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NCAA Basketball: Syracuse at Rutgers Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports

No. 19 Rutgers (4-0) At Maryland (4-1)

How To Watch, Listen, News & Notes

Where: XFINITY Center in College Park, Maryland

Tip-off: Monday, December 14 at 6 p.m. ET.

TV: BTN - Kevin Kugler and Stephen Bardo

Stream: BTN +

Radio: Live Listen - WCTC 1450 AM / WOR 710 / Sirius 137 / XM 195 - Jerry Recco & Joe Boylan; WRSU 88.7 FM - Raj Shah and Dylan McCoy

KenPom Rankings: Rutgers is 28th, which is four spots higher since a 10 point win over Syracuse; Maryland is 40th, ten spots worse since a 16 point loss at Clemson.

Efficiency Rankings: Rutgers - Offense 107.1 (55th) Defense 88.1 (13th); Maryland - Offense 109.9 (18th) Defense 92.8 (58th)

KenPom Prediction: Maryland 70 Rutgers 69; Rutgers is given a 47% chance to win.

OTB Guide to KenPom

Vegas Line: Maryland -2.5

Series History: Maryland leads 14-1 all-time but Rutgers won last season’s home finale, which is the last time the two programs faced each other.

Maryland SB Nation Site: Testudo Times

Key Contributors

Maryland - 6’5” Eric Ayala (13.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.4 steals, 58.5% FG, 40.0% 3-pt FG); 6’6” Hakim Hart (12.0 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 58.8% FG, 50% 3-pt FG); 6’7” Donta Scott (11.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.0 block, 69.0% FG, 61.3% 3-pt FG); 6’6” Aaron Wiggins (9.8 points, 3.4 assists, 3.2 rebounds); 6’8” Jarius Hamilton (8.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 37.5% 3-pt FG); 6’5” Darryl Morsell (8.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.0 block); 6’9” Galin Smith (6.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 75.0% FG)

Rutgers - 6’6” junior Ron Harper Jr. (22.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 60.3% FG, 45.8% 3-pt FG); 6’4” junior Montez Mathis (16.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.5 steals, 49.1% FG); 6’2” senior Jacob Young (16.0 points, 6.8 assists, 3.3 rebounds, 3.3 steals, 40.0% 3-pt FG); 6’10” redshirt junior Myles Johnson (8.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 1.0 assists, 60.9% FG); 6’11” Cliff Omoruyi (6.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 83.3% FG); 6’6” sophmore Paul Mulcahy (6.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 1.3 steals, 53.3% FG); 6’7” Mawot Mag (3.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 50.0% FG)

Injury Update: Geo Baker began practicing Saturday for the first time since he suffered a “bad ankle sprain” in the season opener on November 25. Per Jerry Carino, Pikiell said on Monday that Baker will suit up for tonight’s game.

Game Preview

The Big Ten opener is a great opportunity for Rutgers to open conference play with a victory. It won’t be easy but they have the talent to beat Maryland on any court. They may get a lift as well by the potential return of Geo Baker. Join us during the action as the Scarlet Knights look to begin the season at 5-0.