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The “Welcome Back Cliff” Game Thread: No. 9 Wisconsin at Rutgers

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No. 9 Wisconsin (10-2; 4-1) at Rutgers (7-4; 3-4)

How To Watch, Listen, News & Notes

Where: The RAC in Piscataway, New Jersey

Tip-off: Friday, January 15 at 9:00 p.m. ET

TV: FS1 - Brian Custer and Jim Spanarkel

Radio: Live Listen - Rutgers Sports Properties Radio Network - WCTC 1450 AM/WOR 710 AM/Sirius 136/ XM 195, Jerry Recco & Joe Boylan; WRSU 88.7 FM - Chris Tsakonas and Jake Schmeid

KenPom Rankings: Rutgers is 40, which is 11 spots worse since the 11 point loss to Ohio State last Saturday; Wisconsin is 10, which is 5 spots worse since a 23 point loss to Michigan on Tuesday.

Efficiency Rankings: Rutgers - Offense 110.4 (47th) Defense 93.3 (41st); Wisconsin - Offense 114.0 (11th) Defense 88.9 (8th)

KenPom Prediction: Wisconsin 68 Rutgers 66; Rutgers is given a 41% chance to win.

OTB Guide to KenPom

Vegas Line: Wisconsin -2

Series History: Wisconsin leads the all-time series 8-3, including a 79-71 victory in the last meeting on February 23, 2020.

Wisconsin SB Nation Site: Bucky’s 5th Quarter

Key Contributors

Wisconsin - 6’0” redshirt senior D’Mitrik Trice (15.2 points, 3.5 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 43.8% 3-pt FG); 6’10” redshirt senior Micah Potter (12.5 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 51.8% FG, 42.9% 3-pt FG); 6’11” senior Nate Reuvers (9.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.2 blocks); 6’8” redshirt senior Aleem Ford (9.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.2 assists); 6’4” senior Brad Davison (9.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.0 steal, 41.2% 3-pt FG); 6’5” freshman Jonathan Davis (6.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.0 assist); 6’9” sophomore Tyler Wahl (4.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steal. 41.7% 3-pt FG); 6’3” redshirt senior Trevor Anderson (3.7 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 81.8% 3-pt FG)

Rutgers - 6’6” junior Ron Harper Jr. (20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 51.7% FG, 45.5% 3-pt FG); 6’2” senior Jacob Young (15.5 points, 4.5 assists, 2.4 steals, 2.2 rebounds, 40.7% 3-pt FG); 6’4” junior Montez Mathis (13.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 42.5% 3-pt FG); 6’4” Geo Baker (8.8 points, 3.0 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 1.1 steals); 6’10” redshirt junior Myles Johnson (7.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.1 blocks, 1.0 assist, 57.4% FG); 6’6” sophomore Paul Mulcahy (6.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 37.5% 3-pt FG); 6’11” Cliff Omoruyi (5.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.0 block, 72.2% FG); 6’7” junior Caleb McConnell (4.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.0 steal - 3 games)

Game Preview

Cliff Omoruyi is active for tonight’s game and that is good news for Rutgers. They are 6-0 with him and 1-4 without him. This is also the first time all season that the Scarlet Knights will have their top eight players on the roster available, as Caleb McConnell missed the first eight games. Its a good time as any for Rutgers, who look to end a three game losing streak against the always tough Wisconsin Badgers. Join us during the action!