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The “GoFour in a row” Game Thread: Minnesota at Rutgers

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Minnesota (11-6; 4-6) at Rutgers (10-6; 6-6)

How To Watch, Listen, News & Notes

Where: The RAC in Piscataway

Tip-off: Thursday, February 4 at 9:00 p.m. ET

TV: FS1 - Gus Johnson and Jim Jackson

Radio: Live Listen - Rutgers Sports Properties Radio Network - WCTC 1450 AM/WOR 710 AM/XM 372, Jerry Recco & Joe Boylan; WRSU 88.7 FM - Raj Shah and Chris Tsakonas

KenPom Rankings: Rutgers is 25, which is 3 spots better since the 8 point win over Northwestern on Thursday; Minnesota is 40, which is 9 spots worse since a 19 point loss at Purdue last Saturday.

Efficiency Rankings: Rutgers - Offense 109.2 (60th) Defense 89.8 (12th); Minnesota - Offense 110.5 (47th) Defense 93.7 (38th)

KenPom Prediction: Rutgers 72 Minnesota 68; Rutgers is given a 64% chance to win.

OTB Guide to KenPom

Vegas Line: Rutgers -5.5

Series History: Minnesota leads 8-4 all-time, although Rutgers has won three of the last four meetings, including last season’s 64-56 win at the RAC on January 19, 2020.

Minnesota SB Nation Site: The Daily Gopher

Key Contributors

Minnesota - 6’2” redshirt junior Marcus Carr (20.0 points, 5.2 assists, 4.1 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 33.6% 3-pt FG); 7’0” junior Liam Robbins (13.4 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.8 blocks, 38.1% 3-pt FG); 6’4” junior Gabe Kalscheur (9.1 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists); 6’6” junior Both Goch (9.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists); 6’8” redshirt senior Brandon Johnson (8.2 points, 6.1 rebounds); 6’2” freshman Jamal Mashburn Jr. (5.2 points, 1.5 assists, 1.1 rebounds); 6’9” redshirt senior Eric Curry (3.9 points, 1.9 rebounds, 6’5” sophomore Tre’ Williams (3.5 points, 1.9 rebounds); 6’9” sophomore Isaiah Ihnen (2.2 points, 3.6 rebounds)

Rutgers - 6’6” junior Ron Harper Jr. (17.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 35.9% 3-pt FG); 6’2” senior Jacob Young (14.6 points, 3.8 assists, 2.1 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 42.1% 3-pt FG); 6’4” junior Montez Mathis (10.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 36.5 % 3-pt FG); 6’4” senior Geo Baker (9.9 points, 2.9 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 1.2 steals); 6’10” redshirt junior Myles Johnson (8.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.3 blocks, 1.4 steals, 64.8% FG); 6’6” sophomore Paul Mulcahy (5.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 36.7% 3-pt FG); 6’7” junior Caleb McConnell (5.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 1.4 assists) 6’11” Cliff Omoruyi (4.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, 65.5% FG)

Game Preview

Rutgers looks to keep things moving in the right direction as they take on Minnesota at the RAC. A win would be four straight and put them one game over .500. A loss and the two teams would be neck and neck in the Big Ten standings. A chance to gain separation in the top half of the league is on the table tonight. Join us in the comment section during the action.