How To Watch & Listen
Rutgers (12-11; 2-8) At Illinois (11-11; 1-8)
Where: Champaign, Illinois - State Farm Center (capacity 15,500)
Tip-off: Tuesday, January 30th at 7:00 p.m. ET
TV: BTN - Brandon Gaudin and Seth Davis
Radio: WCTC 1450 AM, WOR 710 AM - Jerry Recco & Joe Boylan; WRSU 88.7 FM
KenPom Rankings: Rutgers #134; Illinois #108
(Note: Rutgers regressed seven spots since the 17 point loss at Penn State)
KenPom Prediction: Illinois 67 Rutgers 62; Rutgers has an 32% chance to win
Vegas Line: opened Illinois -4.5; now -6.5
Series History: Illinois leads the all-time series 4-1, but Rutgers won the last meeting between the two programs at the RAC last season.
SB Nation Illinois site: The Champaign Room
Tonight is a great opportunity for Rutgers to pick up just their second road win in Big Ten play since joining the conference four seasons ago. Of course, last place Illinois looks at Rutgers as a tremendous chance for them to win two Big Ten games in a row, as they beat Indiana last Wednesday, their first league victory of the season.
For the Scarlet Knights to win, their defense needs to slow down an Illini offense that averages 77 points per game. In addition, Rutgers has struggled offensively, as they have only scored an average of 48 points in their past three defeats. Corey Sanders, who averages 28 points in two prior meetings with Illinois, needs to get going after a scoreless effort in his last game.
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