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The “Trip up the Terps” Game Thread: Rutgers at no. 9 Maryland

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With Jacob Young suspended, a difficult task is even more so now.

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Rutgers (16-6; 7-4) vs. No. 9 Maryland (17-4; 7-3)

How To Watch, Listen, News & Notes

Where: Xfinity Center (17,590) in College Park, Maryland

Tip-off: Tuesday, February 4 at 7:00 p.m. ET.

TV: FS1 - Tim Brando and Len Elmore

Stream: Fox Sports App

Radio: Live Listen - Rutgers Sports Properties Radio Network (WCTC 1450 AM/WOR 710 AM/XM 195/Sirius 211; Jerry Recco & Joe Boylan; WRSU 88.7 FM - Jake Schmied and Jake Ostrove

KenPom Rankings: Rutgers 29th: Maryland 10th; Rutgers dropped 4 spots since Saturday’s loss to Michigan. The Terps stayed even after last Thursday’’s win over Iowa.

Efficiency Rankings: Rutgers - Offense 107.3 (87th) Defense 89.9 (12th); Maryland - Offense 112.6 (24th) Defense 89.6 (7th)

KenPom Prediction: Maryland 69 Rutgers 62. Rutgers is given a 26% chance to win.

OTB Guide to KenPom

Vegas Line: Maryland -7.5

Series History: Maryland leads the all-time series 10-3, including last season’s 77-63 victory at the RAC.

SB Nation’s Maryland Site: Testudo Times

Key Contributors

Maryland - 6’0” senior Anthony Cowan Jr. (16.2 points, 4.3 assists, 3.7 rebounds, 1.0 steal); 6’10” sophomore Jalen Smith (15.3 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.3 blocks, 54.0 FG%, 41..2 3-pt FG%); 6’6” sophomore Aaron Wiggins (10.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.0 steal); 6’5” sophomore Eric Ayala (8.2 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists); 6’5” junior Darryl Morsell (8.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists); 6’7” freshman Donta Scott (5.2 points, 3.6 rebounds); 6’4” sophomore Serrell Smith Jr. (1.7 points)

Rutgers - 6’6” sophomore Ron Harper Jr. (11.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists); 6’6” senior Akwasi Yeboah (9.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, 38.7% 3-pt FG); 6’4” junior Geo Baker (9.7 points, 3.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds, 1.4 steals); 6’10” sophomore Myles Johnson (9.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, 65.9% FG); 6’2” junior Jacob Young (8.5 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists); 6’7” sophomore Caleb McConnell (8.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steal); 6’4” sophomore Montez Mathis (7.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals); ; 6’9” senior Shaq Carter (3.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, 57.9% FG); 6’6” freshman Paul Mulcahy (3.4 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 55.4% FG)

Game Preview

If you haven’t heard by now, Rutgers just announced that Jacob Young did not travel with the team for tonight’s game due to being suspended for violating program rules. It’s obviously not a good situation ahead of facing no. 9 Maryland on the road, but this team has been a tough team that’s responded to adversity before. Paul Mulcahy will have an opportunity to step up in Young’s absence. Let’s hope for a strong performance tonight against arguably the best team in the Big Ten. Follow us on Twitter for live commentary and join us during the action in the comment section.