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The “Win without Geo Baker” Game Thread: Rutgers at Nebraska

The captain is sidelined, game preview & more

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: MAR 13 Big Ten Conference Tournament - Nebraska v Rutgers Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Rutgers (10-3; 1-1) at Nebraska (6-7; 1-1)

How To Watch, Listen, News & Notes

Where: Pinnacle Bank Arena (15,500) in Lincoln, Nebraska

Tip-off: Friday, January 3rd at 8:00 p.m. ET

TV: BTN - Kevin Kugler and Shon Morris

Stream: Fox Sports App

Radio: Live Listen - Rutgers Sports Properties Radio Network (WCTC 1450 AM/WOR 710 AM/XM 381; Jerry Recco & Joe Boylan; WRSU 88.7 FM

KenPom Rankings: Rutgers 48th; Nebraska 136th; Rutgers has moved up 5 spots since the win over Caldwell.

Efficiency Rankings: Rutgers - Offense 103.3 (110th) Defense 89.6 (28th); Nebraska - Offense 101.3 (148th) Defense 99.1 (147th)

KenPom Prediction: Rutgers 74 Nebraska 69; Rutgers has a 68% chance to win

OTB Guide to KenPom

Vegas Line: Rutgers -6

Series History: Nebraska leads 8-4 all-time, including last season’s 68-61 come from behind victory in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.

Q&A with Corn Nation on Nebraska basketball

Game Preview

Huge opportunity in Lincoln tonight as Rutgers resumes Big Ten play against Nebraska. Being a road favorite in conference play has only happened a handful of times in the past two decades for Rutgers, so they need to handle the likely sold out environment with poise. Rebounding and defense are the strengths of this team. To win tonight, those areas need to shine through the most. Also, Rutgers just announced that Geo Baker is out indefinitely:

“Our focus is upon Geo receiving the best care and treatment to make a healthy return this season,” said Rutgers Head Coach Steve Pikiell. “His absence will be another challenge for our program, and we have every confidence our team will rise to meet it.”

Multiple players will need to step up, as tonight’s challenge is that much harder now without its captain and leader.

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