Upset alert: Nebraska jumps out to 18-point halftime lead over Rutgers
Rutgers’ NCAA Tournament hopes could be about to take a major hit.
The Scarlet Knights are trailing Nebraska 43-25 at halftime in Lincoln on Monday night. Rutgers (13-9, 9-9 B1G 10) is in desperate need of a win to solidify its NCAA Tournament résumé.
The Cornhuskers have been one of the worst major-conference teams in college basketball this season. KenPom ranks Nebraska as the No. 109 team in the country, and that’s after a stunning victory over Minnesota this weekend.
Meanwhile, Rutgers currently sits at No. 27 in KenPom’s rankings. That’s currently well within range to win an at-large bid, but a loss to Nebraska — and a conference record below .500 — could put the Scarlet Knights squarely on the bubble on Selection Sunday.
Nebraska forward Lat Mayen is a major reason why the Huskers are currently leading by 18 points. He poured in 20 points in the first half, with no other Nebraska player reaching double figures.
Guard Jacob Young is Rutgers’ leading scorer at the break with 10 points.
Overall, Nebraska shot 55.4 percent from the floor and 6-of-12 from 3-point range in the first half. Nebraska also won the rebounding, assist and turnover battles in the opening 20 minutes.