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The “When The Lion Sleeps Tonight” Game Thread: No. 20 Penn State at Rutgers

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No. 20 Penn State (12-2; 2-1) at Rutgers (11-3; 2-1)

How To Watch, Listen, News & Notes

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

Tip-off: Tuesday, January 7th at 7:00 p.m. ET. Note alternate traffic pattern due to game being sold out.

TV: BTN - Brandon Gaudin and Bob Wenzel

Stream: Fox Sports App

Radio: Live Listen - Rutgers Sports Properties Radio Network (WCTC 1450 AM/WOR 710 AM/XM 383; Jerry Recco & Joe Boylan); WRSU 88.7 FM (Justin Sontupe and Jake Ostrove)

KenPom Rankings: Rutgers 43rd; Penn State 21st; Rutgers has moved up 5 spots since the win over Nebraska. Penn State moved up 5 spots after a win over Iowa.

Efficiency Rankings: Rutgers - Offense 104.7 (86th) Defense 89.6 (25th); Penn State - Offense 108.6 (32nd) Defense 90.3 (32nd)

KenPom Prediction: Rutgers 70 Penn State 69; Rutgers has a 54% chance to win

OTB Guide to KenPom

Vegas Line: Rutgers opened -2, currently Penn State -1.5

Series History: Penn State leads the all-time series 41-33. Both teams won on the road against each other last season, with Penn State winning 66-65 on March 6, 2019.

SB Nation’s Penn State Site: Black Shoe Diaries

Key Contributors

Penn State - 6’8” senior Lamar Stevens (16.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.2 blocks); 6’3” sophomore Myreon Jones (13.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.4 steals. 40.0% 3-pt range); 6’4” sophomore Izaiah Brockington (10.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.2 steals); 6’9” senior Mike Watkins (10.6 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.5 blocks, 1.1 steals, 61.0% FG); 6’4” sophomore Myles Dread (8.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 steal); 6’4” senior Curtis Jones (7.9 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists); 6’1” junior Jamari Wheeler (4.1 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.8 steals); 6’6” freshman Seth Lundy (4.0 points, 2.0 rebounds)

Rutgers - 6’6” sophomore Ron Harper Jr. (11.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.1 steals); 6’4” junior Geo Baker (11.4 points, 4.0 assists, 2.5 rebounds, 1.8 steals); 6’10” sophomore Myles Johnson (9.7 points, 9.1 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, 71.8% FG); 6’6” senior Akwasi Yeboah (9.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 41.0% 3-pt FG); 6’2” junior Jacob Young (8.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists); 6’7” sophomore Caleb McConnell (7.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 42.3% 3-pt FG); 6’4” sophomore Montez Mathis (6.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.1 steals); 6’6” freshman Paul Mulcahy (4.0 points, 2.6 assists, 2.6 rebounds, 59.5% FG); 6’9” senior Shaq Carter (3.9 points, 2.4 rebounds, 57.5% FG)

GAME PREVIEW

Welcome to big time college basketball, where a game in early January has NCAA Tournament implications. Rutgers and Penn State enter tonight’s matchup with both teams on five game winning streaks. Geo Baker remains out with a broken left thumb, but the Scarlet Knights will play in front of a sold out RAC and will bring plenty of confidence with them to the court. Penn State will as well, as they survived a sellout crowd last season, beating Rutgers by 1 point. This game should be another tight one and whichever team wins will be 3-1 to start Big Ten play. Hold on tight. Join us in the comment section during the game and follow us on Twitter for live commentary.