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The “On The Road Again” Game Thread: Rutgers At Maryland

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Can the Scarlet Knights put together their first winning streak in Big Ten play?

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How To Watch & Listen

Rutgers (12-8; 1-6) At Maryland (17-2; 5-1)

Where: XFinity Center in College Park, Maryland

Tip-off: Tuesday, January 24th at 7:00 p.m. ET

TV: BTN - Jeff Levering and Bob Wenzel

Radio: WCTC 1450 AM & WOR 710 AM - Jerry Recco & Joe Boylan; WRSU 88.7 FM

KenPom Rankings: Rutgers #133; Maryland #44

KenPom Prediction: Maryland 72 Rutgers 61; Rutgers is given a 14% chance of winning

Series History: Maryland leads the all-time series 6-3 and have won all three meetings between the schools as members of the Big Ten.

Game Preview

The search continues for the first road victory in Big Ten play for the Rutgers basketball program. Is tonight the night? To be honest, it’s possible but unlikely. Maryland is sitting atop the conference standings and have won four games in a row, including their last home game against Indiana. However, the status of their leading scorer, Melo Trimble, remains unclear after he missed practice yesterday due to being sick. Even if he does play, it’s likely he will be less than 100%.

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Even so, the most important thing is that Rutgers plays as a team and gives great effort for 40 minutes. They need to be smart on offense and attack the rim, while bringing intensity and focus on the defensive end. If they can do that, they’ll be competitive in this game. But remember, Melo had a tight hamstring in last season’s meeting and barely played, yet Maryland still won the game by 25 points. Rutgers needs to worry about Rutgers and what they can control.

No matter what the final result is tonight, it’s important that this team does continue to make progress after Saturday’s break through win over Nebraska. There is no pressure for them to beat the Terps, but if they can play well and keep things close, it would be an encouraging effort for this team. Also, Nebraska is the only the Big Ten team to beat Maryland this season, so Rutgers will have confidence entering this game. How they execute in this game in a relatively short turnaround will be the real story.

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