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Rutgers basketball’s game at Penn State rescheduled for next week

An injury update on Cliff Omoruyi as well.

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The scheduled game between Rutgers and Penn State on January 12 was previously postponed due to COVID-19 positive results within the PSU program. The good news on Wednesday was a new date has been confirmed.

Rutgers hosts no. 9 Wisconsin on Friday, January 15 at 9 p.m. ET on FS1. Their next scheduled game was originally on January 24 at Indiana. Instead of playing three games in seven days, followed by a nine day break, Rutgers will now have two six day breaks between contests due to the Penn State game being postponed and moved to the following week.

The Scarlet Knights (7-4; 3-4) have lost three in a row and host the Badgers (10-3; 4-2) at the RAC this Friday night. Wisconsin was blown out by undefeated Michigan (11-0; 6-0) on Tuesday, trailing by as many as 40 points.

As for the matchup with Penn State (3-4; 0-3), it’s the two program’s lone meeting of the season. The Nittany Lions last played on December 30, an overtime loss to Indiana. Due to the long pause, PSU will play its third game in five days when Rutgers visits on January 21.

Also of note for Rutgers, head coach Steve Pikiell said on Thursday that big man Cliff Omoruyi is “starting to do some drills with us, which is a really good sign...We’ll see today if he can do some more contact.” Omoruyi has been out since suffering a knee sprain against Illinois on December 20. Whenever he does return, it will be a major boost for the Scarlet Knights.

To read Friday’s game preview between no. 9 Wisconsin and Rutgers, click here.