Rutgers basketball opens up massive early lead vs. Northwestern
Rutgers got off to a great start in its game vs. Northwestern on Sunday night.
The Scarlet Knights opened up a 22-6 advantage midway through the first half against the Wildcats.
At the U12 timeout, Northwestern had more than double as many turnovers (5) as it did made field goals (2).
Meanwhile, Rutgers started off by making seven of its first 11 shots, including four of seven from 3-point range. Geo Baker scored eight points before the Wildcats did.
As of press time, center Ryan Young was Northwestern’s leading scorer with four points off the bench. No one in Northwestern’s starting lineup had scored more than two points.
This is a must-win for a Rutgers team that’s hoping to secure an NCAA Tournament berth. The Scarlet Knights were ranked at one point this season, but have fallen to 9-6 overall and out of the top-25.
Still, they’re 28th in KenPom so an at-large bid seems likely if they can continue to take care of business in games like this.
Meanwhile, Northwestern — who was also ranked at one point this season — has just about fallen out of the NCAA Tournament race. The Wildcats are 73rd in KenPom and have lost seven in a row.