Nebraska (14-8, 5-4 Big Ten) and Rutgers (12-9, 2-6 Big Ten) meet Wednesday for only the 9th time. The Huskers lead the all-time series 5-3, but the Scarlet Knights snapped Nebraska’s five-game win streak in the series last season.
Prior to Rutgers joining the Big Ten, the two programs only met 3 times. That included a home-and-home series in 2006-07. Nebraska won the 2006 meeting 63-51 at the Devaney Center.
The only other meeting between the two was at the 1999 Hoop and Quill Classic in St. Louis. Rutgers won that matchup by 19 points.
Nebraska-Rutgers basketball: Game time, information
Nebraska and Rutgers play at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jan. 24.
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 24
Location: Rutgers Athletic Center, Piscatway, N.J.
How can I watch the Nebraska-Rutgers basketball game on TV and online?
Brandon Gaudin and Stephen Bando will call the game.
How can I listen to the Nebraska-Rutgers basketball game on the radio?
Nebraska and Rutgers can be heard on the Husker Sports Network, including 590 AM (Omaha), 1400 AM (Lincoln) and 880 AM (Lexington). Online radio will be available at Huskers.com, on the Huskers App, and on TuneIn Radio and the TuneIn Radio App. The radio broadcast begins one hour prior to tipoff.
Kent Pavelka and Ben McLaughlin will have the call.
Nebraska-Rutgers basketball preview
Nebraska comes into the matchup with Rutgers after a 64-59 loss to No. 13 Ohio State on Monday. The Huskers had plenty of opportunities to get the win in Columbus, Ohio, but the Buckeyes proved to be too much in the final 10 minutes.
James Palmer Jr. was excellent against Ohio State. He finished with a career-high 34 points, including personal bests in field goals (11) and 3-pointers (5). His 34 points set a Value City Arena opponent record and became the highest single-game total in Big Ten play this season. Palmer was the only Nebraska player to finish in double figures against Ohio State and the Huskers only shot 39 percent on the night.
Despite offensive struggles, Nebraska’s defense still had a strong effort against Ohio State. That included limiting Ohio State to 44.2 percent shooting, which means Nebraska has now held its last 8 opponents under 45 percent shooting.
Rutgers comes into the game following a 62-47 loss at No. 23 Michigan on Sunday. Despite the loss to the Wolverines, Rutgers does boast wins over Big Ten foes Wisconsin and Iowa, as well as a nonconference win over then-No. 16 Seton Hall.
Rutgers is in its second season under the direction of Steve Pikiell. He led the Scarlet Knights to a 15-18 record in his first season, which included a win over Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament.
The Scarlet Knights are 12-9 this season, with all 12 wins coming at home. Part of Rutgers’ success this season has been its defense. The Scarlet Knights are holding opponents to just 39 percent shooting and 62.1 points per games. Rutgers also forces average of 15 turnovers per game.
Leading the way for Rutgers are junior guard Corey Sanders, junior forward Deshawn Freeman, and freshman guard Geo Baker. Sanders leads the Scarlet Knights in both scoring (14.3 ppg) and assists (3.3 apg), while Freeman is at 11.6 points and a team-high 7.4 rebounds per game. Baker averages 11.5 points per game.