I just don't have a good feeling about this one. I think Rutgers is an outstanding basketball team, but fans are looking at the front of the uniform and figuring that it's Rutgers, we'll be fine. We've won games vs then, but they all been tight. This would be a massive win. Harper Jr. is a guy that's a matchup nightmare for us(and most teams). This is going to come down to free throw shooting, getting stops and playmaking at the end.
This could all be a case of Illini-itus for me though.
Really think McConnell is the key to this game, Baker is out, Harper will force alot of things imo, plus I think Kipper can keep up with him hopefully as well as Giorgi on inside if needed. McConnell is our matchup issue when Griffin is not in the game. He will be to quick for Williams, Ayo could check him as well.
Rutgers is very much improved and won six in a row. That being said the only road W is vs Nebraska. We need to win this one and i expect us to win especailly with them being without Baker. 80-69 Go Illini