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    Game Day Essentials: Game #16 at Rutgers

      Nebraska Cornhuskers (6-9) vs Rutgers Scarlett Knights (8-5)


      Date: Saturday, Jan 8th, 2022
      Time: 1:00 pm
      Arena: Jersey Mike's Arena

      Broadcast:  BTN

    Rutgers Info


    Head Coach: Steve Pikiell
    Location: Piscataway, NJ
    Conference: B1G
    Nickname: Scarlet Knights

    Last time out: Beat Michigan
    Line: Rutgers by 7
    Typical Rotation Depth: 7+

    KenPom rank: 93



    • Nebraska's last conference win was vs Rutgers in 2021. Lat Mayen had a career day with 25 points.


    Player to watch: Ron Harper

    Rutgers' leading scorer is a load at 6'6" 245. Harper is shooting over 43% from three thus far and is second on the team in rebounds.


    Player to watch:  Geo Baker

    Baker is playing the best basketball of his 5 year career at Rutgers, leading the team in assist with a eFG of 56%


    Possible Rutgers Starters

    0 Geo Baker G 6-4 185 Sr. Derry, N.H./Proctor Academy

    4 Paul Mulcahy G 6-6 213 Jr. Bayonne, N.J./Gill St. Bernard’s

    22 Caleb McConnell G 6-7 200 Sr. Jacksonville, Fla./SPIRE Academy (Ohio)
    24 Ron Harper, Jr. G/F 6-6 245 Sr. Franklin Lakes, N.J./Don Bosco Prep

    11 Cliff Omoruyi C 6-11 240 So. Benin City, Nigeria/Roselle Catholic


    Probable Rotation

    2 Jalen Miller G 6-2 200 Fr. Frederick, Md./Bishop Walsh
    3 Mawot Mag F 6-7 216 So. Melbourne, Australia/Prolific Prep (Calif.)

    5 Aundre Hyatt F 6-6 227 So. Bronx, N.Y./Miller School/LSU

    45 Jaden Jones G/F 6-8 220 Fr. Dallas, Texas / DasCHE Spartans

    21 Dean Reiber F 6-10 225 So. Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford


    The Rest of the Roster

    Clifford Omoruyi has expanded into his role as starting center with Myles Johnson transferring, leading the team in rebounds and scoring in double digits. Paul Mulcahy is a secondary ball handler and can get hot from outside. McConnell has struggled on offense but the defensively talented forward will probably guard Bryce McGowens. LSU transfer Hyatt is on monster on the boards. Jalen Miller is the PG of the future.



    1 Oskar Palmquist F 6-8 220 So. Kinna, Sweden/Marks Gymnasieskola (Sweden)
    10 Andrew Fulin F 6-6 195 Jr. Demarest, N.J./Northern Valley Regional
    25 Aiden Terry G 5-10 160 So. Mt. Washington, Ky./Aspire Academy/Bullitt Central
    30 Logan Stephens G 6-2 197 Fr. Decatur, Ga./Woodward Academy
    35 Ralph Gonzales-Agee F 6-8 245 GS Victorville, Calif./Silverado/San Jose State
    55 Luke Nathan F/C 6-11 240 Sr. Randolph, N.J./Randolph


    UNL Game Notes




    Probable starters for Nebraska
    1  Alonzo  Verge    G    6-3

    30  Keisei Tominaga    G    6-2

    5  Bryce  McGowens    G    6-7

    11  Lat Mayen    F    6-9

    13  Derrick Walker    F    6-9



    0    C.J.  Wilcher    G    6-5

    35    Eduardo Andre    F    6-11

    10  Kobe Webster    G    6-0

    14  Trevor Lakes    F    6-8

    23   Keon Edwards    G    6-7



    3   Quaran McPherson    G    6-3

    33    Oleg Kojenets    F    7-0
    4    Jackson Cronin    G    6-1

    12    Sam Hoiberg    G    6-0
    15    Chris McGraw    G    6-0
    21    Jace Piatkowski    G    6-3



    2  Trey  McGowens    G    6-4

    32  Wilhelm Breidenbach    F    6-10


    The Skinny: 

    Rutgers has been up and down this season.  They've lost a pay game at home to Lafayette and were pounded by Illinois. They've also taken down Michigan and Purdue.  The RAC Jersey Mike's Arena can be a hostile place to play but it's hard to imagine that any crowd is going to get up for Nebraska.


    Defensively, Nebraska by default is in a good position to stop Rutgers as the Scarlett Knights are trying to run everything inside and don't have a guard besides Baker that is likely to light up the Huskers. Offensively most people attack Rutgers from the outside but it's possible to penetrate into the lane against the Knights as they don't have elite rim protection.


    Nebraska has played well since coming back from Christmas break and should be in a good position to steal a road game.  Can they figure out how to do it?


    Prediction: Rutgers 70 - Nebraska 67

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    Rutgers is 8-1 at home this year.  0-4 on the road.  A little reminiscent of us in 2018.


    2022 Schedule 

    Game Plan | Opponent Tracker

    Date Rk Opponent Result     Location Record Conf  
    Wed Nov 10 67 328 Lehigh W, 73-70 81 OT Home 1-0    
    Sat Nov 13 71 275 Merrimack W, 48-35 58   Home 2-0    
    Tue Nov 16 72 280 NJIT W, 75-61 66   Home 3-0    
    Thu Nov 18 73 103 DePaul L, 73-70 64   Away 3-1    
    Mon Nov 22 79 302 Lafayette L, 53-51 67   Home 3-2    
    Sat Nov 27 93 140 Massachusetts L, 85-83 69   Away 3-3    
    Tue Nov 30 93 43 Clemson W, 74-64 67   Home 4-3    
    Fri Dec 3 88 11 Illinois L, 86-51 70   Away 4-4 0-1  
    Thu Dec 9 98 5 Purdue W, 70-68 65   Home 5-4 1-1  
    Sun Dec 12 95 27 Seton Hall L, 77-63 71   Away 5-5    
    Thu Dec 30 100 350 Maine W, 80-64 66   Home 6-5    
    Sat Jan 1 105 335 Central Connecticut W, 79-48 70   Home 7-5    
    Tue Jan 4 103 28 Michigan W, 75-67 67   Home 8-5 2-1

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    44 minutes ago, tcp said:

    is geo baker pursuing a doctorate at this point? good lord, he's getting like Davison. 




    Geo cashing in on a free education 

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    1 hour ago, hhcmatt said:


    Geo cashing in on a free education 


    good for him, I suppose. Hope it's not bad for us. 

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    1 minute ago, hhcmatt said:


    It was a pun 😁


    I'm far too serious about this game today, matt.....heh heh. don't oppress me! :) 

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