Planning on watching today’s Wildcats and Scarlet Knights game? Catch the action at Jersey Mike’s Arena in Piscataway, NJ, as the Scarlet Knights hosts this showdown at 6:30 ET on BTN. The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 131 points, and Rutgers is favored by -3.5 to win at home against Northwestern.

NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS VS RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Rutgers Scarlet Knights -3.5

This game will be played at Jersey Mike’s Arena at 6:30 ET on Thursday, February 15th.

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 -3.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 131 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Will Northwestern Be The Talk of Jersey Mike’s Arena?

Northwestern enters this game with a record of 17-7 and a two-game win streak. So far this season, they have gone 8-5 in Big Ten play and 9-2 in non-conference games. On the road, they are 2-6, and their average scoring margin is -7.1 points per game. They have lost four straight games on the road.

As an underdog, the Wildcats have gone 3-5 this season. Overall, they have been the underdog in eight of their 24 games. In their last outing, they defeated Penn State by a score of 68-63. Over their last 10 road games, they have gone 3-7.

As the underdog this season, Northwestern has gone 4-4 vs. the spread. Their overall ATS mark for the year is 11-11-2. On the road, the Wildcats are 2-5-1 vs. the spread and 4-5-1 in their last 10 road games.

So far this season, the over/under record for Northwestern games is 16-8. The average over/under line in their games is 137.5 and their games are averaging 144.7 points. Today’s over/under line of 131 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 139 points.

In their latest game, Northwestern offense put up 68 points against Penn State. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 31.7% and made 6 threes. Boo Buie is leading the team in scoring at 18.8 points per contest. Brooks Barnhizer has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 14.5 going into the game.

The Wildcats’ defense is presently ranked 107th nationally, allowing an average of 69.8 points per contest. The Northwestern defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 63 points and allowed Penn State to connect on 6 threes.

Do the Scarlet Knights Stand a Chance at Home?

After winning their last game against Wisconsin by a score of 78-56, the Scarlet Knights come into today’s game with a record of 13-10. Over their last three games, Rutgers has gone 3-0, and they have won three of their last five at home. So far this season, the Scarlet Knights have gone 10-5 at home.

As the favorite, Rutgers has gone 9-3 this season, and they have been the favorite in 12 of their 23 games. Currently, the Scarlet Knights are favored by 3.5 points, and their average scoring margin at home is +6.5 points per game.

As the favorite this season, Rutgers has gone 6-6 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Scarlet Knights have gone 5-5 ATS. At home, Rutgers has an ATS mark of 8-7 this year and they are 2-1 vs. the spread in their last three home contests.

Today’s over/under line of 131 for the Rutgers game against Northwestern is lower than the average OU line in their games this season (137.5). So far this year, the over/under record in their games is 7-16. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 123 points.

The Rutgers offense is coming off a game where they scored 78 points against Wisconsin. They posted a field goal percentage of 44.8% and connected on 10 threes. The team’s scoring leader is Aundre Hyatt, who holds an average of 11.3 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Clifford Omoruyi is averaging 11 points per game this season.

Coming into today’s game, the Rutgers defense is giving up an average of 65.0 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Rutgers’ defense has allowed opponents to shoot 39.5% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 30.3% this season.