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The “Late Night with Steve Pikiell” Game Thread: No. 24/25 Rutgers at No. 19 Iowa

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Join us during the action between a pair of ranked foes which includes the Scarlet Knights.

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No. 24/25 Rutgers (14-4; 5-2) at No. 19 Iowa (13-5; 4-3)

How To Watch, Listen, News & Notes

Where: Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,000) in Iowa City, Iowa

Tip-off: Wednesday, January 22nd at 9:00 p.m. ET.

TV: BTN - Jeff Levering and Stephen Bardo

Stream: Fox Sports App

Radio: Live Listen - WCTC 1450 AM/WOR 710 AM/XM 384; Jerry Recco & Joe Boylan; WRSU 88.7 FM - Raj Shah and Justin Sontupe

KenPom Rankings: Rutgers 25th; Iowa 14th; Rutgers has moved up 2 spots since Sunday’s win over Minnesota. Iowa has moved up one spot after last Friday’s win over Michigan.

Efficiency Rankings: Rutgers - Offense 105.2 (92nd) Defense 87.2 (7th); Iowa - Offense 116.6 (3rd) Defense 95.5 (78th)

KenPom Prediction: Iowa 72 Rutgers 67. Rutgers is given a 31% chance to win.

OTB Guide to KenPom

Rutgers ranked for first time in 41 years

Steve Pikiell interview on Jim Rome Show

Aaron interview with Iowa Radio KMA

Q&A with Black Heart Gold Pants

Vegas Line: Iowa -5.5

Series History: Iowa leads the all-time series 6-2, but Rutgers won the last meeting on March 2, 2019 in Iowa City, knocking off a ranked Hawkeyes squad on senior day 86-72.

SB Nation’s Iowa Site: Black Heart Gold Pants

Key Contributors

Iowa - 6’11 junior Luka Garza (22.9 points, 10.2 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, 55.6 FG%, 37.5 3-pt FG%); 6’6” sophomore Joe Wieskamp (14.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.1 steals, 39.4 3-pt FG%); 6’3” freshman CJ Fredrick (11.1 points, 3.1 assists, 1.9 rebounds, 53.8 FG%, 50.9 3-pt FG%); 6’10” senior Ryan Kriener (7.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 63.2 FG%); 6’5” sophomore Connor McCaffrey (6.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists); 6’0” freshman Joe Toussaint (6.6 points, 2.6 assists, 1.3 steals); 6’2” senior Bakari Evelyn (2.5 points, 1.8 assists, 1.6 rebounds); 6’9” junior Cordell Pemsl (2.4 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists)

Rutgers - 6’6” sophomore Ron Harper Jr. (11.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.0 steal); 6’4” junior Geo Baker (10.7 points, 3.9 assists, 2.5 rebounds, 1.7 steals); 6’10” sophomore Myles Johnson (9.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, 67.9% FG); 6’6” senior Akwasi Yeboah (9.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 36.4 3-pt FG%); 6’2” junior Jacob Young (8.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists); 6’7” sophomore Caleb McConnell (7.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 38.2 3-pt FG%); 6’4” sophomore Montez Mathis (6.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.1 steals); 6’6” freshman Paul Mulcahy (3.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 58,3 FG%); 6’9” senior Shaq Carter (3.7 points, 2.4 rebounds, 57.1 FG%)

GAME PREVIEW

A 9 p.m. tip on the road at Iowa is a tremendous opportunity for Rutgers to secure a high level road win against a ranked opponent. Iowa has the best offense in the Big Ten, RU has the best defense. Strength vs. strength. Which side will prevail? We will soon find out.

Both teams are playing well. Iowa has two extra days rest while Rutgers has the confidence of winning by double digits in its last visit to Iowa City last March. Hopefully, it’s another fun night in what has been a special season so far for Rutgers basketball.

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