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Rutgers vs. Wisconsin - 1/11/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Wisconsin Badgers (15-1) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (9-7)

College Basketball: Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 6:00 pm (Louis Brown Athletic Center)

The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights +15.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Big Ten Network

The Wisconsin Badgers and Rutgers Scarlet Knights Sunday at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.

The Wisconsin Badgers have won eight straight games and play their fifth true road game. On the season, Wisconsin is averaging 74.2 points on 39.2 percent shooting and is allowing 54.1 points on 39.9 percent shooting. Frank Kaminsky is averaging 16.9 points and 8.2 rebounds while Sam Dekker is averaging 12.3 points and 4.6 rebounds. Nigel Hayes is the third player averaging double-digit points and Traevon Jackson is dishing 3.1 assists. The Wisconsin Badgers remain great on the offensive side of the ball as six players are averaging at least 6.4 points and they’re shooting 74.8 percent from the line and 35.1 percent from downtown. Defensively, Wisconsin is forcing 11.9 turnovers and has allowed 58 or less points in seven of its last eight games.

Rutgers vs. Wisconsin - 1/11/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have split their last four games and look for their second conference win. On the season, Rutgers is averaging 58.2 points on 38.1 percent shooting and is allowing 60.5 points on 39.6 percent shooting. Myles Mack is averaging 13.3 points and 4.3 assists while Kadeem Jack is averaging 12.1 points and 6.8 rebounds. Junior Etou is grabbing 6.8 rebounds and Mike Williams is shooting 33.6 percent from the field. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights rely on their defense that’s allowing 30.3 percent shooting from deep and has allowed 58 or less points in six of its last eight games. Offensively, Rutgers is shooting 67.3 percent from the line and 28.8 percent from beyond the arc. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are 5-4 SU this season on their home court.

The Badgers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. Big Ten. The Scarlet Knights are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 vs. Big Ten and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss. 

Rutgers seems to play its best when you least expect it and is actually playing with a point to prove in its first season in the Big Ten. At home, I'm taking the points here as it's simply too much. 

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights +15.5

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