Published: Sat, March 03, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

IU set to open Big Ten Tournament against Rutgers

IU set to open Big Ten Tournament against Rutgers

The Buckeyes closed the half with a 15-2 run for a 41-26 lead as the Scarlet Knights missed their last eight shots.

Michigan: The Wolverines are trying to repeat as Big Ten Tournament champions after a memorable run to the title previous year that began with the team's plane crashing during an aborted takeoff from an airport near Michigan's Ann Arbor campus. One more slam by Sanders, this time on a baseline drive that had just a touch of former Knicks star John Starks in it, capped Rutgers biggest basketball victory in decades. Tonight it continues with Rutgers and Purdue in the quarterfinals. You can watch the game online through BTN2GO.

Unlike in Piscataway where the Hoosiers mostly shut him down, Corey Sanders came alive in this one and in had trouble containing him.

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Duncan Robinson made Michigan's only field goal in overtime, a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:15 left, and the 15th-ranked Wolverines survived foul trouble and poor shooting to beat Iowa 77-71 on Thursday to advance to the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals.

So the season likely ends here on March 1 with a three-game losing streak and a 16-15 record.

MI is 11-0 in its opening Big Ten tournament games under coach John Beilein. While this team showed some solid improvement under a new coach in his first season, especially on defense, it lacked elite talent, consistent guard play and had serious troubles at the line and from distance. The Scarlet Knights will come in maybe a bit more exhausted, but will have confidence coming off two straight tournament victories in as many days. During the drought, Sanders hit a jumper for a 56-50 Rutgers lead with 1:58 remaining.

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Purdue is led in scoring this season by Carsen Edwards at 18.2 points per game.

On Michigan's next possession, Robinson swished a 3 from up top with 7:45 left to push the lead to eight. Two other Scarlet Knights players average at least 10 points, while Purdue has four players that score at least 12 per contest.

Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights were invited to join the Big Ten five years ago, much to the surprise of most college sports fans who wondered what value a program with little football and basketball success over the last four decades would bring to a tradition-rich conference based in the Midwest. The rebounding battle might tell the tale of the game this time around, as in the 31-point blowout, the Boilermakers out-rebounded the Scarlet Knights by 18.

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An IU win would set up a second showdown between the Hoosiers and rival Purdue late Friday night. If Rutgers wants to have a chance at pulling its third upset in three days, the Scarlet Knights will have to own the glass despite being the smaller team.

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