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The “Slipper Fits” Game Thread: No. 10 Rutgers vs. No. 2 Houston

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2021 NCAA Tournament Second Round

No. 10 Rutgers (16-11) vs. No. 2 Houston (25-3)

How To Watch, Listen, News & Notes

Where: Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana

Fan Capacity: 6,900

Tip-off: Sunday, March 21 at 7:10 p.m. ET

TV: TBS - Spero Dedes, Brandon Haywood and Lauren Shehadi

Radio: Live Listen - Rutgers Sports Properties Radio Network - WCTC 1450 AM/WOR 710 AM/Sirius 135/XM 202 - Jerry Recco & Chris Carlin; Westwood One - Kevin Kugler & Brian O’Connell; WRSU 88.7 FM - Chris Tsakonas & Jake Schmied

KenPom Rankings: Rutgers is 34, which is the same spot since a 4 point win over Clemson in the first round on Friday. Houston is 5, which is the same since a 31 point win over Cleveland State on Friday in the first round.

Efficiency Rankings: Rutgers - Offense 108.4 (76th) Defense 90.3 (15th); Houston - Offense 119.6 (6th) Defense 89.8 (12th)

KenPom Prediction: Houston 70 Rutgers 62. Rutgers is given a 24% chance to win.

OTB Guide to KenPom

Vegas Line: Houston -8; read more here.

NCAA Tournament History: Rutgers is making its first appearance since 1991 and earned a victory in a 60-56 win over Clemson in the first round for the first time since 1983. The last time RU made the Sweet Sixteen was 1979.

Series History: Houston leads the all-time series 2-1 with Rutgers winning the last meeting on February 1, 2014 by the final score of 93-70 in its lone season as AAC foes.

Houston SB Nation Site:

Key Contributors

Houston - 6’5” junior Quentin Grimes (17.9 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.2 steals, 40.3% FG, 40.5% 3-pt FG, 78.8% FT); 6’1” sophomore Marcus Sasser (13.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals, 38.6% FG, 33.3% 3-pt FG, 87.5% FT); 6’5” redshirt senior DeJon Jarreau (10.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.4 steals, 44.1% FG, 34.7% 3-pt FG, 71.8% FT); 6’7” redshirt senior Justin Gorham (8.6 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 50.3% FG, 37.0% 3-pt FG, 68.1% FT); 6’5” freshman Tramon Mark (8.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.0 steal, 39.6% FG, 27.3% 3-pt FG, 77.6% FT); 6’2” redshirt sophomore Cameron Tyson (6.6 points, 1.0 rebound, 43.0% FG, 41.5% 3-pt FG); 6’8” senior Fabian White Jr. (6.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.1 blocks, 52.8% FG, 71.4% FT); 6’8” junior Reggie Chaney (5.0 points, 2.9 rebounds, 66.7% FG, 75.0% FT); 6’1” freshman Jamal Shead (3.5 points, 1.6 assists, 1.0 rebound, 44.6% FG, 12.5% 3-pt FG, 78.6% FT); 6’8” redshirt senior Brison Gresham (3.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, 56.7% FG, 44.0% FT); 6’7” redshirt freshman J’Wan Roberts (2.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 55.9% FG, 52.6% FT)

Rutgers - 6’6” junior Ron Harper Jr. (15.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 44.6% FG, 30.7% 3-pt FG, 73.6% FT); 6’2” senior Jacob Young (14.3 points, 3.4 assists, 1.9 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 47.4% FG, 37.5% 3-pt FG, 72.6% FT); 6’4” Geo Baker (10.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.3 steals, 40.5% FG, 30.3% 3-pt FG, 75.0% FT); 6’4” junior Montez Mathis (8.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, 38.0% FG, 27.8 % 3-pt FG, 56.1% FT); 6’10” redshirt junior Myles Johnson (8.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 1.1 steals, 63.2% FG, 43.1% FT); 6’6” sophomore Paul Mulcahy (5.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 47.1% FG, 38.2% 3-pt FG, 67.5% FT); 6’7” junior Caleb McConnell (5.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.5 steals, 31.1% FG, 20.8% 3-pt FG%, 77.8% FT ); 6’11” Cliff Omoruyi (3.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 64.2% FG, 42.4% FT)

Game Preview

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