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The “Sweep the Cats” Game Thread: Northwestern at No. 25 Rutgers

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NCAA Basketball: Rutgers at Northwestern David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Northwestern (6-11; 3-10) at Rutgers (11-7; 7-7)

How To Watch, Listen, News & Notes

Where: The RAC in Piscataway, New Jersey

Tip-off: Saturday, February 13 at 5:00 p.m. ET

TV: BTN - Dave Revsine and Andy Katz

Radio: Live Listen - Rutgers Sports Properties Radio Network - WCTC 1450 AM/WOR 710 AM/Sirius 132/XM 196, Jerry Recco & Joe Boylan; WRSU 88.7 FM - Ronnie Wielenta

KenPom Rankings: Rutgers is 26, which is two spots worse since a 13 point loss at Iowa on Wednesday; Northwestern is 72, which is one spot worse since a 3 point double overtime loss to Indiana on Wednesday.

Efficiency Rankings: Rutgers - Offense 110.6 (53rd) Defense 91.2 (19th); Northwestern - Offense 107.8 (80th) Defense 95.7 (71st)

KenPom Prediction: Rutgers 73 Northwestern 65; Rutgers is given a 75% chance to win.

OTB Guide to KenPom

Vegas Line: Rutgers -8

Series History: Northwestern leads the all-time series 10-5, but Rutgers was victorious in the last meeting 64-56 on January 31 and have won four of the last five.

Northwestern SB Nation Site: Inside NU

Key Contributors

Northwestern - 6’4” redshirt sophomore Chase Audige (12.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steal; 30.8% 3-pt FG); 6’7” junior Miller Kopp (12.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 41.2% 3-pt FG); 6’10” junior Pete Nance (12.1 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 52.5% FG, 33.3% 3-pt FG); 6’2” sophomore Boo Buie (9.4 points, 4.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds, 35.4% 3-pt FG); 6’10” redshirt sophomore Ryan Young (8.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 58.7% FG); 6’9” sophomore Robbie Beran (6.0 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists); 6’3” freshman Ty Berry (5.5 points, 1.6 rebounds, 39.1% 3-pt FG); 6’4” redshirt junior Anthony Gaines (3.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists); 6’2” junior Ryan Greer (3.1 points, 1.8 assists, 1.6 rebounds)

Rutgers - 6’6” junior Ron Harper Jr. (16.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 33.7% 3-pt FG); 6’2” senior Jacob Young (14.1 points, 3.6 assists, 1.9 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 43.5% 3-pt FG); 6’4” Geo Baker (10.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.2 steals); 6’4” junior Montez Mathis (10.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 34.5 % 3-pt FG); 6’10” redshirt junior Myles Johnson (8.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.3 blocks, 1.3 steals, 65.7% FG); 6’7” junior Caleb McConnell (6.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.5 steals); 6’6” sophomore Paul Mulcahy (5.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 38.2% 3-pt FG); 6’11” Cliff Omoruyi (4.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 67.6% FG)

Game Preview

Rutgers needs to take care of business and sweep the season series against Northwestern. If they do, they’ll remain clearly in the top half of the Big Ten standings and firmly in the NCAA Tournament picture. Attacking the rim and containing the Wildcats from three are the two major keys. Join us in the comment section during the game.