Michigan State No. 13 visits Rutgers after Mulcahy’s 31-point game

Michigan State Spartans (17-4, 8-2 Big Ten) vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (12-9, 6-5 Big Ten)

Piscataway, New Jersey; Saturday, 4 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Rutgers take on the No. 13 Michigan State Spartans after Paul Mulcahy scored 31 points in Rutgers’ 79-78 overtime loss to the Northwestern Wildcats.

The Scarlet Knights are 10-2 in home games. Rutgers is scoring 67.5 points while outscoring opponents by 2.6 points per game.

The Spartans are 8-2 against Big Ten opponents. Michigan State is 15-4 against teams over .500.

Saturday’s game is the first meeting this season for both teams in conference.

TOP PERFORMERS: Ron Harper Jr. is averaging 2.1 3-pointers per game for the Scarlet Knights, scoring 15.8 points while shooting 42.1 percent from beyond the arc. Clifford Omoruyi is averaging 11.1 points and 8.2 rebounds over the last 10 games for Rutgers.

Gabe Brown is averaging 12.8 points per game and averaging 4.4 rebounds for the Spartans. Max Christie is averaging 1.2 3-pointers in Michigan State’s last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Scarlet Knights: 6-4, averaged 68.0 points, 35.4 rebounds, 16.6 assists, 7.5 steals and 5.4 blocks per game while shooting 43.4 percent from the start. ground. Their opponents are averaging 62.7 points per game.

Spartans: 8-2, averaged 74.5 points, 33.4 rebounds, 16.5 assists, 6.4 steals and 5.5 blocks per game while shooting 47.4 percent from the field. Their opponents average 67.3 points.

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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