Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Nebraska Cornhuskers Prediction, 3/1/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Nebraska Cornhuskers
Date: Monday, March 1, 2021
Location: Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, NE
Odds/Point Spread: Rutgers (-6.5)
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights (13-9) go to Pinnacle Bank Arena on Monday where they'll take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers (6-17). The spread on this game has Rutgers as 6.5-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 137.5.
Rutgers enters this game with a win-loss mark of 13-9 for the year. The Scarlet Knights are hitting 32.2% on shots from distance (138 of 428) and 62.3% from the charity stripe. They average 71.0 points per game (195th in the country) while connecting on 45.6% from the field. They are losing possession via turnover 11.1 times per game and as a unit are committing 17.3 personal fouls every game. As a team, Rutgers is grabbing 35.8 rebounds per contest and has accumulated 316 assists so far this season, which is 95th in D-1 in terms of passing. On the defensive end of the court, the Scarlet Knights are able to force 13.1 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 16.2 fouls. The Scarlet Knights defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 41.8% (526 of 1,259) and they relinquish 35.9 rebounds per game as a unit. They are currently ranked 234th in college hoops in giving up assists with 292 surrendered on the season. They are surrendering 33.4% on shots from beyond the arc and they rank 108th in college hoops in PPG allowed (67.8).
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights took the court against the Indiana Hoosiers and notched a win by a score of 74-63 in their last game. Rutgers walked away from the game having earned a 49.2% field goal percentage (30 out of 61) and converted 11 of their 28 3-point shots. From the free throw line, the Scarlet Knights made 3 of 6 shots for a percentage of 50.0%. Concerning hauling in rebounds, they compiled 37 with 6 of them being offensive. They also doled out 22 assists in this game while forcing 13 turnovers and getting 9 steals. In reference to the defense, Rutgers allowed the other team to shoot 36.1% from the floor on 22 out of 61 shooting. Indiana earned 15 assists and had 7 steals in this game. Additionally, Indiana had 34 rebounds (9 offensive, 25 defensive) and got 2 blocked shots. Indiana walked away from this one shooting 61.1% from the charity stripe by making 11 of their 18 shots. They knocked down 8 of 0 shots from beyond the arc.
Geo Baker is a guy who came through in the game. He recorded 20 points on 7 of 13 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 36 mins played and collected 5 rebounds. Baker finished 53.8% from the floor and distributed 10 assists. One more player that came through in this game for the Scarlet Knights was Ron Harper. He grabbed 8 rebounds in his 30 min on the basketball court. He ended up shooting 66.7% from the floor in this contest by shooting 8-of-12 (20 points). In all, Harper totaled 1 assist.
Nebraska has a mark of 6-17 so far this season. Nebraska has accounted for 1,609 points this season (70.0 per game) and they pull down 36.8 rebounds per game. The Cornhuskers commit 18.0 fouls per game and they go 62.8% from the charity stripe. On the offensive side of the court, the Cornhuskers are shooting 41.7% from the field, which ranks 298th in college hoops. They are dishing out assists 13.1 times per game (184th in college basketball) and they are losing possession via turnover 13.9 times per contest. The Cornhuskers defensively are ranked 266th in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 73.9. They surrender 14.0 assists and 40.3 boards per contest, which is ranked 255th and 339th in college basketball. The Nebraska defense surrenders 31.1% on shots from beyond the perimeter (203 of 653) and opponents are converting on 72.4% of their free throw attempts. They are forcing their opponents into 13.5 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 41.6% from the floor (93rd in the country).
For their last game, the Nebraska Cornhuskers walked away with a victory by a final of 78-74 against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The Cornhuskers were able to snag 30 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive boards for a total of 37 in this game. They also coughed up the ball 18 times, while getting 7 steals for this game. The Golden Gophers were called for 16 personal fouls in the game which got the Cornhuskers to the charity stripe for 16 tries. They were able to knock down 9 of the free throws for a rate of 56.3%. Regarding shooting from distance, Nebraska buried 9 of 17 attempts (52.9%). At the conclusion of this game, the Cornhuskers finished 30 for 55 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 54.5%. The Cornhuskers allowed the Golden Gophers to convert 24 out of their 70 tries from the floor which had them sitting at 34.3% in the game. They finished the game shooting 26.7% from 3-point land by shooting 8 of 30 and ended up going 18 out of 24 from the charity stripe (75.0%). With respect to how they attacked the glass, Nebraska permitted Minnesota to collect 32 in all (10 on the offensive side).
Derrick Walker was important for the Cornhuskers in the game. He knocked down 6 out of 10 in the matchup giving him a rate of 60.0%, and tallied 9 rebounds. Walker totaled 12 points in his 25 minutes on the hardwood and had 2 assists for the game. An additional guy who came through for Nebraska was Trey McGowens. He left the arena with 5 dimes in 31 mins on the court, and he knocked down 5 of 7 from the floor. McGowens walked away from this one going 71.4% from the field while also totaling 11 points and 4 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Nebraska (+6.5)
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