Indiana Hoosiers vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights Prediction, 2/24/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Indiana Hoosiers vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Location: Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway, NJ
Odds/Point Spread: Indiana (+3)
Rutgers Athletic Center is the site where and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (12-9) will play the Indiana Hoosiers (12-10) on Wednesday. Rutgers opens this contest as 3-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 133.5.
Indiana will take the court with a record of 12-10 on the year. They have an average of 72.5 points per game (154th in D-1) while hitting 44.8% from the floor. The Hoosiers are hitting 34.6% on 3-point shots (137 of 396) and 66.7% from the charity stripe. As a team, Indiana is pulling down 35.1 rebounds per game and is sitting with 317 dimes on the year, which has them ranked 60th in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. They are turning it over 12.2 times per game and as a group are committing 18.2 fouls per contest. On the defensive end of the court, the Hoosiers are able to force 12.3 turnovers per game and they draw 20.3 personal fouls. They relinquish 33.8% from beyond the arc and they rank 165th in Division 1 in points per game allowed (69.7). The Hoosiers are allowing an opponent FG percentage of 42.2% (534 of 1,264) and they relinquish 35.3 rebounds per contest as a group. They are 183rd in college basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 249 relinquished so far this year.
The Indiana Hoosiers faced the Michigan State Spartans and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 78-71 in their last game. Indiana ended the game with a 43.9% field goal percentage (25 of 57) and converted 4 of their 19 3-pointers. At the charity stripe, the Hoosiers buried 17 of their 24 attempts for a percentage of 70.8%. When discussing grabbing rebounds, they collected 28 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 14 assists in this game while having 10 steals and 3 blocks. When it comes to the defense, Indiana let their opponent shoot 43.9% from the floor on 25 of 57 shooting. Michigan State dished out 12 assists and had 4 steals in this contest. Furthurmore, the Spartans grabbed 31 rebounds (11 offensive, 20 defensive) and had 3 blocks. Michigan State shot 86.7% from the free throw line by knocking down 13 of 15 attempts. They also made 7 of their 17 shots from 3-point land.
Trayce Jackson-Davis is one guy who was a factor in the game. He scored 34 points on 11 of 18 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 37 minutes played and grabbed 9 boards. Jackson-Davis finished the game at 61.1% from the field and also distributed 2 assists. An additional guy that was a factor in the game for the Hoosiers was Race Thompson. He pulled down 6 boards and also had 2 dimes. He went 63.6% from the floor in this matchup by shooting 7-of-11 (15 points). At the conclusion of this game, Thompson was on the court for 30 minutes.
Rutgers has a record of 12-9 on the year. The Scarlet Knights have committed 17.4 fouls per game and they shoot 62.5% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 14.0 times per game (121st in college hoops) and they lose possession via turnover 11.0 times per contest. Rutgers has 1,488 points for the year (70.9 per contest) and they pull down 35.7 rebounds per game. As an offense, the Scarlet Knights are hitting on 45.4% from the floor, which ranks 115th in the country. The Scarlet Knights on the defensive end are ranked 116th in college hoops in points per game surrendered with 68.0. The Rutgers defense allows 32.9% on shots from distance (142 of 431) and their opponents are converting on 71.5% of their free throw attempts. They concede 13.2 dimes and 35.7 total boards per game, which has them ranked 197th and 217th in college hoops. They are able to force 13.1 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 42.1% from the field (125th in college basketball).
The last time they took the court, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights went home defeated by a final of 68-59 against the Maryland Terrapins. The Scarlet Knights corralled 23 defensive boards and 7 offensive boards totaling 30 for this contest. They rejected 2 attempts while earning 6 steals in this contest. The Terrapins had 14 fouls for the game which got the Scarlet Knights to the charity stripe for 14 shots. They were able to knock down 12 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 85.7%. Concerning shooting from downtown, Rutgers converted 5 of their 22 tries (22.7%). When all was said and done, the Scarlet Knights finished 21 for 55 from the field which had them sitting at 38.2%. The Scarlet Knights allowed the Terrapins to knock down 22 of their 47 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 46.8% in this game. They wrapped up this game 30.0% from distance by going 6 out of 20 and finished the game at 18 of 28 at the free throw line (64.3%). In regard to cleaning up the glass, Rutgers permitted Maryland to grab 30 overall (6 on the offensive side).
Geo Baker ended up being important for the Scarlet Knights in this matchup. He made 5 of 10 in the matchup for a field goal rate of 50.0%, which earned him 12 points. Baker pulled down 8 boards in his 34 minutes played and added 2 assists for this contest. An additional guy that ended being a contributor for Rutgers was Paul Mulcahy. He finished with 7 points in 29 minutes on the hardwood by way of 3 out of 5 shooting for this contest. Mulcahy ended the game having shot 60.0% from the field and also collecting 2 assists and 2 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Rutgers (-3)
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