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The “Geo Baker Returns” Game Thread: Indiana at Rutgers

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The captain is back after missing three games with a broken thumb

Seton Hall v Rutgers Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

Indiana (13-3; 3-2) at Rutgers (12-4; 3-2)

How To Watch, Listen, News & Notes

Where: The RAC (8,000) in Piscataway, New Jersey (Alternate Traffic Plan)

Tip-off: Wednesday, January 15th at 7:00 p.m. ET.

TV: BTN - Kevin Kugler and Brian Butch

Stream: Fox Sports App

Radio: Live Listen - Rutgers Sports Properties Radio Network (WCTC 1450 AM/WOR 710 AM/XM 372; Jerry Recco & Joe Boylan); WRSU 88.7 FM - Corey Jason and Raj Shah

KenPom Rankings: Rutgers 33rd; Indiana 35th; Rutgers has moved up 1 spot since the loss to Illinois. Indiana moved up 7 spots after Saturday’s win over Ohio State.

Efficiency Rankings: Rutgers - Offense 104.4 (94th) Defense 88.0 (13th); Indiana - Offense 108.1 (39th) Defense 91.9 (40th)

KenPom Prediction: Rutgers 68 Indiana 64. Rutgers is given a 63% chance to win.

OTB Guide to KenPom

Vegas Line: Rutgers -3.5

Series History: Indiana leads the all-time series 7-2 and won the last meeting on March 10, 2019 by the score of 89-73.

SB Nation’s Indiana Site: Crimson Quarry

Q&A with The Daily Hoosier

Rutgers continue to rise in KenPom rankings

OTB Podcast with Jerry Recco

Key Contributors

Indiana - 6’9” freshman Trayce Jackson-Davis (14.6 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.1 blocks, 63.6 FG%); 6’3” senior Devonte Green (12.5 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.2 steals, 39.1 3-pt FG%); 6’7” junior Justin Smith (11.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.4 steals); 6’4” junior Al Durham (10.8 points, 2.7 assists, 2.4 rebounds); 6’11” junior Joey Brunk (7.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 53.2 FG%); 6’1” sophomore Rob Phinisee (7.1 points, 2.8 assists, 2.7 rebounds, 40.9 3-pt FG%);

Rutgers - 6’6” sophomore Ron Harper Jr. (12.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.0 steal); 6’4” junior Geo Baker (11.4 points, 4.0 assists, 2.5 rebounds, 1.8 steals); 6’10” sophomore Myles Johnson (9.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, 71.6% FG); 6’6” senior Akwasi Yeboah (9.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 37.5 3-pt FG%); 6’2” junior Jacob Young (9.0 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists); 6’7” sophomore Caleb McConnell (7.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 37.9% 3-pt FG); 6’4” sophomore Montez Mathis (6.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.1 steals); 6’6” freshman Paul Mulcahy (3.9 points, 2.6 assists, 2.6 rebounds, 58.1% FG); 6’9” senior Shaq Carter (3.9 points, 2.5 rebounds, 57.8% FG)

GAME PREVIEW

After missing just three games with a broken left thumb, Rutgers announced less than two hours before tip-off against Indiana that Captain Geo Baker has been cleared to play and will be available in tonight’s game. It’s a huge boost for a team looking to continue positive momentum at home against Indiana, who they are tied with in the Big Ten standings. How much he plays remains to be seen, but the emotional boost for this team is significant in addition to playing in front of a sellout home crowd. The Scarlet Knights need to hold serve at the RAC behind defense and rebounding to take down the Hoosiers. Follow us on Twitter for live commentary and join us in the comment section during the game.