Northwestern Wildcats vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights CBB Pick - Betting Analysis
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights (12-15) host the Northwestern Wildcats (15-11) in a Big 10 game at the Louis Brown Athletic Center Piscataway, New Jersey on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at 9:00 PM ET. On the NCAA odds board, Northwestern is the 3-point road favorite with the total offered up at 126 points.
In their latest, Northwestern traveled to Maryland where they embarrassed 3-57 by the Terrapins. The Wildcats 16-point loss had their backers tearing up their NW +4.5 tickets and the poor offensive display made UNDER bettors happy falling 3.5 points below the closing total line. Scottie Lindsey was the high scorer for the Wildcats with 20 points on 8 of 20 shooting, and he and Dererk Pardon (12 points 8 rebounds) were the only two players for the team to go for double figures. Kevin Huerter led the Terrapins with 22 points on 7 of 12 shooting and four of five starters for the team went for double digits. Northwestern shot just 33.3% from the floor, and the defense allowed Maryland to shoot 52.9%. Northwestern had won two in a row before the loss to Maryland, and the standings show them at 6-7 conference games this campaign.
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Rutgers was on the road in their last game where they were quickly dispatched by Nebraska 67-55. Corey Sanders was the high scorer for the Scarlet Knights with 14 points on only 6 of 17 shooting missing all five of his 3-pointers, and Deshawn Freeman picked up 12 points and seven rebounds as the only other starter for the team to score in double figures. James Palmer Jr. was the leading point getter for the Cornhuskers with 15 points on 5/12 shooting. Four of five starters for the Terrapins went for double figures, and 14 players saw action in the double-digit win. Rutgers for the game had a 34.8 FG%, and the defense allowed Nebraska to shoot 45.5% from the floor. The Scarlet Knights failed to cover the spread as a 9-point underdog, and the combined 122 points scored in the game fell well short of the 130.5 total. The loss by Rutgers extended their losing streak to seven games and their last ten mark to 1-9. The Scarlet Knights find themselves in the basement of the Big 10 with a 2-12 W/L record.
Northwestern ranks 265th in the nation in ppg and 35th in opponents’ ppg and Rutgers is ranked 329th in ppg and tied for 14th in opponents’ ppg.
This game is the first meeting of the season between these teams and last season Northwestern beat Rutgers three times including beating them in the conference tournament.
This season Northwestern is 10-13 ATS with an O/U record of 7-16 and Rutgers is 9-10 ATS with an O/U record of 7-11-1.
[F] 12/11/2017 - Rapolas Ivanauskas is out for season ( Shoulder )
[F] 01/31/2018 - Eugene Omoruyi is out indefinitely ( Knee )
[G] 01/16/2018 - Mike Williams is out indefinitely ( Ankle )
Northwestern at Rutgers NCAAB Key Betting Trends
- NW is 2-6 ATS in their last eight road games
- NW is 10-3 ATS in their previous 13 games after a straight up loss
- NW has an Under record of 4-1 in their last five road games
- RUT is 9-4 ATS in their previous 13 home games
- RUT is 1-6 ATS in their last seven games
- RUT has an Under record of 5-2 in their previous seven games
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Northwestern at Rutgers O/U Prediction 2/13/2018
I’m going to chalk up Northwestern’s inept previous game to ‘head swell" from their victory over Michigan in their previous game. Heading into that game, they had won four of five with quality defensive play holding the opposition to 61 points or fewer in all four victories. I look for them to get back on track defensively against the Scarlet Knights who have averaged a weak 57.86 points in Big Ten matches this season. Eight of the last nine games played by the Wildcats have resulted in UNDERS, and I think that will be nine of ten after tonight.
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