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Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Maryland Terrapins Pick & Prediction, Sat Jan 15 02:00 PM

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Rutgers has been two different teams this year -- the juggernaut that dominates at home and the distracted, sketchy outfit that shows up on the road.

On Saturday afternoon, Rutgers (9-6, 3-2 Big Ten) will try to discover what it takes to win away from Piscataway, N.J., when it travels to Maryland (9-7, 1-4).

At home, the Scarlet Knights are 9-1, including a December victory over then-No. 1 Purdue. But that doesn't square with their 0-5 record on the road, which includes two unsightly defeats in the conference -- 86-51 at Illinois on Dec. 3 and 66-49 at Penn State on Tuesday.

Before the most recent game was 10 minutes old, Rutgers was down by 12. Overall, the Nittany Lions outshot the Scarlet Knights from the floor, 43.3 percent to 33.9 percent; the 3-point arc, 33.3 percent to 26.3 percent; and the free-throw line, 80 percent to 50 percent.

"They punched us early," Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell said. "I didn't want to settle for jump shots in this game, I wanted us driving downhill. We've been sharing the ball at an epic level. We didn't have that tonight."

The Scarlet Knights notched Big Ten road wins last year at Northwestern, Maryland, Minnesota and Indiana. They also won first-round games in Indianapolis in both the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments. With a veteran lineup led by Ron Harper Jr. (15.7 points, 6.9 rebounds per game) and Geo Baker (11.5 points, 4.1 assists), performing well on the road is a reasonable expectation.

Maryland came through away from home on Wednesday night, posting a 94-87 double-overtime win at Northwestern. Eric Ayala notched career highs in points (26) and rebounds (11), while Fatts Russell scored 21 of his 23 points after intermission.

In snapping a three-game skid, the Terrapins blew a six-point lead at the end of regulation when they surrendered six points in a four-second span. However, Maryland recovered in the second extra session.

"This game is a testament of what we've been going through all year. We've gone through a lot of adversity. This is the fight that we have," Russell said. "I feel like we're gonna get this thing rolling in the second half of the season."

--Field Level Media

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights
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70
Maryland Terrapins

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Maryland Terrapins Recap JAN 15TH 2022

Ron Harper Jr. made five 3-pointers in the final 10 minutes, finishing with a career-high 31 points as Rutgers earned its first road victory of the season, 70-59 at Maryland, Saturday afternoon in College Park, Md.

In winning for the first time in six road games, (Rutgers 10-6, 4-2 Big Ten) surged from 11 points down at halftime. Paul Mulcahy helped spark the comeback with 11 of his 15 points coming after the break.

Harper's consecutive 3-pointers midway through the half capped a 10-point run that gave the Scarlet Knights the lead. His biggest 3 came with 1:14 left and put Rutgers in front 65-57.

Maryland (9-7, 1-5) was paced by Eric Ayala, who scored 13 points. Donta Scott contributed 12 points and Hakim Hart added 10 for the Terps, who went cold in the second half, hitting 7 of 28 shots (25 percent) and committing nine of their 14 turnovers.

Meanwhile, Rutgers made 15 of 30 shots (50 percent) in the second half, including 7 of 13 (53.8 percent) from beyond the arc.

A layup by Maryland's Fatts Russell tied it at 55-55 with 3:32 left but it would be the final field goal for the Terps as the Scarlet Knights outscored them 15-4 the rest of the way.

Geo Baker, who had eight points and seven assists, broke the tie with a driving layup and then found Mulcahy on the perimeter for his decisive 3-pointer. Baker also assisted on Harper's late 3. Over the final 47 seconds, Harper made 5 of 6 free throws.

In the opening minutes, Ayala made 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to help the Terps to a 13-4 lead. But Aundre Hyatt responded with 3-pointers on two straight trips as Rutgers tied it at 14.

Midway through the half, Maryland went on a 10-point run. Scott started it with a 3-pointer. Russell made three free throws and added a steal, which Ian Martinez turned into two more points. Scott then followed with a steal and a fastbreak layup for a 30-21 lead.

--Field Level Media

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