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The “This is it” Game Thread: Rutgers at Minnesota

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Rutgers (13-10; 9-10) at Minnesota (13-13; 6-13)

How To Watch, Listen, News & Notes

Where: Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Tip-off: Saturday, March 6 at 12:00 p.m. ET

TV: FOX - Brandon Gaudin and Stephen Bardo

Radio: Live Listen - Rutgers Sports Properties Radio Network - WCTC 1450 AM/WOR 710 AM/XM 385 , Jerry Recco & Joe Boylan; WRSU 88.7 FM

KenPom Rankings: Rutgers is 31, which is four spots worse since an 21 point loss to Nebraska on Monday. Minnesota is 59, which is four spots worse since a 19 point loss to Penn State on Wednesday.

Efficiency Rankings: Rutgers - Offense 109.3 (68th) Defense 90.9 (18th); Minnesota - Offense 111.4 (42nd) Defense 97.0 (80th)

KenPom Prediction: Rutgers 71 Minnesota 70. Rutgers is given a 52% chance to win.

OTB Guide to KenPom

Vegas Line: Rutgers -3.5

Series History: Minnesota leads the all-time series 8-5, but Rutgers has won four of the past five meetings, including a 76-72 victory earlier this season.

Minnesota SB Nation Site: The Daily Gopher

Key Contributors

Minnesota - 6’2” redshirt junior Marcus Carr (20.1 points, 5.0 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 33.3% 3-pt FG); 7’0” junior Liam Robbins (11.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.7 blocks, 32.7% 3-pt FG); 6’4” junior Gabe Kalscheur (9.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists); 6’8” redshirt senior Brandon Johnson (8.7 points, 5.9 rebounds); 6’2” freshman Jamal Mashburn Jr. (7.3 points, 1.5 assists, 1.4 rebounds); 6’6” junior Both Gach (6.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists); 6’5” sophomore Tre’ Williams (5.0 points, 2.0 rebounds. 1.1 assists); 6’9” redshirt senior Eric Curry (3.8 points, 2.7 rebounds); 6’9” sophomore Isaiah Ihnen (2.7 points, 3.6 rebounds)

Rutgers - 6’6” junior Ron Harper Jr. (15.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 31.7% 3-pt FG); 6’2” senior Jacob Young (14.1 points, 3.4 assists, 1.9 rebounds, 1.7 steals, 36.2% 3-pt FG); 6’4” Geo Baker (10.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.3 steals, 30.9% 3-pt FG); 6’4” junior Montez Mathis (8.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 29.7 % 3-pt FG); 6’10” redshirt junior Myles Johnson (8.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.6 blocks, 1.1 steals, 65.9% FG); 6’7” junior Caleb McConnell (5.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.5 steals); 6’6” sophomore Paul Mulcahy (5.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 38.6% 3-pt FG); 6’11” Cliff Omoruyi (4.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 67.4% FG)

Game Preview

This is it. Win this game and Rutgers will clinch its first NCAA Tournament bid in 30 years. Lose and they face a must win at least once possibly twice in the Big Ten Tournament next week. This game is setup well with Minnesota having lost six straight and center Liam Robbins declared out once again. This game is there for the taking and the leaders of this team have to make sure that’s exactly what they do. Join us during the action!