Rutgers vs. Indiana Pick
Will Indiana have any trouble at home when it takes on Rutgers today at Noon ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Indiana is favored at home today, as the Hoosiers are getting odds of -16 points against Rutgers. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 143 points. Indiana has won all three meetings with Rutgers in Big Ten play, but Rutgers is 2-1 against the spread in the three games.
Rutgers had a good start to the season, but things have tanked in Big Ten play. The Knights are 0-5 in conference play and have lost six straight to fall to 11-7 on the season. They are also just 1-5 against the spread in the last six games to move to 5-6-1 against the spread. The Knights are averaging just 67.9 points per game this season while allowing 65.2 points per game. Four Rutgers players are averaging 10.5 points or more with Deshawn Freeman putting up 11.7 points and 8.8 rebounds to lead the squad.
Indiana is coming off a 75-72 loss at Maryland for its four loss in five games. The Hoosiers are now 11-6 overall and 1-3 in the Big Ten. IU is also 1-4 against the spread in its last five games to fall to 7-8 against the spread. Indiana is averaging 85.1 points per game on offense this season while giving up 69.8 points per contest on defense. James Blackmon Jr. is leading the team with 17.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. Robert Johnson is adding 13.9 points per game as well.
Indiana and Rutgers are both struggling, so this is a tough call. The main concern for Rutgers is the offense. The Knights just don’t produce enough point to compete with the top Big Ten teams. Rutgers is averaging just 57.2 points per game in their last five outings. Indiana isn’t great right now, but the Hoosiers should be able to handle this Rutgers squad.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: INDIANA -16