Michigan vs. Rutgers Pick

College Basketball Predictions: Will Michigan cover vs. Rutgers? 1/21/18

Can No. 23 Michigan pick up a lopsided win at home when the Wolverines take on Rutgers today at Noon ET?

According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Michigan is favored heavily at home today, as the Wolverines are getting odds of -12 points against Rutgers. The over/under total for the contest has yet to be listed. Today’s game takes place from the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan and will air live on the Big Ten Network.

Michigan is coming off a 72-52 loss at Nebraska this week. The Wolverines are 16-5 overall, 5-3 in the Big Ten and 11-8-1 against the spread. U-M is averaging 73.8 points per game on offense while allowing 63.2 per contest. Charles Matthews is leading Michigan with 14.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game while Mortiz Wagner is adding 14.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per contest.

Rutgers is coming off an 80-64 win at home over Rutgers for just its second win in seven games. The Knights are 12-8 overall, 2-5 in the Big Ten and 8-4 against the spread. Rutgers is averaging 68.2 points per game while allowing 63.4 per contest. Corey Sanders has been leading the team with 14.4 points per game while Deshawn Freeman is adding 11.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.

Bet on Rutgers vs. Michigan

Michigan has won five straight meetings with Rutgers, but the Knights have covered the spread in the last two meetings. The Wolverines have bounced back well from losses this season, covering in every game after. Michigan should bounce back nicely at home against this Rutgers team. The Knights are going to be without their fourth-leading scorer, Mike Williams, due to an ankle injury. I don’t see Rutgers being able to put up a big offense number in Ann Arbor, which should allow Michigan to cover. The public betting is siding with Michigan as well today.

CBB DAILY PREDICTION: MICHIGAN -12

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