Iowa Hawkeyes vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights Prediction, 1/8/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Iowa Hawkeyes vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Date: Sunday, January 8, 2023
Location: Jersey Mike’s Arena in Piscataway, NJ
TV: Youtube TV
Jersey Mike’s Arena is the location where the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (11-4) will meet the Iowa Hawkeyes (9-6) on Sunday.
The Iowa Hawkeyes took the court against Penn State and took a loss by a final of 83-79 in their last contest. Iowa ended the contest having earned a 44.4% FG percentage (28 of 63) and buried 7 of their 25 3-pointers. From the free throw line, the Hawkeyes made 16 of their 22 shots for a rate of 72.7%. In regard to pulling down rebounds, they compiled 32 with 9 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 18 dimes in this game in addition to creating 9 turnovers and having 3 steals. When it comes to the defense, Iowa allowed the other team to shoot 54.5% from the floor on 30 out of 55 shooting. Penn State distributed 12 assists and had 5 steals for the contest. Moreover, Penn State grabbed 27 boards (1 offensive, 26 defensive), but wasn't able to put a block in the stat sheet. Penn State finished the game at 87.5% at the free throw line by converting 14 of 16 tries. They also buried 9 out of their 19 tries from distance. Concerning fouls, the Hawkeyes ended up finishing with 15 while Penn State finished the game with 19 fouls.
Kris Murray is a player who was a major factor for this contest. He notched 32 points on 12 of 20 shooting. He was on the court for 40 mins and collected 9 rebounds. He finished the game at 60.0% from the floor and totaled 3 dimes.
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Iowa enters this game with a record of 9-6 for the season. They cough up possession 10.1 times per game and as a unit they commit 14.1 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Iowa is snagging 39.3 boards per contest and has 253 dimes this year, which is 29th in college hoops in terms of passing. The Hawkeyes are connecting on 32.0% on shots from beyond the arc (113 of 353) and 72.8% from the charity stripe. They average 81.7 pts per contest (23rd in the country) on 44.8% from the field.
When they are on defense, the Hawkeyes are forcing their opponents into 13.5 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 19.7 fouls. They are giving up 32.9% on 3-pointers while they are 269th in Division 1 in PPG allowed (72.5). The Hawkeyes defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 45.0% (425 of 944) and they relinquish 36.3 rebounds per game as a group. They currently rank 254th in Division 1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 209 relinquished for the season.
When they last stepped on the court, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights walked away with a victory by a final of 64-50 when they played Maryland. The Scarlet Knights were able to corral 19 defensive boards and 7 offensive boards for a total of 26 in the game. They also gave up possession of the ball 12 times, while earning 11 steals for the contest. Maryland was called for 17 fouls for the game which got the Scarlet Knights to the free throw line for a total of 14 tries. They were able to bury 12 of those for a rate of 85.7%. Pertaining to shooting from downtown, Rutgers converted 6 of their 17 tries (35.3%). When this game wrapped up, the Scarlet Knights ended up shooting 23 out of 51 from the floor which had them at 45.1%. The Scarlet Knights permitted Maryland to knock down 19 out of 46 tries from the floor which had them shooting 41.3% in the game. They wrapped up this game 36.4% from three-point range by connecting on 8 out of 22 and ended up going 4 out of 9 from the charity stripe (44.4%). Regarding rebounding, Rutgers permitted Maryland to grab 25 in total (9 on the offensive side).
Paul Mulcahy was important for the Scarlet Knights in this matchup. He totaled 15 points in his 32 minutes on the court and added 1 assist in the game. He made 6 of 6 in the game for a field goal percentage of 100.0%, but went home without a rebound.
Rutgers has a win-loss record of 11-4 so far this season. The Scarlet Knights commit 16.0 personal fouls every game and they shoot 73.5% from the charity stripe. Their rate of earning assists is at 15.5 times per game (56th in the country) and they cough up possession 12.3 times per game. Rutgers has totaled 1,079 pts on the campaign (71.9 per contest) and they average 38.5 rebounds per contest. When it comes to offense, the Scarlet Knights are connecting on 44.3% from the field, which ranks them 198th in the country.
The Scarlet Knights defensively are ranked 4th in Division 1 in PPG allowed with 54.9. They are forcing their opponents into 17.2 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 36.6% from the field (5th in college basketball). The Rutgers defense allows 25.7% on three-point shots (88 of 342) and their opponents are knocking down 65.9% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have surrendered 10.4 assists and 33.2 boards per contest, which is 40th and 128th in college hoops.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Iowa
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