Rutgers faces tough test vs No. 16 Penn State
Rutgers (18-10, 9-8) vs. No. 16 Penn State (20-7, 10-6)
Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, Pennsylvania; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 16 Penn State presents a tough challenge for Rutgers. Rutgers has won three of its six games against ranked teams this season. Penn State has dropped to No. 16 in the latest AP rankings following losses to Illinois and Indiana last week.
BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: Penn State’s Lamar Stevens has averaged 18 points and 6.8 rebounds while Mike Watkins has put up 9.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks. For the Scarlet Knights, Ron Harper Jr. has averaged 12.2 points and 5.7 rebounds while Myles Johnson has put up 7.9 points and 7.9 rebounds.ROCK-SOLID RON: Harper has connected on 32.7 percent of the 98 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 8 of 13 over his last three games. He’s also made 72.3 percent of his foul shots this season.
WINNING WHEN: The Nittany Lions are 16-0 when they score at least 75 points and 4-7 when they fall shy of that total. The Scarlet Knights are 10-0 when the team blocks at least six shots and 8-10 when they fall short of that total.
STREAK STATS: Rutgers has lost its last five road games, scoring 63.8 points, while allowing 69.2 per game.
DID YOU KNOW: Penn State is rated second among Big Ten teams with an average of 76.1 points per game.