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The “HawkFive” Game Thread: No. 25 Rutgers at No. 15 Iowa

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

No. 25 Rutgers (11-6; 7-6) at No. 15 Iowa (13-6; 7-5)

How To Watch, Listen, News & Notes

Where: Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa

Tip-off: Wednesday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m. ET

TV: BTN - Kevin Kugler and Robbie Hummel

Radio: Live Listen - Rutgers Sports Properties Radio Network - WCTC 1450 AM/WOR 710 AM/XM 384, Jerry Recco & Joe Boylan; WRSU 88.7 FM - Raj Shah and Doug Willig

KenPom Rankings: Rutgers is 24, which is 1 spot better since the 4 point win over Minnesota on Thursday; Iowa is 5, which is the same since a 2 point loss to Indiana on Sunday.

Efficiency Rankings: Rutgers - Offense 110.6 (50th) Defense 90.8 (17th); Iowa - Offense 125.6 (1st) Defense 99.3 (122nd)

KenPom Prediction: Iowa 80 Rutgers 74; Rutgers is given a 27% chance to win.

OTB Guide to KenPom

Vegas Line: Iowa -6.5

Series History: Iowa leads the all-time series 8-2, including a 77-75 victory at the RAC on January 2, 2021.

Iowa SB Nation Site: Black Heart Gold Pants

Key Contributors

Iowa - 6’11” senior Luka Garza (25.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.6 blocks, 58.3% FG, 45.0% 3-pt FG); 6’6” junior Joe Wieskamp (14.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.1 steals, 45.5% 3-pt FG); 6’1” redshirt senior Jordan Bohannon (10.1 points, 4.5 assists, 3.6 rebounds, 38.6% 3-pt FG); 6’3” redshirt sophomore CJ Fredrick (8.7 points, 2.3 assists, 1.1 rebounds, 50.0% 3-pt FG); 6’11” redshirt sophomore Jack Nunge (7.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.0 block); 6’8” freshman Keegan Murray (6.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 53.4% FG); 6’9” redshirt freshman Patrick McCaffery (5.2 points, 2.9 rebounds; 6’0” sophomore Joe Toussaint (4.5 points, 2.3 assists, 1.1 rebounds); 6’5” redshirt junior Connor McCaffery (3.6 points, 4.1 assists, 3.2 rebounds)

Rutgers - 6’6” junior Ron Harper Jr. (16.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 35.1% 3-pt FG); 6’2” senior Jacob Young (14.3 points, 3.6 assists, 2.1 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 43.9% 3-pt FG); 6’4” junior Montez Mathis (10.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 35.8 % 3-pt FG); 6’4” senior Geo Baker (10.4 points, 2.9 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 1.3 steals; 30.2% 3-pt FG); 6’10” redshirt junior Myles Johnson (8.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, 1.4 steals, 66.7% FG); 6’6” sophomore Paul Mulcahy (5.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 37.5% 3-pt FG); 6’7” junior Caleb McConnell (6.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.6 steals, 1.6 assists); 6’11” Cliff Omoruyi (4.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 65.5% FG)

Game Preview

Big game tonight and a tremendous opportunity for Rutgers to move past Iowa in the conference standings. It’s a chance for another quad 1 win and it would help firm up this team’s NCAA Tournament resume. Iowa has won three of the last four meetings by two possessions or less. Let’s hope Rutgers brought the defense on the road or the Hawkeyes could have a big night on the offensive end. Also, Rutgers is wearing the 1983 throwback uniforms tonight so that’s a good omen. Join us in the comment section during the game.