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IU basketball: Rutgers at Indiana game day essentials

Game Day Essentials:

No. 24 Rutgers (16-7, 8-4) at No. 18 Indiana (16-7, 7-5)

  • Tip Time: 6:30 p.m. Eastern
  • Location: Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (17,222), Bloomington, Indiana
  • Television: BTN (Dave Revsine, Stephen Bardo, Andy Katz)
  • Stream: Fox Sports
  • IU Radio Network: IU Radio Network
  • Point Spread: Indiana is a 4.5 point favorite
  • KenPom Projected Score: No. 20 Indiana 68 No. 16 Rutgers 66
  • Series: Rutgers leads 8-7. Rutgers won last meeting 63-48 on Dec. 3, 2022

Three keys from the first meeting

  1. Rutgers collapses in the paint.  The Scarlet Knights were intent on making someone other than Trayce Jackson-Davis beat them.  They doubled, even tripled the post and limited Jackson-Davis to 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting.  With all of the focus inside, IU made just 11-of-31 shots (35.5 percent) from 2-point range as a team.  After scoring more than 50 points in the paint against North Carolina, IU scored just 14 on Saturday.  Race Thompson, Malik Reneau and Jordan Geronimo combined to go 1-of-11 from the field.
  2. Hoosiers cold from three, with too many turnovers. Rutgers’ focus on defending the paint left openings on the perimeter, but Indiana made just 6-of-25 from three.  Miller Kopp made 5-of-9, while everyone else made just 1-of-16.  And many possessions didn’t lead to any scoring opportunities, as Indiana didn’t handle the Rutgers pressure effectively and turned it over 14 times against just nine assists.
  3. Scarlet Knights outwork IU, own the offensive glass.  Rutgers set the tone early with 13 offensive rebounds in the first 13 minutes of the game.  The Scarlet Knights ended up with 17 offensive rebounds and got 17 second chance points.  In total Rutgers outrebounded IU 47-33.  In many more ways that are difficult to quantify, Rutgers was simply the more aggressive team and better equipped to handle a physical game.  “They were tougher than us tonight,” IU coach Mike Woodson said after the game.

Rutgers results and stats:

Rutgers has had an interesting season. They started 6-4, then won five in a row, and they are currently 5-3 in their last eight.  All of their losses are to KenPom top-51 teams except for a November neutral court stumble against current No. 110 Temple.

Their most recent outing was a 61-55 win against Michigan State at Madison Square Garden.

The Scarlet Knights are 2-4 in true road games, with their wins coming at Purdue and at Northwestern.

They have three wins against KenPom top 25 teams; vs. No. 20 Indiana, at No. 4 Purdue and vs. No. 23 Maryland.

Note: starting forward Mawot Mag is not expected to play on Tuesday.

Rutgers 2022-23 KenPom Highlights:

Tempo – No. 232 (Offense No. 135 / Defense No. 327)

Offensive Efficiency – No. 119

  • Rutgers effective field goal percentage of 48.7 percent is No. 267 nationally and consists of the No. 270 percentage from three (32.2) and No. 236 percentage from two (48.8).
  • The Scarlet Knights crash the glass, with an offensive rebounding percentage of 33 percent, No. 58 nationally.
  • Rutgers relies heavily on two’s, with three-point attempts accounting for just 30.1 percent of field goal attempts, No. 331.
  • Indiana will have to key in on everyone on the defensive end, as Rutgers shares the ball really well. Assists account for 61.0 percent of field goals made, No. 12.

Defensive Efficiency – No. 2

  • Rutgers ranks No. 7 in overall opponent effective field goal percentage (43.6), including No. 12 in three-point percentage (29.0) and No. 13 in two-point percentage (43.8).
  • The Scarlet Knights are forcing teams into a lot of mistakes, turning them over on 22.7 percent of possessions (No. 24).
  • Defensive rebounding is the only part of the defensive resume outside the top-100, but it’s still not a major issue. Rutgers is allowing teams to get offensive rebounds on 27.3 percent of possessions, No. 131.
  • On the individual level, Cliff Omoruyi is top-30 nationally with an 8.8 percent block rate.  Cam Spencer and Caleb McConnell both have top-35 steal rates.

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