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Rutgers vs. Northwestern - 12/30/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northwestern Wildcats (9-4) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (8-5)

College Basketball: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 12:00 pm (Louis Brown Athletic Center)

The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Northwestern Wildcats and Rutgers Scarlet Knights play Tuesday afternoon at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.

The Northwestern Wildcats have won three straight games and will play their third true road game. On the season, Northwestern is averaging 65.8 points on 43.3 percent shooting and is allowing 59.8 points on 40.4 percent shooting. Tre Demps is averaging 11.5 points and 3.4 rebounds while Bryant McIntosh is averaging 11.3 points and five assists. Alex Olah is the third player averaging double-digit points and Vic Law is grabbing 5.2 rebounds. The Northwestern Wildcats are one of the better defensive teams in the country, forcing nearly 12 turnovers per game while allowing no more than 66 points in eight of their last nine games. Offensively, Northwestern is shooting 71.6 percent from the free throw line and 33.5 percent from downtown.

Rutgers vs. Northwestern - 12/30/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have won five of their last seven games and are trying to make a name in the Big Ten. On the season, Rutgers is averaging 60.5 points on 39.5 percent shooting and is allowing 62 points on 39.6 percent shooting. Myles Mack is averaging 13.8 points and 4.8 assists while Kadeem Jack is averaging 13.1 points and 6.7 rebounds. Junior Etou is grabbing 6.6 rebounds and Mike Williams is shooting 34.8 percent from the field. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are also a defensive minded team that’s forcing nearly 13 turnovers per game and allowing 65 or less points in seven of their last nine games. Offensively, Rutgers is shooting 69.6 percent from the free throw line and 30 percent from beyond the arc. Rutgers still needs to find that third consistent scorer to compete in Big Ten play.

The Wildcats are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Scarlet Knights are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Big Ten and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a S.U. win. 

Northwestern has lost to a lot of decent comp this season while Rutgers is eager to prove itself and would love to start Big Ten play off with a victory. This is a show and prove game for the Scarlet Knights, and they should get it done. 

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights -3

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