Rutgers vs. New Hampshire - 12/9/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New Hampshire Wildcats (5-2) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (4-4)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Louis Brown Athletic Center)
The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights -12 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The New Hampshire Wildcats and Rutgers Scarlet Knights play Tuesday at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.
The New Hampshire Wildcats have won four straight and will play their fifth true road game. On the season, New Hampshire is averaging 65 points on 40.2 percent shooting and is allowing 63.4 points on 39.3 percent shooting. Daniel Dion leads the Wildcats with 12.7 points and 2.9 assists while Jaleen Smith is averaging 11.4 points and 4.6 rebounds. Tanner Leissner is the third New Hampshire player averaging double-digit points and Ronnel Jordan is shooting 54.5 percent from the field. The New Hampshire Wildcats are a good offensive team that’s shooting 75 percent from the line and 36.4 percent from beyond the arc. New Hampshire is also one of the better rebounding teams in the country, averaging 38 boards per game. Defensively, New Hampshire is forcing 12.6 turnovers and holding teams to 29.2 percent shooting from deep.
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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have split their first eight games and need to get going offensively. On the season, Rutgers is averaging 57.1 points on 36.9 percent shooting and is allowing 63.8 points on 31.4 percent shooting. Myles Mack leads Rutgers with 14.1 points and 4.6 assists while Kadeem Jack is averaging 12 points and six rebounds. Junior Etou is grabbing 7.3 rebounds per game and Mike Williams is shooting 28.6 percent from the field. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights seriously lack scoring depth, as just two players are averaging double-digit points and they’re shooting 27.5 percent from three as a team. Rutgers relies on its defense that’s producing close to seven steals and five blocks per game. Rutgers is also averaging 35.5 rebounds.
The Wildcats are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games. The Scarlet Knights are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. loss and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
I'm not sure how the Rutgers Scarlet Knights deserve such a steep line with the way they've been playing, especially offensively. New Hampshire can put the ball in the hoop at a hig percentage and does a nice job of defending the outside. I'll take the Wildcats here and the six free baskets.