Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Hoosiers vs. Scarlet Knights CBB Odds
Looking for Indiana Hoosiers vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights NCAA basketball free picks & CBB odds? CBB betting sees the Hoosiers taking on the Scarlet Knights on Thursday, March 11th, 2021 in the Big 10 Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all college basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily basketball predictions like this Hoosiers Scarlet Knights matchup.
2021 NCAA Basketball Handicapping
Big 10 Tournament
(12-14) Indiana Hoosiers vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (14-10)
Date: Thursday March 11th, 2021
Time: 6:30 PM ET
Venue: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Rutgers -2
CBB Betting Total: 131
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Indiana and Rutgers both escaped having to play on the opening day of the Big Ten Tournament, but they’ll meet up right away in round 2. Rutgers is a -3 favorite, even the tourney is being held in Indiana.
The reason the Hoosiers aren’t getting any love in their own state is because they’ve lost five straight down the stretch. The Scarlet Knights aren’t exactly scorching hot either though.
Just having a losing streak isn’t something to hold against Indiana, but the way they’re doing it is signs of a free fall. IU has failed to cover the spread in each of their last five games, losing each by at least 6.
One of Indiana’s biggest losses on their recent stretch is 63-74 at Rutgers on February 24th. The Scarlet Knights also won in Bloomington for the first time ever this season, 74-70 on January 24th.
A lot of Indiana’s success depends on whether or not Armaan Franklin can go or not. The Hoosiers have lost by 16, 6, and 9 points in the three games that Franklin has missed with an ankle injury.
The Hoosiers shouldn’t be counted out just because Franklin is out. They have the #4 scorer in the Big Ten in Trayce Jackson-Davis, who has had 21 and 13 points in two games vs. Rutgers.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Rutgers is in a good spot for Thursday’s game. Franklin could be out and it looks like Jackson-Davis has hit a freshman wall in scoring just 10, 9, and 12 points the last three games.
Jackson-Davis isn’t the only one struggling to find his scoring touch, as Ron Harper Jr has been held to a dozen or less in four of the last five. Jacob Young has picked up some slack with 23 vs. Minnesota last time out. He’s got to be considered Rutgers’ #1 scoring option right now.
The Scarlet Knights ranked just 9th in the Big Ten in scoring this season, but their defense benefitted from the slower tempo in ranking 5th in points allowed. IU was very middle-of-the-pack, 8th offensively and 7th on defense.
They always say it’s hard to beat a team three times in a season. Does that give Indiana value here after Rutgers has taken the first two this season? The Scarlet Knights just lost to Nebraska by 21 on March 1st, but did bounce back with a 77-70 win at Minnesota.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Hoosiers are 0-5 ATS last 5 overall
- Under is 5-2 in Hoosiers last 7 neutral site games
- Under is 5-2 in Scarlet Knights last 7 overall
Free Indiana Hoosiers vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights NCAAB Prediction:
This came could really go either way, as neither team does anything beyond mediocre. Both games have gone over 130 this season, but this could also be lower scoring with the pressure of a tournament and the neutral court.
Ultimately defense will prevail in this one. Rutgers should be able to cover the point spread, but Indiana is playing on familiar turf and in their home state. Might be closer than people think.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Under 130
Rutgers defense and slow pace combined with a subpar Indiana offense.
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