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The “First Time For Everything” Game Thread: Rutgers at no. 3 Michigan

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Rutgers (12-7; 8-7) at No. 3 Michigan (14-1; 9-1)

How To Watch, Listen, News & Notes

Where: Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Tip-off: Thursday, February 18 at 9:00 p.m. ET

TV: FS1 - Brandon Gaudin and Nick Bahe

Stream: FOX Sports GO

Radio: Live Listen - Rutgers Sports Properties Radio Network - WCTC 1450 AM/WOR 710 AM/Sirius 83/XM 83, Jerry Recco & Jordan Ozer; WRSU 88.7 FM - Dylan Allen and Brant Wolff

KenPom Rankings: Rutgers is 26, which is the same spot they were in before a 14 point win over Northwestern last Saturday. Michigan is 3, which is one spot better since a 8 point win over Wisconsin on Sunday.

Efficiency Rankings: Rutgers - Offense 110.6 (56th) Defense 90.6 (12th); Michigan - Offense 118.8 (7th) Defense 89.3 (8th)

KenPom Prediction: Michigan 73 Rutgers 64. Rutgers is given a 22% chance to win.

OTB Guide to KenPom

Vegas Line: Michigan -9.5

Series History: Michigan leads the all-time series 13-0, including a series sweep last season.

Michigan SB Nation Site: Maize n Brew

Key Contributors

Michigan - 6’7” senior Isaiah Livers (15.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 49.0% FG, 45.7% 3-pt FG); 7’1” freshman Hunter Dickinson (14.9 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.7 blocks. 66.4% FG); 6’9” sophomore Franz Wagner (12.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.2 blocks, 50.0% FG, 33.3% 3-pt FG); 6’1” senior Eli Brooks (8.8 points, 3.4 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 1.1 steals, 35.3% 3-pt FG); 6’5” senior Chaundee Brown Jr. (8.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 38.2% 3-pt FG); 5’11” grad senior Mike Smith (8.2 points, 5.6 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 48.6% 3-pt FG); 6’10” grad senior Austin Davis (6.1 points, 2.8 rebounds, 67.5% FG): 6’8” junior Brandon Johns Jr. (4.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, 64.9% FG)

Rutgers - 6’6” junior Ron Harper Jr. (16.2 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 32.7% 3-pt FG); 6’2” senior Jacob Young (14.1 points, 3.5 assists, 1.9 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 38.9% 3-pt FG); 6’4” Geo Baker (10.1 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.3 steals); 6’4” junior Montez Mathis (9.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 34.5 % 3-pt FG); 6’10” redshirt junior Myles Johnson (8.5 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, 1.3 steals, 66.7% FG); 6’7” junior Caleb McConnell (6.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.6 steals); 6’6” sophomore Paul Mulcahy (5.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 37.1% 3-pt FG); 6’11” Cliff Omoruyi (4.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 68.6% FG)

Game Preview

Rutgers has never beaten Michigan and goes back all the way to the 1976 Final Four. They’ve never beaten a team ranked as high as no. 3. However, there is a first time for everything. Join us in the comment section during the game!