The Rutgers Scarlet Knights (12-3, 3-1 Big 10) put their six-game winning streak on the line when they go head-to-head against the Illinois Fighting Illini (11-5, 3-2 Big 10) at State Farm Center. Action begins at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 11, 2020.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Odds Preview
In the Scarlet Knights’ last game, they were victorious over the No. 20 Penn State Nittany Lions, 72-61. Ron Harper Jr. was the top scorer from either team with 22 points on 5-for-10 shooting. Rutgers played a flawless game. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.379 (above their season average of 0.194) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 28.9 (below their season average of 36.2). Penn State put up marks of 0.180 and 22.0, respectively, for those same stats.
The Fighting Illini come in on a high note after edging the Wisconsin Badgers in their last contest, 71-70. Illinois rallied around Ayo Dosunmu, who led the team in scoring with 18 points on 7-for-15 shooting. The Fighting Illini, who came into the game averaging an effective field goal percentage of 0.515, had a great mark of 0.553 and had a turnover percentage of 9.9 (better than their season average of 17.2).
This matchup pits one of the nation’s top offenses against one of its elite defenses as Illinois ranks 39th in offensive efficiency and Rutgers is 14th in defensive efficiency.
This is the first time these teams will meet this year. The Fighting Illini won the lone game played against each other last season, 99-94. Illinois did an excellent job of getting and making free throws (19-26; 73.1 percent). Rutgers, on the other hand, had a better offensive rebounding percentage (30.0 vs. 26.2).
Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Illinois Fighting Illini Free Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Illinois, ATS Winner – Rutgers, O/U – Under
The Fighting Illini rank 242nd in three pointers attempted per game (17.9) while the Scarlet Knights rank 251st (17.4).
Illinois ranks 77th in assists per game (14.5) while Rutgers ranks 86th in assists allowed per game (11.9).
Rutgers ranks 25th in blocks per game (5.2) while Illinois ranks 121st (3.0).
The Scarlet Knights rank 83rd in steals per game (7.3) while the Fighting Illini rank 110th in steals allowed per game (6.6).
Illinois is 18th in the NCAA with 30.4 rebounds allowed per game while Rutgers is 35th with 31.5 rebounds allowed per game.
The Fighting Illini’s average margin of victory in their last five games has been 6.2, down from 12.0 for the season.
During their last five games, the Scarlet Knights have scored an average of 75.2 points per game (1.6 above their season average) and allowed an average of 52.8 points per game (6.9 below their season average).