The Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Villanova Wildcats did not have very good seasons in the Big East. Both teams have records that are under .500, both overall and in the conference. Because neither team is fighting for an at-large bid, it felt like there was a chance for a wild and fun basketball game, sort of like the third-place game in any tournament that has a third-place game in any sport. Instead, these look like below-average teams. Rutgers leads 34-30 at halftime.
Neither team is shooting the ball particularly well and it's been a very slow and scrappy affair thus far. Villanova is shooting under 40 percent from the floor while Rutgers has made seven three-point shots and grabbed six offensive rebounds, so it's actually quite admirable that they've been able to keep it so close.
Eli Carter was one bright spot, putting in a great first half performance.
Hopefully the second half produces some better basketball, besides Carter. This is ... uhh ... sloppy.
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