Published: Fri, January 24, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Illinois Pulls Away From Purdue For Win

Illinois Pulls Away From Purdue For Win

The win marks the first time Rutgers has been three games over.500 in conference play since the 1998-99 season.

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For the first time in 41 years, Rutgers is ranked in the Associated Press' Top 25 poll. "ESPN did not exist, only one Star Wars film had been released". This was the first of seven contests the next few weeks that may determine the Boilermakers' NCAA Tournament fate. With the Boilermakers laying six points and the total sitting at 126.5, what's the best play for bettors tonight in this matchup? I'm blessed. Good coaches. "He's a leader on this team and just an elite guard, not just in the conference but in the country". Rutgers secured 15 offensive rebounds in the first half and limited Minnesota to four points in the paint as the hosts built a nine-point halftime lead. The sophomore forward has 27 field goals and seven assists in those games.

Notable wins for Rutgers this season include two tilts against ranked competition. The team fell behind early 10-2, which was unfamiliar territory considering its recent dominance. That puts even more pressure on senior guard Pat Spencer (6-3, 205), who leads the team with 4.0 assists per game on 10.6 points, but is shooting just 30.3% from beyond the arc. They held on in the second half to beat the Boilermakers 57-50. Despite their efforts, they could not complete the comeback. Willis did not score in the second half but, with 12 points, was the only other Gopher scoring in double figures. The Boilermakers were outrebounded 37-19, giving IL an 83-53 advantage in this season's two games.

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"We just couldn't get anything going in the low post", Coach Matt Painter said. "These guys stuck their noses in there and got some huge put-backs, some second shots and it's everybody - everybody chips in when you look at that column". "We have to hit a guy on a rebound and we failed to do that".

This week, Rutgers proved that they are no accident by winning an IN team that has just defeated the double-digit rank IN the state of Ohio.

Dosunmo then came off a ball screen to stick a jumper, then followed it up with another jumper and IL went on to almost double that margin again. "You have to commit bodies and then come down and rebound the ball".

Next up for the Scarlet Knights, they will head to the midwest to take on a tough Iowa Hawkeyes team on Wednesday night at 9pm EST. Winners of eight of their last nine, the team has proven that it is a formidable opponent no matter who or where it plays.

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