How To Watch & Listen
Rutgers (13-11; 2-9) At Ohio State (14-10; 4-7 )
Where: Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio
Tip-off: Wednesday, February 8th at 7:00 p.m. ET
TV: BTN - Cory Provus and Shon Morris
Radio: WCTC 1450 AM & WOR 710 AM - Jerry Recco & Joe Boylan; WRSU 88.7 FM
KenPom Rankings: Rutgers #135; Ohio State #60
KenPom Prediction: Ohio State 72 Rutgers 62; Rutgers is given a 18% chance of winning
Series History: Ohio State leads the series 3-1 all-time, including two victories last season.
Tonight is a huge game for the Rutgers men’s basketball team. Now that the first road win in Big Ten play in program history has been accomplished, it’s time to look towards some other “haven’t done X in” items off the list. Rutgers has never had a winning streak in Big Ten action ever. They haven’t won consecutive conference road games since 2000 in Big East play. They have won consecutive road games in back to back contests since 1991.
Aside from the historical aspect, Rutgers is now two games back in the win column in the conference standings. Both opponents this week, the Buckeyes and Minnesota, who they play at the RAC on Saturday, are sitting in the standings with four victories. Rutgers can make a serious climb up the ladder in Big Ten play this week. At a minimum, splitting the two games keeps them within striking distance of climbing out of the Big Ten basement. While many coaches in the conference have praised the job Steve Pikiell has done with this team this season, nothing would signal progress more than finishing out of last place. Tonight is a tremendous opportunity to keep positive momentum going and make a statement by winning two in a row on the road.
By the way, the Rutgers win at Penn State this past Saturday looks even better now, as a ranked Maryland team lost to the Nittany Lions in Happy Valley last night. You can probably tell by now how much I want this win tonight and you probably feel the same way, unless you are an Ohio State fan looking to troll our comment section. Anyway, follow us on twitter for live in-game commentary and join us in the comment section as well. Let’s go RU!
Sidenote: Photo evidence of Rutgers practicing free throws this morning. Let’s hope they can take advantage of their opportunities at the line tonight!