Less than three years ago, Nebraskans who wanted to bet on sports legally had no choice but to book a flight to Vegas. Then in May 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Nevada’s congressionally approved sports betting monopoly. The following year, neighboring Iowa became the 11th state — and the first in the Upper Midwest — to legalize sportsbooks.
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Rutgers head coach Steve Pikiell, his players and the Scarlet Knights fanbase surely want to burn the tape of Monday night’s humiliating 72-51 loss to Nebraska to a crisp and never think about it again. Despite everything on its side -- needing a win to clinch its first NCAA Tournament bid in 30 years, Rutgers faced a team playing its 12th game in 23 days with nothing to aim for -- nothing went the Scarlet Knights way at Pinnacle Bank Arena.