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Quick Takes: Rutgers’ road woes continue

Dave2015Away from The RAC, it’s been tough season for Rutgers. After rallying from a 21-point deficit Wednesday night, the Scarlet Knights saw another elusive road win disappear in the waning seconds at Penn State, leaving them 1-8 in road games and 1-10 in games played away from home.

After hosting Maryland next Tuesday, Rutgers travels to Purdue to close the regular season; one last chance for the Scarlet Knights to win a road game before heading to the Big Tourney (neutral court) in Indianapolis.

How might the Committee handle a Rutgers’ team with potentially 10 Big Ten wins – if they beat Maryland at home – but who might also finish 1-12 away from home if the Scarlet Knights lose at Purdue followed by an opening-round B10 tourney game?

It’s a question we don’t have to answer right now, but it looms large over the next two weeks. Historically, that type of futility away from home has given past Committee’s a reason to leave a team out.

Additional Quick Takes:

  • Rhode Island narrowly avoided a disastrous loss at Fordham.
  • Richmond also won a tight one at George Washington.
  • Marquette dominated Georgetown, sending the Hoyas further away from the bubble; the Hoyas need to get healthy and win some games.
  • Arkansas routed Tennessee.  The Razorbacks are a different (and better) team with Isaiah Joe back.  The question becomes, can the Hogs win a couple of NCAA-level games on the way in to improve their tournament resume?  As of this morning, only a win at Indiana is NCAA-worthy, and they are 5-10 against Quads 1/2 combined.
  • UNC-Greensboro lost at home to Furman; it’s not a bad loss, but it’s one that could end up keeping the Spartans out of the immediate bubble picture.
  • Florida dominated LSU in Gainesville. Solid pick-up for the Gators.
  • As for LSU, the Tigers are 11-8 vs. Quads 1/2, but their most notable wins are Rhode Island (neutral) and Florida (home).  They aren’t on the bubble (yet) but a seeding in the top half of the bracket is looking highly questionable without a turnaround.
  • East Tennessee State rallied to win at Wofford; one ETSU needed to have.
  • Northern Iowa dominated Evansville at home as expected.
  • Maryland pulled off another late-game miracle, winning at Minnesota.  The Terrapins continue to lead the Big Ten, but their habit of falling behind could come back to bite them at some point.
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