The No. 16 Ohio State Buckeyes (12-2, 2-1) travel to Rutgers to take on the Scarlet Knights (7-6, 0-3) for a 7:00 pm tip-off Wednesday night. The Buckeyes come into this game following a tough 86-77 loss at home to Michigan State. Rutgers, meanwhile, lost at home 77-63 to Maryland on Saturday. The Scarlet Knights also have losses to Fordham and Seton Hall in their last five games.
Who: Ohio State at Rutgers
What: Men’s Basketball
Where: Piscataway, NJ — The RAC
When: 7:00 pm (BTN)
Why: Because you don’t want the Big Ten adding in Rutgers to be in vain.
Line: Ohio State -7
+ Ohio State is ranked No. 16/17 in the most recent Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls. The Buckeyes are 21-9 all-time when ranked in the No. 16 position and are 511-150 when ranked among the Top 25 in the AP poll. The Buckeyes were 10-5 as a ranked team in 2017-18. Ohio State was ranked No. 17 in the final game of the season vs. No. 6 Gonzaga.
+ Ohio State leads the all-time series with the Scarlet Knights 6-2. Ohio State owns a 3-0 record in New Brunswick and is 3-0 in Columbus. The teams have played on a neutral court twice with the Scarlet Knights winning both. When ranked among the Associated Press Top 25, the Buckeyes are 2-0. C.J. Jackson and Andre Wesson each have faced Rutgers four times in their careers to lead the Buckeyes in appearances vs. the Scarlet Knights. Jackson averages 11.5 points and 3.5 rebounds. Kaleb Wesson faced Rutgers twice last season in his rookie year and averaged 12 points and seven rebounds.
+ After beginning his Buckeye career by hitting 10 of his first 15 three-point attempts over his first three games, freshman guard Duane Washington has now made just 12 of his last 45 three-point attempts since.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights
What You Should Know
+ Per KenPom.com analysis, Rutgers is among the nation’s youngest teams with 1.18 years of experience to rank 312th nationally out of 353 Division I programs. The D-I average is 1.68 years.
+ Rutgers ranks 12th nationally in offensive rebounds per game (14.15), 27th in rebounds per game (40.62), 35th in scoring defense (64.1), 49th in rebound margin (5.7) and 41st in blocked shots (4.8). RU is among the top five in the Big Ten in six stat categories, including first in offensive rebounds (14.15).
+ Against Eastern Michigan, Rutgers allowed four points in the opening half to tie the NCAA D-I record for fewest points allowed in a half during the shot clock era (since 1985-86). The 36 points allowed also tied the school record, matching the defensive effort against Columbia (60-36) on Nov. 18, 2002 in the preseason NIT at the RAC. In the shot clock era, Rutgers has held an opponent under 40 points eight times. Steve Pikiell has been the head coach in four of those contests.
+ Rutgers is among the nation’s tallest teams with an average height of 79.0” to rank sixth among all D-I programs.