Head Coach: Eddie Jordan
Location: New Brunswick, NJ
Conference: B1G 10
Nickname: Scarlet Knights
Last time out: Lost to Maryland
Typical Rotation Depth: 8 players
Tempo: Middle of the road
Offensive Style: Princeton
Defensive Style: Soft in the middle
Opening Line: Huskers by 2
Miles Post Practice presser
White and Parker Practice Presser
Player to Watch
Corey Sanders: Much like Glynn Watson, Sanders is a 4 star freshman who is Rutgers first highly touted PG in a while though he's been coming off the bench the last two games after starting most of the year. Sanders leads the team in 3s and is a roller coaster like most touted freshmen.
Rutgers wasn't all that highly regarded coming into the season and with a few key injuries they're currently regarded as the worst Power 5 Conference team in the land. After last year's inconceivable upset of Wisconsin, the Scarlet Knights haven't won a conference game and like Nebraska is currently 0-3. With neither team winning in conference since last February, both teams probably view this game as a great chance to get back on track.
Thanks to its uptempo transition pace and Princeton-esque offense, Rutgers leads the league with nearly 46% of its shots coming from the paint. Packing the lane against cutters will be key on defense. Rutgers hasn't been a terrible shooting 3pt team, especially in conference, so it will be tempting to help against the team that shoots the least number of 3s in the B1G. Rutgers doesn't draw much contact on offense though the Huskers can't help but put their opponents on the line. If you're going to foul anyone, make sure it's the two post players who barely shoot 50%.
Nebraska takes less than 25% of their shots from the paint which makes sense because the post game offense has been mostly non-existent this year. Of course this is Rutgers' weakness so we either need to start feeding the post or more probably have Shavon and Tai attack the rim...I think this is a game where Shavon goes for 20+ points. Once again there will be offensive rebounding opportunities against a poor rebounding Scarlet Knight squad.
Here is the thing about Rutgers though...they haven't played someone as middling as this year's Husker squad as none of their opponents have been ranked between 100-199 via KenPom so we don't really know how bad-bad they are. Given that they'll be playing at home, it's a game that Nebraska could and should win but it will require them to sweep the leg when they have the chance.
Prediction: Nebraska 71 - Rutgers 66