Michigan vs. Rutgers Pick
Can Michigan pick up a rare road victory when it heads to Rutgers tonight for a 6:30PM ET contest?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Michigan is favored on the road, as the Wolverines are getting odds of -8 points against Rutgers. The over/under total for the game is listed at 129.5 points. Michigan has won four straight over Rutgers, covering the spread in three of the four victories.
Michigan is coming off an 83-78 OT loss at Minnesota this weekend to fall to 17-10 overall and 7-7 in the Big Ten. The Wolverines have only one road win this season as well. They are also 4-6 against the spread away from home and 10-14 ATS on the season. Michigan is averaging 74.3 points per game on offense while allowing 65.9 on defense. However, on the road, Michigan averages just 70.1 on offense and allows 77.2 on defense. Derrick Walton Jr. is averaging 14.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4 assists per game to lead Michigan while Zak Irvin is adding 12.7 points per game.
Rutgers has lost four straight, including a 69-65 loss at Northwestern this weekend. The Knights are 13-15 overall and 2-13 in the Big Ten. They are 10-11-1 against the spread on the season and just 2-5-1 ATS at home. Rutgers is averaging 65.4 points per game on offense while allowing just 67.1 on defense. At home the Knights average 69.9 on offense and give up 64.2 on defense. Corey Sanders is averaging 13 points and 3.4 assists per game to lead the team while Nigel Johnson and Deshawn Freeman each add 11 points per game.
This is an interesting matchup, a bad road team against a bad home team. While the Knights have better numbers at home than they do on the road, they have lost their last two at home by double digits. While Michigan has been playing better as of late, giving up 8 points to a team that has won just one true road game this season is concerning.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: RUTGERS +8