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NCAA Basketball: Rutgers at Michigan State Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

#9 Michigan State (5-2) At Rutgers (5-1)

How To Watch, Listen, News & Notes

Where: The RAC in Piscataway, New Jersey (Info on alternate traffic pattern here)

Tip-off: Friday, November 30th at 6:00 p.m. ET

TV: BTN - Kevin Kugler & Jon Crispin

Stream: BTN2GO (free)

Radio: Rutgers IMG Sports Network - WCTC 1450 AM/WOR 710 AM/Sirius 133/XM 196 - Jerry Recco & Joe Boylan; WRSU 88.7 FM - Justin Sontupe & Matt Howe

KenPom Rankings: Rutgers #103; Michigan State #11

(Rutgers moved forward 15 spots since the win over #21 Miami)

KenPom Prediction: Michigan State 73 Rutgers 65; Rutgers has an 25% chance to win.

Vegas Line: Michigan State -8.5

Series History: Michigan State leads all-time 7-0, including a 76-72 overtime win last January

Game 6 recap & four thoughts & newcomers report

Q&A With The Only Colors here

Notes: Rutgers is eighth in the country in scoring defense, allowing just 56.5 points per game. They also have a adjusted defensive efficiency of 91.9, which is 10th best in Division I per KenPom. The Scarlet Knights also lead the Big Ten in blocked shots per game and 10th in the country as well.

Game Preview

True respect is 40 minutes away for Rutgers basketball. A win tonight be monumental, but it will be a tall task for sure. Less than 48 hours after upsetting Miami on the road, the Scarlet Knights host Big Ten favorite Michigan State. The RAC is sold out, but the Spartans will be looking to win big after a surprising loss on Tuesday at Louisville. After three consecutive strong defensive performances, does Rutgers have enough gas in the tank to deliver another on short rest? We are about to find out. Join us in the comment section during the game and follow us on twitter at @OTB_SBNation for live commentary of the action.