2020-21 Season

Game 16: Rutgers at Michigan Preview

Michigan puts its perfect all-time record against Rutgers (12-0) on the line tonight at the Crisler Center (9:00 p.m., FS1). The Scarlet Knights have had an up-and-down season in Piscataway but are on the verge of punching their ticket to the NCAA Tournament.

Rutgers started the season 7-1 with wins over Illinois, Maryland and Syracuse, only to turn around and lose five games in a row in January. It felt like the whole thing was about to go off the rails before a narrow road win at Indiana spurred another 5-1 streak. Now Rutgers sits a game above .500 with a real chance to finish in the top half of the Big Ten.

Michigan has eyes for a Big Ten title but an uncertain path forward with games to be rescheduled and multiple remaining games against contenders. Ohio State looms on Sunday in what could be the Big Ten’s best regular-season game this season, but Steve Pikiell’s team is far too good to look past. Ranked 26th in KenPom, Rutgers is the third-best team that Michigan has faced this season.

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