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2021 NCAA Basketball Handicapping
(9-6) Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Northwestern Wildcats (6-8)
Date: Sunday January 31, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM ET
Venue: Welsh Ryan Center in Evanston, Illinois
Moneyline Odds: N/A
Betting Odds: Rutgers -4.0
Betting Total: O/U 140.5
Rutgers battles Northwestern Sunday night in a game between two Big Ten teams heading in opposite directions.
After a seemingly good start to the season, the Northwestern Wildcats have unraveled in recent weeks. The Wildcats have lost all six of their games this calendar year and have dropped seven in a row overall.
Rutgers is coming off it’s best defensive effort of the season in a win over Michigan State. The Scarlet Knights held the Spartans to 37 points in a 30 point victory.
Northwestern dropped their most recent game against Penn State 81-78. This loss puts Northwestern at 6-8 and 3-7 in conference play.
Northwestern is shooting 36 percent from the outside and is turning the ball over at the ninth lowest rate in college basketball.
The one area Northwestern will struggle in in this matchup is rebounding. The Wildcats have not done a good job of crashing the boards and that does not bode well against a Rutgers team that prides itself on the glass.
Northwestern has shot the ball well this season. They shot 49 percent against Penn State and 42 percent from deep. As mentioned above, they struggled on the glass and were out rebounded by Penn State 38-25.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Rutgers comes in 5-6 in conference play. They have the 66th most efficient offense in the country and are more known for their defense. The Scarlet Knights have had one of the top defenses in the nation for the last few years, as they regularly rank near the top of the country in rebounding, turnover rate, and block rate.
The Scarlet Knights have covered each of their last two games. The Knights are 2-3 ATS on the road this season.
Rutgers has held opponents to under 60 points a game in their last four contests. Geo Baker has helped give Rutgers its momentum back offensively in recent games. The Scarlet Knights shot 43 percent against Michigan State, with Baker adding 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Myles Johnson had a double double as well with 13 points and 14 rebounds.
- Scarlet Knights are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win.
- Scarlet Knights are 19-7-2 ATS in their last 28 games following a ATS win.
- Wildcats are 8-22-1 ATS in their last 31 games following a ATS win.
- Wildcats are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Wildcats are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Free Northwestern Wildcats vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights NCAAB Prediction:
This Northwestern team has gone off the rails the last few weeks, and Rutgers has looked very good over their last two road games. Ron Harper Jr. is one of the best players in the country averaging over 17.6 PPG.
Rutgers has the better all-around team in this spot, and it’s hard to take Northwestern here given they’ve allowed 78 PPG in conference play. Give me Rutgers here.
4* Free Northwestern Wildcats vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights Betting Pick: Rutgers -4.0
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