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The “Keep on Streaking” Game Thread: Rutgers at Illinois

Game preview, how to watch, and join us during the action

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Rutgers (12-3; 3-1) at Illinois (11-5; 3-2)

How To Watch, Listen, News & Notes

Where: State Farm Center (15,500) in Champaign, Illinois

Tip-off: Saturday, January 11th at 12:00 p.m. ET.

TV: BTN - Jeff Levering and Jess Settles

Stream: Fox Sports App

Radio: Live Listen - Rutgers Sports Properties Radio Network (WCTC 1450 AM/WOR 710 AM/XM 385; Jerry Recco & Joe Boylan);; WRSU 88.7 FM (Jake Ostrove and Brad Loprinzi)

KenPom Rankings: Rutgers 34th; Illinois 29th; Rutgers has moved up 9 spots since the win over Penn State. Illinois moved up 2 spots after Wednesday’s win over Wisconsin.

Efficiency Rankings: Rutgers - Offense 104.9 (84th) Defense 88.7 (19th); Illinois - Offense 108.4 (35th) Defense 91.3 (40th)

KenPom Prediction: Illinois 68 Rutgers 64. Rutgers given a 35% chance to win.

OTB Guide to KenPom

Vegas Line: Illinois -5.5

Series History: Illinois leads the all-time series 7-1, including last season’s 99-94 victory in Champaign on February 9th, 2019.

SB Nation’s Illinois Site: The Champaign Room

OTB Podcast with Jerry Recco

Key Contributors

Illinois - 6’5” sophomore Ayo Donunmu (15.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists); 7’0” freshman Kofi Cockburn (15.0 points, 9.1 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 56.3% FG); 6’2” senior Andres Feliz (10.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists); 6’5” sophomore Alan Griffin (9.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 40.7% 3-pt FG); 6’2” junior Trent Frazier (9.2 points, 2.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.1 steals); Giorgi Bezhanishvili (8.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists); 6’6” senior Kipper Nichols (3.8 points, 1.6 rebounds); 6’3” junior Da’Monte Williams (2.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists)

Rutgers - 6’6” sophomore Ron Harper Jr. (11.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.1 steals); 6’4” junior Geo Baker (11.4 points, 4.0 assists, 2.5 rebounds, 1.8 steals); 6’10” sophomore Myles Johnson (9.7 points, 9.1 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, 71.8% FG); 6’6” senior Akwasi Yeboah (9.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 41.0% 3-pt FG); 6’2” junior Jacob Young (8.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists); 6’7” sophomore Caleb McConnell (7.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 42.3% 3-pt FG); 6’4” sophomore Montez Mathis (6.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.1 steals); 6’6” freshman Paul Mulcahy (4.0 points, 2.6 assists, 2.6 rebounds, 59.5% FG); 6’9” senior Shaq Carter (3.9 points, 2.4 rebounds, 57.5% FG)

Game Preview

It’s January 11th and the Rutgers men’s basketball team enters its fifth game of Big Ten play in sole possession of second place. Incredible.

Staying in that position will be difficult facing a good Illinois team on the road today. However, Rutgers took the Illini to overtime last season in Champaign and look to give them another battle in this contest. Despite being without captain Geo Baker, the Scarlet Knights have a lot of confidence coming in. They’ve won six in a row, three of which were in conference play, and the last road game they routed Nebraska.

Illinois is a big, physical team, but Rutgers has more depth along the perimeter. It makes for an interesting matchup. Join us in the comment section during the action and follow us on Twitter for live commentary.