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The “Lucky no. 13” Game Thread: Minnesota at Rutgers

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Minnesota (10-7; 4-3) at Rutgers (13-4; 4-2)

How To Watch, Listen, News & Notes

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

Tip-off: Sunday, January 19th at 1:00 p.m. ET.

TV: BTN - Cory Provus & Shon Morris

Stream: Fox Sports App

Radio: Live Listen - Rutgers Sports Properties Radio Network (WCTC 1450 AM/WOR 710 AM/XM 84; Jerry Recco & Joe Boylan); WRSU 88.7 FM - Randy DeGregorio and Chris Tsakonas

KenPom Rankings: Rutgers 27th; Minnesota 32nd; Rutgers has moved up 6 spots since the win over Indiana. Minnesota moved up 2 spots after the win over Penn State.

Efficiency Rankings: Rutgers - Offense 104.0 (117th) Defense 86.6 (8th); Minnesota - Offense 111.8 (20th) Defense 95.0 (71st)

KenPom Prediction: Rutgers 67 Minnesota 63. Rutgers is given a 64% chance to win.

OTB Guide to KenPom

Vegas Line: Rutgers -5

Series History: Minnesota leads the all-time series 8-3, but Rutgers won the last meeting 68-64 on February 24, 2019 at the RAC.

SB Nation’s Minnesota Site: The Daily Gopher

Key Contributors

Minnesota - 6’10” sophomore Daniel Oturu (20.3 points, 12.1 rebounds, 2.8 blocks, 62.3 FG%); 6’2” sophomore Marcus Carr (16.5 points, 7.3 assists, 5.3 rebounds); 6’4” sophomore Gabe Kalscheur (11.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.4 steals); 6’4” junior Payton Willis (9.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists); 6’9” senior Alihan Demir (8.2 points, 4.9 rebounds); 6’5” freshman Tre’ Williams (3.5 points, 2.5 rebounds); 6’6” sophomore Jarvis Omersa (2.5 points, 3.2 rebounds)

Rutgers - 6’6” sophomore Ron Harper Jr. (11.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.0 steal); 6’4” junior Geo Baker (11.1 points, 4.0 assists, 2.6 rebounds, 1.8 steals); 6’6” senior Akwasi Yeboah (9.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 38.5 3-pt FG%); 6’10” sophomore Myles Johnson (9.3 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, 69.9% FG); 6’2” junior Jacob Young (8.8 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists); 6’7” sophomore Caleb McConnell (7.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 35.5% 3-pt FG); 6’4” sophomore Montez Mathis (6.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.0 steals); 6’6” freshman Paul Mulcahy (3.8 points, 2.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds, 57.8% FG); 6’9” senior Shaq Carter (3.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, 56.3% FG)

Game Preview

Rutgers will host Minnesota in what is the third consecutive sell-out and fourth of the season. The Scarlet Knights have started a program best 12-0 at the RAC and look for lucky number 13 today. Defense and rebounding is the backbone of this team, but offense needs to be better after averaging just 54 points the past two games. The Gophers are a strong offensive team so they’ll need to be contained, but RU has an opportunity to score points in this game as well. Join us in the comments during the game and follow us on Twitter for live commentary.