Rutgers continues run of home outings vs. ranked opponents, hands Indiana first loss of the season
Rutgers basketball does not lose home games. Not against ranked opponents, at least.
On Saturday, No. 10 Indiana found out the hard way. Despite a 7-0 start to the season and a recent win over North Carolina, the Hoosiers were no match on the road in Jersey Mike’s Arena.
Rutgers carried a lead into halftime and maintained its defensive pressure all game long. The end result was a disastrous shooting performance by Mike Woodson’s squad as the Scarlet Knights pulled away.
When the final horn sounded, it was a 63-48 win for Steve Pikiell’s squad.
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) December 3, 2022
The latest upset pushes Rutgers to 10-3 vs. ranked opponents at home since 2019-20. The Scarlet Knights have won 5 of their last 6 at home against a ranked opponent.
Leading the way for Rutgers was Caleb McConnell with a double-double that included 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 steals. Derek Simpson also added 14 points off the bench.
Miller Kopp led all scorers with 21 points but he was the lone efficient piece for Indiana in the road loss. Trayce Jackson-Davis added a double-double but was 5-for-11 from the field.
We’ll see how Indiana bounces back after an opening loss in B1G play.