited the Golden Gophers to 34.6-percent shooting, including 3-for-19 on threes.
Sanders and Baker continued playing brilliantly, but the Boilermakers remained hot from outside, and Rutgers could never pull back ahead.
Pikiell said IN poses matchup problems for his team Thursday.
"Corey Sanders, no doubt about it", Pikiell said. "Our guys will sleep tonight, and then we'll get ready for a good IN team tomorrow". "The results aren't always what we want, but we always play hard".