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The “Protect the RAC” Game Thread: Purdue at no. 25 Rutgers

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Purdue (11-9; 4-5) at No. 25 Rutgers (15-5; 6-3)

How To Watch, Listen, News & Notes

Where: The RAC in Piscataway, New Jersey (Alternate Traffic Pattern)

Tip-off: Tuesday, January 28th at 8:00 p.m. ET.

TV: BTN - Dave Revsine and Seth Davis

Stream: Fox Sports App

Radio: Live Listen - Rutgers Sports Properties Radio Network - WCTC 1450 AM/WOR 710 AM/XM 372; Chris Carlin & Joe Boylan; WRSU 88.7 FM - Justin Sontupe and Chris Tsakonas

KenPom Rankings: Rutgers 26th: Purdue 23rd; Rutgers dropped 2 spots since Saturday’s win over Nebraska. Purdue moved up 8 spots since Friday’s win over Wisconsin.

Efficiency Rankings: Rutgers - Offense 107.2 (87th) Defense 89.7 (9th); Purdue - Offense 108.2 (71st) Defense 89.8 (11th)

KenPom Prediction: Rutgers 61 Purdue 58. Rutgers is given a 60% chance to win.

OTB Guide to KenPom

Vegas Line: Rutgers -3

Series History: Purdue leads the all-time series 12-1, including an 89-54 victory in West Lafayette, Indiana on January 15, 2019 in the last meeting. Rutgers has never beaten Purdue as a member of the Big Ten and its only win came during the 1975-1976 Final Four season.

SB Nation’s Purdue Site: Hammer & Rails

Q&A with Hammer & Rails

Podcast with Jerry Carino

Key Contributors

Purdue - 6’9” sophomore Trevion Williams (11.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 56.6 FG%); 6’4” sophomore Eric Hunter Jr. (10.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 39.7 3-pt FG%); 7’3” junior Matt Haarms (10.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.1 blocks; 55.2 FG%); 6’4” sophomore Sasha Stefanovic (9.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.2 steals, 39.4 FG%); 6’3” senior Jahaad Proctor (8.9 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.1 steals); 6’7” junior Nojel Eastern (5.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals); 6’1” freshman Isaiah Thompson (5.4 points, 1.1 rebounds); 6’8” senior Evan Boudreaux (4.1 points, 3.3 rebounds); 6’9” sophomore Aaron Wheeler (3.9 points, 5.1 rebounds)

Rutgers - 6’6” sophomore Ron Harper Jr. (12.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.0 steal); 6’4” junior Geo Baker (10.0points, 3.7 assists, 2.3 rebounds, 1.5 steals); 6’6” senior Akwasi Yeboah (10.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 38.2 3-pt FG%); 6’10” sophomore Myles Johnson (9.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, 68.9 FG%); 6’2” junior Jacob Young (8.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists); 6’7” sophomore Caleb McConnell (7.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.0 steal, 36.8 3-pt FG%); 6’4” sophomore Montez Mathis (7.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.0 steals); 6’6” freshman Paul Mulcahy (3.7 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 57.7 FG%); 6’9” senior Shaq Carter (3.7 points, 2.4 rebounds, 58.5 FG%)

GAME PREVIEW

Bring your hard hats tonight, as this matchup should be a physical battle the entire way. Two very good defensive teams that are inconsistent on the offensive end. Rutgers looks to stay perfect at the RAC as well as sighing a game of first place in the Big Ten standings. It won’t be easy as Purdue has size and talent, despite the fact they are 0-4 in conference road games this season. A fast start, controlling the boards and transition offense are important for Rutgers to win the game. Follow us on twitter for live commentary and join us in the comment section during the action!