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Game Thread: No. 11 Rutgers at No. 23 Ohio State

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No. 11 Rutgers (6-0; 2-0) at No. 23 Ohio State (6-1; 0-1)

How To Watch, Listen, News & Notes

Where: Value Center Arena in Columbus, Ohio

Tip-off: Wednesday, December 23 at 4:30 p.m. ET

TV: BTN - Dave Revsine and Stephen Bardo

Radio: Live Listen - Rutgers Sports Properties Radio Network - WCTC 1450 AM/WOR 710 AM/Sirius 138/ XM 196 - Chris Carlin & Joe Boylan; WRSU 88.7 FM - Raj Shah and Brant Wolff

KenPom Rankings: Rutgers is 17th, which is one spot higher since a 3 point win over Illinois; Ohio State is 20th, which is four spots higher after a 7 point win over UCLA.

Efficiency Rankings: Rutgers - Offense 110.1 (23rd) Defense 89.6 (15th); Ohio State - Offense 112.9 (8th) Defense 92.7 (45th)

KenPom Prediction: Ohio State 71 Rutgers 69; Rutgers is given a 43% chance to win.

OTB Guide to KenPom

Vegas Line: Ohio State -3

Series History: Ohio State leads all-time 8-3 and won the last meeting 72-66 on February 12, 2020 in Columbus. It was the only time the two teams played each other last season.

Ohio State SB Nation Site: Land Grant Holy Land

Key Contributors

Ohio State - 6’3” Duane Washington Jr. (14.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 34.7% 3-pt FG, 95.2% FT); 6’7” E.J. Liddell (14.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 1.2 blocks, 53.1% FG, 81.8% FT); 6’7” Justice Sueing (12.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.3 steals, 35.3% 3-pt FG); 6’1” C.J. Walker (11.7 points, 4.4 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 1.0 steal, 97.3% FT); 6’8” Zed Key (7.1 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, 55.2% FG); 6’8” Kyle Young (5.7 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.0 assist); 6’6” Justin Ahrens (5.6 points, 1.1 rebounds, 52.0% 3-pt FG); 6’5” Musa Jallow (5.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists)

Rutgers - 6’6” junior Ron Harper Jr. (24.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 60.0% FG, 52.5% 3-pt FG); 6’2” senior Jacob Young (16.5 points, 5.7 assists, 2.7 steals, 2.3 rebounds, 42.9% 3-pt FG); 6’4” junior Montez Mathis (14.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.3 steals); 6’10” redshirt junior Myles Johnson (8.7 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.7 blocks, 1.3 assists, 62.9% FG); 6’4” Geo Baker (7.0 points, 3.0 assists, 1.7 rebounds); 6’6” sophomore Paul Mulcahy (6.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.0 assists)

Game Preview

Rutgers looks to stay unbeaten as they face a second consecutive ranked opponent. This time it’s on the road and they are short handed and on short rest. It will be a challenge against a talented and deep Ohio State team. Join us during the game in the comment section.