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The “Sweep the Badgers” Game Thread: Rutgers at Wisconsin

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The Scarlet Knights look to earn an all-important road victory on Sunday

Michigan v Rutgers Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images

Rutgers (18-9; 9-7) at Wisconsin (16-10; 9-6)

How To Watch, Listen, News & Notes

Where: Kohl Center (17,527) in Madison, Wisconsin

Tip-off: Sunday, February 23 at 1:00 p.m. ET.

TV: BTN - Chris Vosters & Shon Morris

Stream: Fox Sports App

Radio: Live Listen - Rutgers Sports Properties Radio Network (WCTC 1450 AM/WOR 710 AM/XM 394; Jerry Recco & Joe Boylan; WRSU 88.7 FM - Justin Sontupe and Jake Ostrove

KenPom Rankings: Rutgers 31st: Wisconsin 30th; Rutgers moved back 2 spots since Wednesday’s loss to Michigan. Wisconsin moved back 2 spots after Tuesday’s win over Purdue.

Efficiency Rankings: Rutgers - Offense 106.6 (78th) Defense 89.6 (9th); Wisconsin - Offense 109.0 (52nd) Defense 91.4 (21st)

KenPom Prediction: Wisconsin 63 Rutgers 59. Rutgers is given a 36% chance to win.

OTB Guide to KenPom

Vegas Line: Wisconsin -4.5

Series History: Wisconsin leads the all-time series 7-3, but Rutgers won at the RAC in the last meeting back in December 72-65.

SB Nation’s Wisconsin Site: Bucky’s 5th Quarter

Key Contributors

Wisconsin - 6’11” junior Nate Reuvers (13.5 points, 4.8 points, 2.1 blocks); 6’0” junior D’Mitrik Trice (9.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 36.4% 3-pt FG); 6’4” junior Brad Davison (9.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 34.9% 3-pt FG); 6’10” Micah Potter (8.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 51.0% FG, 40.0% 3-pt FG); 6’8” junior Aleem Ford (8.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 35.4% 3-pt FG); 6’3” senior Brevin Pritzl (7.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 36.8% 3-pt FG); 6’7 freshman Tyler Wahl (2.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists); 6’2” junior Trevor Anderson (1.8 points, 1.4 assists, 1.3 rebounds)

Rutgers - 6’6” sophomore Ron Harper Jr. (11.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.1 assist); 6’4” junior Geo Baker (10.5 points, 3.5 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals); 6’6” senior Akwasi Yeboah (10.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 37.2% 3-pt FG); 6’2” junior Jacob Young (8.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists); 6’10” sophomore Myles Johnson (8.0 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, 60.9% FG); 6’7” sophomore Caleb McConnell (7.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists); 6’4” sophomore Montez Mathis (7.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.3 steals); 6’6” freshman Paul Mulcahy (4.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 57.0% FG); 6’9” senior Shaq Carter (3.5 points, 2.4 rebounds, 57,6% FG)

Game Preview

Is today the day? Rutgers has either been tied or trailing by just one possession in its last five road games. They take on Wisconsin, a place they’ve never won before but they did beat the Badgers earlier this season at the RAC. A season sweep against a team right next to them in the conference standings would be huge for Big Ten seeding purposes, as well as boosting its NCAA Tournament resume. Can this team finally put it all together on the road? We are about to find out. Join us in the comment section during the action and follow us on Twitter for love commentary.