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Can Iowa FINALLY get things back on track?

NCAA Basketball: Iowa at Rutgers
Iowa escaped with a victory in the first meeting.
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The Iowa Hawkeyes have lost as many games as they’ve won since their 77-75 win at the RAC back on January 2nd over then #14 Rutgers. Iowa has lost two in a row and four of their last five and find themselves entering Wednesday’s rematch with the Scarlet Knights in a must-win situation.

Rutgers, on the other hand, is trending in the totally opposite direction. After hitting the skids on the heels of that loss to Iowa, where the Knights lost five straight, Rutgers has now won their last four en route to re-entering the AP top-25 this week at #25.

Now the Scarlet Knights look to exact revenge and pass the Hawkeyes in the Big Ten standings while Iowa looks to just get things back on the rails for the time being. Here’s your first look at the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. For the second time.

Matchup: #25 Rutgers Scarlet Knights (11-6, 7-6) at #15 Iowa Hawkeyes (13-6, 7-5)
When: Wednesday, February 10th at 6:30 pm CT
Where: Carver-Hawkeye Arena - Iowa City, IA
TV: BTN
Video Streaming: FOXSportsGo.com
Radio: Hawkeye Radio Network (click to find your local station)
Audio Streaming: TuneIn Radio

Statistical Overview

Iowa

Points Per Game: 87.8
Points Allowed Per Game: 74.7
Rebounds Per Game: 40.5
Assists Per Game: 19.5
Blocks Per Game: 4.4
Steals Per Game: 5.8

Rutgers

Points Per Game: 72.6
Points Allowed Per Game: 68.3
Rebounds Per Game: 36.2
Assists Per Game: 14.6
Blocks Per Game: 5.1
Steals Per Game: 8.4

Statistical Leaders

Iowa

Scoring: Luka Garza 25.5 PPG
Rebounds: Luka Garza 8.4 RPG
Assists: Jordan Bohannon 4.5 APG

Rutgers

Scoring: Ron Harper Jr. 16.8 PPG
Rebounds: Myles Johnson 8.9 RPG
Assists: Jacob Young 3.6 APG

Advanced Stats

Adjusted Offense
IOWA 125.6 (1) RUTGERS 110.6 (50)
Adjusted Defense
IOWA 99.3 (122) RUTGERS 90.8 (17)
Adjusted Tempo
IOWA 70.1 (94) RUTGERS 67.9 (205)
Adjusted Efficiency Margin
IOWA +26.36 (5) RUTGERS +19.80 (24)

Projected Outcome

Final: Iowa 80, Rutgers 74
Total Possessions: 69
Win Likelihood Percentage: 73%


Note: Advanced stats are taken from KenPom.com. National rankings are provided following each metric. Adjusted offense and defense metrics measure the points scored per 100 possessions, adjusted for quality of opponent, location and when it was played (more recent gets more weighting). Adjusted tempo is defined as total possessions divided by minutes, adjusted for schedule considering the preferred pace of each team.