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Rapid Reaction: Burn it all down


NCAA Basketball: Northwestern at Rutgers Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

There are truly no words to summarize the heartbreak at this point.

Northwestern blew a double digit second half lead in the game’s final ten minutes and lost to Rutgers. The Wildcats were up 18 points in the first half. Up 16 in the second half. None of it mattered. They still lost.

They had a chance to win the game at the buzzer and threw up a contested 20-foot floater after calling a timeout with 10 seconds left to play. Rutgers took its first lead lead of the game in overtime and never looked back.

It’s the same old story every game. Even when Northwestern was playing well you knew it was going to end this way. This was the largest comeback for Rutgers since 1996.

That’s now seven straight losses for Northwestern and 1-11 in conference play now. The Wildcats had a golden chance to gain some critical momentum and hand Rutgers its first home loss of the season. But we can’t have nice things.

Everything is terrible.