Planning on watching today’s Hoosiers and Scarlet Knights game? Catch the action at Jersey Mike’s Arena in Piscataway, NJ, as the Scarlet Knights hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on PEAC. The over/under for this game is set at 140.5 points, and the Scarlet Knights are the home favorites against the Hoosiers in a Big Ten conference matchup.
INDIANA HOOSIERS VS RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Rutgers Scarlet Knights -3
This game will be played at Jersey Mike’s Arena at 7:00 ET on Tuesday, January 9th.
WHY BET THE RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Scarlet Knights.
- Not only will Rutgers pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -3.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 140.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.
Can the Hoosiers Pull Off a Road Win?
Indiana enters this game as a 3-point underdog, and they have gone 2-4 as the underdog this season. They have an overall record of 11-4 this year, and they are 3-1 in Big Ten play.
On the road this season, the Hoosiers have gone 2-2, and they have gone 5-5 in their last 10 games away from home. In their last game, they defeated Ohio State 71-65.
As the underdog, Indiana has gone 3-3 vs. the spread this season and is 5-5 in their last 10 games as the underdog. On the road, their ATS mark is 1-2-1 and 3-6-1 in their last 10 road games.
The over/under record for Indiana this season is 8-7 and the average scoring total in their games is 149.2 points. Today’s over/under line of 140.5 is lower than their average OU line of 144.9 and so far this year, seven of their games have finished with less than 140.5 points. Over their last three games, their over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 159 points.
The Hoosiers’ offense wrapped up their last game with 71 points, aligning closely with their current season average of 75.5 points per contest. The top scorer for the Hoosiers was Malik Reneau with 23 points, while Xavier Johnson also added 18 to the scoreboard.
In terms of defense, Indiana is currently on par with the NCAA average for points allowed, giving up an average of 73.7 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 9.3 threes per game vs. Rutgers. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 33.0%.
Do the Scarlet Knights Have a Shot at a Home Win?
Despite their two-game losing streak, Rutgers has been a strong team at home this season, going 7-3. Over their last ten games at home, the Scarlet Knights are 7-3, and they have gone 7-2 as the favorite this season.
On the other hand, Rutgers has struggled on the road, going just 1-3 this season. Their average scoring margin on the road is -6.2, compared to +8.5 at home.
As the favorite this season, Rutgers has gone 4-5 vs. the spread. Over their last three games as the favorite, the Scarlet Knights are 0-3 ATS. At home this year, Rutgers has an ATS mark of 4-6 and they are just 1-4 ATS in their last five home games. Overall, their ATS record is 6-8.
This season, the over/under record for Rutgers games is 4-10, and today’s line of 140.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (136.9). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 142 points, and during their last five games, the average is 140 points. So far, 10 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line.
Rutgers recently showcased a strong offensive performance, scoring 77 points against Iowa. This output exceeded their season average of 68.5 points per game. Coming into the game, the Scarlet Knights offense has strugled with their outside shot this season, hitting threes at a rate of just 29%. On average, they get up 20.6 three-point attempts per game and are averaging 14.6 made free-throws.
This season, the Rutgers defense has been impressive, holding the 34th position in the country while permitting an average of 64.2 points per contest. Rutgers’ three-point defense is currently 110th in the country at 6.9 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 38.5% of their shots vs. Rutgers.