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Where: Rutgers Athletic Center
When: Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 7:00 pm ET
We have a Big Ten matchup to discuss for Wednesday evening when the Indiana Hoosiers meet the Rutgers Scarlet Knights for an evening of Big Ten college hoops. Indiana is 3-2 in conference play and enters this matchup riding a two-game winning streak. Rutgers is also 3-2 in the Big Ten and suffered a road loss to Illinois in their last contest.
Indiana Upsets Ohio StateIndiana is 3-2 in the conference and boasts an overall record of 13-3. The Hoosiers have won three of its last five games and Kenneth Pomeroy ranks the Hoosiers offense at number 39 and the defense as the forty-second in the country. Wednesday marks the first of a two-game road trip that includes a Saturday matchup with Nebraska and a victory would be a nice start for this trip.
🎥: Highlights from today's win against Ohio State. pic.twitter.com/XgdrbxVOuV— Indiana Basketball (@IndianaMBB) January 11, 2020
The Hoosiers score an average of 76.2 points while allowing 66.2 points per game and is shooting 46 percent from the field, 31 percent from downtown and 68 percent from the charity stripe this season.
Indiana has four players scoring in double figures and is led by freshman forward Trayce Jackson. Jackson averages 14.6 points per game with a team-high eight rebounds and leads the team with 2.1 blocked shots per game. Jackson is coming off a foul-plagued, six-point, three rebound game in the Hoosiers upset victory over the eleventh ranked Ohio State Buckeyes.
Rutgers Fall to IllinoisRutgers is 3-2 in conference play and boasts a 12-4 overall record this season. The Scarlet Knights just saw its seven-game winning streak snapped with their conference road loss to Illinois. Kenneth Pomeroy ranks the Rutgers offense at number 96 with a defense ranked thirteenth in the nation thus far this season. Rutgers enjoys a two-game homestand with Minnesota coming to town on Sunday and the Scarlet Knights would love to start their homestand with a victory.
The Scarlet Knights score an average of 72.2 points per game and allow a thirteenth best 59.4 points per game this season. Rutgers makes 46.3 percent of its field goal attempts, 29.7 percent of its triple tries and drops 64.7 percent of its free-throw attempts this season.
Rutgers has two players scoring in double figures and is led by sophomore guard Ron Harper Jr. The sophomore guard averages 12.2 points per game with 6.2 caroms and is knocking down 29 percent of his triple attempts this season. Harper spent most of his last game in foul trouble, finishing with nine points and five rebounds in the Scarlet Knights road loss to Illinois.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I will take the Scarlet Knights in this matchup. They have one of the best defenses in the country and is a perfect 10-0 at home this season. Indiana is coming off a huge upset over the Ohio State Buckeyes and they might be in for a let down on Wednesday night. This game should be a close one but I have Rutgers winning at home by five points. I will take the Rutgers Scarlet Knights to defeat the Indiana Hoosiers in this matchup.
Full-Game Total Pick
My math has this one ending at 135 points and that seems to fall a little bit on the high side. Neither side is explosive enough on the offensive end to blow the other team out and both teams play at a below-average tempo. That means there likely won’t be enough possessions to exceed 135 points. The Scarlet Knights allow a thirteenth in the nation best 59.4 points per game and the Hoosiers offense is going to have a difficult time scoring the basketball. I will play the UNDER at 135 points and above in this matchup.