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The “Ground The Hawkeyes” Game Thread: Iowa At Rutgers

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NCAA Basketball: Rutgers at Iowa Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

How To Watch & Listen

Iowa (10-9; 1-5) At Rutgers (11-8; 1-5)

Where: The RAC (capacity 8,000)

Tip-off: Wednesday, January 17th at 7:00 p.m. ET

TV: BTN - Kevin Kugler and Shon Morris

Stream: BTN2GO

Radio: WCTC 1450 AM, WOR 710 AM, Sirius 81, XM 81 - Jerry Recco & Joe Boylan; WRSU 88.7 FM

KenPom Rankings: Rutgers #135; Iowa #88

(Note: Rutgers fell 16 spots since the 22 point loss to Ohio State)

KenPom Prediction: Iowa 71 Rutgers 70; Rutgers has an 49% chance to win

Vegas Line: Rutgers -1 opening line, moved to Iowa -1 near opening tip

Series History: Iowa leads the all-time series 5-0, with the first meeting coming in the first round of the 1989 NCAA Tournament. Iowa won that game 87-73.

SB Nation Iowa site: Black Heart Gold Pants

Tonight’s game is a huge opportunity in the lone meeting of the regular season between the two schools. Both teams are tied for 12th place in the Big Ten and a win over the other would give the victor the tiebreaker in the conference standings with head to head record. It would also give Rutgers some sorely needed momentum in the right direction. With a road game at Michigan looming this weekend, getting the W tonight would be a positive step forward. Last year, Iowa won at the RAC by 20 points without injured senior star Peter Jok. Tonight, Rutgers looks to return the favor with senior leader Mike Williams out with an injury.

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