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Ohio State is 4-1 all-time at the Rutgers Athletic Center
#16/16 Ohio State at Rutgers
Date: February 9, 2022
Time: 7 p.m.
Venue: Rutgers Athletic Center – Piscataway, N.J.
Listen: Ohio State Radio Network from Learfield
Live Stats: OhioStateBuckeyes.com
Game Notes: Ohio State | Rutgers
Rosters: Ohio State | Rutgers
Season Stats: Ohio State | Rutgers
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State begins a week on the road this Wednesday when the No. 16 Buckeyes head to New Jersey to take on Rutgers. The Buckeyes are 4-1 all-time in the RAC and will look to extend their win streak against Rutgers to four games. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. with Cory Provus and Robbie Hummel calling the action on BTN.
- This will be the lone meeting of the season between the two teams. Ohio State swept the season series last year and has won three consecutive games in the series.
- Overall, the Buckeyes are 10-3 all-time against Rutgers, including 4-1 at The RAC.
- Head coach Chris Holtmann holds a 6-1 record against the Scarlet Knights.
- For the third consecutive week, Ohio State is ranked No. 16 in both the AP and coaches polls
- After this week’s two road games, the Buckeyes will play six of their final eight regular season games at home where they are 10-0. That is the best start at home since the 2014-15 season. Ohio State is the lone Big Ten team undefeated at home this season.
- E.J. Liddell is coming off his fifth double-double of the season with 24 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and zero turnovers in the win over Maryland on Sunday.
- Liddell is the only player in the country averaging 19.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 3.0 assists per game. Over the last 30 seasons, only two players have averaged those numbers for a complete season and one of them was named Tim Duncan.
- Four times this season, Liddell has led the team in scoring, rebounding and assists in the same game, including in three of the last five games.
- Justin Ahrens broke out of a mini shooting slump vs. Maryland, connecting on 4-of-7 from long range. He is just 14 threes away from the Top 10 in program history.
- Zed Key was 6-of-7 shooting in the win over Maryland and finished with 14 points. That was his second-highest scoring output of the year and the most since scoring a career-high 20 vs. Duke on Nov. 30.
- Joey Brunk has made 10 of his last 11 shots since going 0-of-3 against Bowling Green in the first week of the season
- Malaki Braham is the only other Buckeye averaging in double figures at 10.5. He has made a three-pointer in eight of the last nine games and is shooting over 40 percent from beyond the arc.
- Jamari Wheeler eclipsed 600 career points on Sunday vs. Maryland and he is two assists away from 400 in his career.
- Through the first 14 games of the season, the Buckeyes were averaging nearly 13 turnovers per game. Over the last four, OSU is averaging 7.0 per game including a season-low six in each of the last three games.
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