Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Hawkeyes vs. Scarlet Knights CBB Odds
Looking for Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights NCAA basketball free picks & CBB odds? CBB betting sees the Hawkeyes taking on the Scarlet Knights on Wednesday, February 10th at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa. 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 Hawkeyes Scarlet Knights matchup.
2021 NCAA Basketball Handicapping
(13-6) #15 Iowa Hawkeyes vs. #25 Rutgers Scarlet Knights (11-6)
Date: Wednesday, February 10th, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM ET
Venue: Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Iowa -6.0
CBB Betting Total: O/U 152.0
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Two Big Ten teams heading in opposite directions square off Wednesday as the Iowa Hawkeyes take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.
The Iowa Hawkeyes have lost fur out of their last five games and were bounced out of the top-10 for the first time this season.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights, on the other hand, can move in front of the Hawkeyes in the Big Ten with a win Wednesday.
The Iowa Hawkeyes seem to be wearing out as the season drags on. They have played four games in nine days and went 1-3 during that span.
Defense continues to be a major concern for the Hawkeyes. They are ranked number one in offensive efficiency but are outside of the top-100 on the other end, giving up 99.3 points per 100 possessions, via KenPom. They have allowed teams to shoot over 45% from the floor in their last four losses and are 253rd in the nation in opponents 3-point percentage
While Luka Garza is still the best player in college basketball, his dominance has been diminished in recent games. The near 7-footer shot just 6-of-18 in the Hawkeyes loss to Indiana Sunday. His last two games have been his lowest scoring outputs of the year.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have won four straight games and are now 11-6 for the year. The Scarlet Knights have revived their season during this winning streak and have played exceptionally well on both ends.
The Scarlet Knights have a top-20 defense, allowing just 68 points per 100 possessions, according to KenPom. Defense has been a traditional positive for the Knights under coach Steve Pikiell. Rutgers is also blocking the 15th most shots in the country and rarely allows any easy baskets.
Rutgers has shot the ball 49.1 percent from the field during the last four games have done a good job attacking the basket for easy layups.
Ron Harper Jr. has been the star for Rutgers, but Myles Johnson may be the x-factor for this team. The big man averages around 9 points and 9 rebounds a game while blocking 2.5 shots a night as well.
CBB Betting Trends:
Hawkeyes are 19-5-2 ATS in their last 26 home games.
Hawkeyes are 13-4 ATS in their last 17 games following a straight up loss.
Scarlet Knights are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Over is 9-4 in Hawkeyes last 13 home games.
Home team is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Free Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights NCAAB Prediction:
As much as the Hawkeyes have been struggling of late, this is still a spot where they should cover. Iowa is better than what their number-15 rank would indicate. The Hawkeyes are still the best offensive team in the country and do a great job of protecting the basketball, which should mitigate the defense of Rutgers.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Iowa -6.0, Over 152
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