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The “Take Two” Game Thread: Merrimack at Rutgers

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NCAA Basketball: Lehigh at Rutgers Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports

Merrimack (2-0) At Rutgers (1-0)

How To Watch, Listen, News & Notes

Where: Jersey Mike’s Arena in Piscataway, New Jersey (8,000)

Tip-off: Saturday, November 13 at 2:00 p.m. ET

TV: BTN+ (Subscription only) - Ralph Bednarczyk and Tim Catalfamo

Radio: Live Listen - Rutgers Sports Properties Radio Network - WCTC 1450 AM/WOR 710 AM, Jerry Recco & Austin Johnson; WRSU 88.7 FM -

KenPom Rankings: Rutgers - No. 75, dropped 8 spots after 73-70 win over Lehigh; Merrimack - No. 200, improved 11 spots since 61-54 win over NJIT

Efficiency Rankings: Rutgers - Offense 102.5 (110th) Defense 91.5 (44th); Merrimack - Offense 93.9 (273rd) Defense 97.2 (132nd)

KenPom Prediction: Rutgers 71 Merrimack 58. Rutgers is given a 88% chance to win.

OTB Guide to KenPom

Vegas Line: Rutgers -13

Series History: This is the first meeting ever between Rutgers and Merrimack.

Notes: This game is a sellout, marking the 11th straight dating back to the 2019-2020 season....The Rutgers Athletic Center is officially called Jersey Mike’s Arena per a sponsorship deal announced last week.....If you are attending the game at Jersey Mike’s Arena, click here for new guidelines this season including masking policy and new ticketing procedures.

Game Preview

A Saturday matinee for Rutgers men’s basketball as they look to produce a better performance following a tense season opener. Mawot Mag is available today after missing the first game with a dental emergency. Watch to see what type of energy and urgency this team starts the game with. Hoops is back and today is an opportunity to get a win and improve as well. Merrimack is not an easy out, but RU needs to take care of business.

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