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The “Carve Up The Zone” Game Thread: Eastern Michigan At Rutgers

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Eastern Michigan (4-1) At Rutgers (2-1)

How To Watch, Listen, News & Notes

Where: The RAC in Piscataway, New Jersey

Tip-off: Monday, November 19th at 7:00 p.m. ET

TV: Big Ten Network - Jason Horowitz & Jon Crispin

Stream: BTN2GO

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Radio: Rutgers IMG Sports Network of WCTC 1450 AM/WOR 710 AM, XM 380 - Jerry Recco & Joe Boylan; WRSU 88.7 FM - Stephen Nelson & Brant Wolff

KenPom Rankings: Rutgers #136; Eastern Michigan #125

(Rutgers back 18 spots after loss to St. John’s)

KenPom Prediction: Rutgers 68 Eastern Michigan 65; Rutgers has an 60% chance to win.

Vegas Line: Opened Rutgers -4.5; now -6.5 (1 hr pre-tip)

Series History: Eastern Michigan leads 1-0 all-time with a 74-71 victory on December 9th, 1995, as that team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament after upsetting Duke in the first round.

Game 3 recap & four thoughts

Notes: Both teams have beaten Drexel this season. EMU won 66-62 while Rutgers defeated the Dragons 95-66. According to KenPom, EMU has the 43rd most experienced roster in Division I, while Rutgers is 310th.

Game Preview

The Rutgers men’s basketball team kicks off the Holiday week with a chance to bounce back from Friday’s loss to St. John’s against a solid Eastern Michigan squad. Heavy on experience and a 2-3 zone, this game will be a significant challenge for the Scarlet Knights.

It’s just the fourth game of the season and after discovering Rutgers wasn’t ready to compete against an elite opponent yet, this test is brings a more achievable outcome than Friday. Rutgers needs a short memory and to get back to sharing the basketball in the halfcourt. They can also force EMU into some turnovers which could lead to some easy baskets in transition.

Time to found a little bit more about Pikiell’s third year squad. Follow us on twitter for live commentary and join us in the comment section during the game.