Wisconsin Badgers vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights Prediction, 1/15/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Wisconsin Badgers vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Date: Friday, January 15, 2021
Location: Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway, NJ
Odds/Point Spread: Wisconsin (-2)
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights (7-4) play the Wisconsin Badgers (10-3) at Rutgers Athletic Center on Friday. Wisconsin opens this game as 2-point favorites. The O/U is set at 135.
Wisconsin will enter this contest with a win-loss record of 10-3 on the season. They cough up possession 8.3 times per game and as a group are committing 15.5 fouls per game. As a team, Wisconsin is grabbing 34.9 boards per contest and has racked up 182 dimes for the season, which ranks 45th in the nation in terms of passing the rock. The Badgers are shooting 40.5% on 3-pointers (113 of 279) and 75.5% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 74.8 points per game (128th in the country) while connecting on 44.9% from the field. On defense, the Badgers are forcing 12.0 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.1 fouls. They surrender 34.6% on three-point shots and they are 33rd in college hoops in opponents PPG (62.7). The Badgers defense is giving up a FG percentage of 40.0% (291 of 728) and they surrender 33.3 rebounds per game as a unit. They currently rank 242nd in college hoops in giving up assists to the opposition with 147 conceded so far this year.
The Wisconsin Badgers stepped onto the hardwood against the Michigan Wolverines and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 77-54 in their last contest. Wisconsin finished the contest having earned a 30.8% field goal percentage (20 of 65) and made 9 out of their 28 3-point shots. When they shot from the free throw line, the Badgers buried 5 of their 6 tries for a rate of 83.3%. Pertaining to rebounding, they collected a total of 28 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 8 dimes in this contest as well as having 4 steals and 2 rejections. When it comes to defending, Wisconsin allowed their opponent to shoot 30.8% from the field on 20 of 65 shooting. Michigan totaled 13 assists and had 6 steals for the game. In addition, the Wolverines grabbed 41 rebounds (8 offensive, 33 defensive) and had 2 blocks. Michigan shot 100.0% from the free throw line by making 4 of their 4 shots. They made 9 of 16 attempts from 3-point range.
D'Mitrik Trice is someone who came through for the contest. He had 20 points on 7 of 13 shooting. He played 35 minutes played and also collected 2 rebounds. Trice walked away from this one shooting 53.8% from the field and totaled 2 dimes. One more player that was a major factor in the matchup for the Badgers was Micah Potter. He snagged 6 boards and totaled 2 assists. He finished the game shooting 45.5% from the field in this matchup via 5-of-11 (12 points). When the final whistle blew, Potter was on the court for 24 min.
Rutgers has a win-loss mark of 7-4 for the season. Rutgers has scored 833 points so far this season (75.7 per contest) and they collect 36.5 rebounds per game. The Scarlet Knights commit 17.4 fouls every game while shooting 58.0% from the free throw line. As an offense, the Scarlet Knights are hitting on 46.9% from the floor, which is 85th in Division 1. They are earning an assist 15.7 times per contest (66th in the nation) and they are losing possession via turnover 10.2 times per contest. The Scarlet Knights defensively are ranked 218th in college hoops in points per game surrendered with 71.9. They are forcing 13.0 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 43.3% from the floor (186th in the country). The Rutgers defense gives up 32.6% on 3-point shots (77 of 236) and their opposition knocks down 72.8% of their free throw attempts. They have surrendered 13.8 assists and 37.0 rebounds every game, which ranks them 239th and 252nd in college hoops.
The last time they took the hardwood, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights took a defeat with a final score of 79-68 when they played the Ohio State Buckeyes. The Scarlet Knights were able to collect 19 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds for a total of 27 in the matchup. They also rejected 3 attempts while recording 8 steals in the game. The Buckeyes were called for 14 fouls in the game which got the Scarlet Knights to the charity stripe for a total of 10 attempts. They were able to bury 5 of the free throws for a percentage of 50.0%. In terms of 3-point shots, Rutgers knocked down 5 of their 20 attempts (25.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Scarlet Knights ended up shooting 29 for 66 from the floor which had them sitting at 43.9%. The Scarlet Knights permitted the Buckeyes to convert 25 out of their 49 attempts from the field which left them with a rate of 51.0% for the game. They wrapped up this game 41.7% from beyond the arc via 10 of 24 and finished the game at 19 of 28 from the charity stripe (67.9%). In reference to rebounds, Rutgers permitted Ohio State to collect 38 in total (8 offensive).
Jacob Young ended up having an impact for the Scarlet Knights in the matchup. He converted 9 out of 15 in this matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 60.0%, which earned him 19 points. Young snagged 2 rebounds in his 30 mins and tallied 2 dimes for this game. One more player that ended being a contributor for Rutgers was Caleb McConnell. He ended up scoring 12 points in 23 minutes on the hardwood via 4 out of 9 from the floor for the game. McConnell walked away from this one going 44.4% from the field while contributing 3 dimes and 4 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Wisconsin (-2)
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