Rutgers would never be taken seriously in the Big Ten without turning the RAC into a discouraging place to play for his famous opponents at one of the country's most important conferences.
Steve Pikiell's upstart Scarlet Knights knocked out another notable rival Wednesday night by defeating Indiana 59: 50 and improving 12: 0 at home this season. Rutgers, who had lost his previous game in Illinois, also defeated top-level opponents Seton Hall and Penn State on his Piscataway campus last month.
The Scarlet Knights have won 20 or more games since 1983 (2004) – and haven't played an NCAA tournament since 1991 – but Pikiell's Big Ten squad is 4-2 in second place, a game behind Michigan State Sunday visit to Minnesota.
After-completion transfer, Akwasi Yeboah led Rutgers (13: 4) with 14 points and seven rebounds, while Junior Guard Geo Baker returned after three missed games with a thumb injury and scored seven points with four assists in 22 minutes, including a clear dunk with 2 Minutes remaining 10 seconds.
The RAC rocked when Rutgers scored the first 12 points of the game, although top scorer Ron Harper Jr. failed to score. Indiana stormed back and secured a lead of 22-21 with 6:55. The Scarlet Knights ended the 10: 2 run with a seven-point lead in the break.
A 3-pointer from Yeboah – substituted by Stony Brook, Pikiell's previous school – and a praise-pass dunk from Shaq Carter ensured that Rutgers continued the second half and extended his lead to 17. Aljami Durham's 3 draws The Hoosiers were almost seven, just five minutes.