Northwestern Wildcats vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights Prediction, 2/13/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Northwestern Wildcats vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Date: Saturday, February 13, 2021
Location: Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway, NJ
Odds/Point Spread: Northwestern (+8)
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights (11-7) play the Northwestern Wildcats (6-11) at Rutgers Athletic Center on Saturday. The spread on this game has Rutgers as 8-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 138.
Northwestern heads into this game with a record of 6-11 on the season. The Wildcats are hitting 36.2% on shots beyond the perimeter (149 of 412) and 72.6% from the free throw line. They have an average of 74.5 pts per game (109th in D-1) on 44.7% from the floor. They turn it over 11.2 times per game and as a squad they are committing 18.5 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Northwestern is collecting 33.9 rebounds per game and is sitting with 277 dimes on the year, which ranks 57th in Division 1 in terms of passing the rock. When they are on the defensive end, the Wildcats are forcing 12.5 turnovers per contest and they draw 16.8 fouls. They are surrendering 34.0% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 241st in college basketball in PPG from their opponents (72.5). The Wildcats are allowing a field goal percentage of 43.1% (425 of 987) and they concede 36.1 rebounds per game as a unit. They rank 276th in the country in giving up assists with 257 surrendered for the season.
The Northwestern Wildcats stepped onto the hardwood against the Indiana Hoosiers and took a loss by a score of 79-76 in their last game. Northwestern finished the game having earned a 42.6% FG percentage (29 of 68) and buried 10 of their 30 three-point attempts. From the charity stripe, the Wildcats converted 8 of their 12 tries for a percentage of 66.7%. When it comes to rebounding, they compiled a total of 32 with 5 of them being offensive. They also doled out 16 dimes for this game as well as getting 8 steals and 7 blocked shots. In relation to the defense, Northwestern allowed the other team to go 42.6% from the floor on 29 of 68 shooting. Indiana distributed 17 assists and had 9 steals for the contest. Additionally, the Hoosiers had 40 rebounds (11 offensive, 29 defensive) and added 7 blocked shots. Indiana went 71.1% from the charity stripe by knocking down 27 of 38 attempts. They also made 8 of their 24 shots from long range.
Chase Audige is one guy who was a contributor for the contest. He scored 19 points on 7 of 15 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 42 minutes and snagged 3 boards. Audige ended up shooting 46.7% from the floor and also dished out 4 assists. One more player that had an impact in the game for the Wildcats was Pete Nance. He had 7 boards and accumulated 2 dimes. He finished shooting 50.0% from the field for the matchup by connecting on 5-of-10 (12 points). Overall, Nance was on the court for 30 minutes.
Rutgers has a record of 11-7 this season. Rutgers has earned 1,301 pts this year (72.3 per contest) and they collect 35.9 rebounds per game. The Scarlet Knights are committing 17.4 fouls per contest and they hit 60.3% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the court, the Scarlet Knights are hitting on 46.3% from the field, which is ranked 81st in college basketball. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 14.8 times per game (91st in D-1) and they lose possession via turnover 11.2 times per game. The Scarlet Knights defensively are ranked 151st in college hoops in PPG given up with 68.9. They are forcing their opponents into 13.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 42.1% from the floor (130th in college basketball). The Rutgers defense concedes 32.9% on shots from beyond the perimeter (124 of 377) and their opponents are knocking down 72.2% of their free throw shots. They allow 13.6 assists and 35.9 rebounds on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 221st and 225th in D-1.
When they last played, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights took a defeat with a final score of 79-66 against the Iowa Hawkeyes. The Scarlet Knights were able to pull down 19 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 29 in this contest. They rejected 4 attempts while recording 6 steals in this contest. The Hawkeyes committed 13 fouls for the contest which got the Scarlet Knights to the free throw line for 6 attempts. They were able to make 4 of those for a rate of 66.7%. In regard to shots from beyond the perimeter, Rutgers made 6 of their 28 attempts (21.4%). When the final whistle blew, the Scarlet Knights finished 28 for 64 from the floor which had them shooting 43.8%. The Scarlet Knights allowed the Hawkeyes to make 26 of 60 attempts from the field which had them shooting 43.3% in this game. They finished 47.8% from 3-point land by shooting 11 of 23 and finished the contest at 16 of 20 from the charity stripe (80.0%). Regarding how they attacked the glass, Rutgers permitted Iowa to collect 38 in total (12 offensive).
Geo Baker ended up being a major contributor for the Scarlet Knights for the contest. He knocked down 5 of 12 in the game for a field goal rate of 41.7%, which gave him 11 points. Baker had 5 rebounds in his 30 minutes and had 5 dimes in this contest. One more player that ended up playing a role for Rutgers was Ron Harper. He accumulated 9 points in his 27 minutes on the hardwood by way of 4 of 9 from the floor for the contest. Harper ended the game having shot 44.4% from the floor as well as collecting 2 assists and 3 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Rutgers (-8)
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