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Iowa vs. Rutgers - 2/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Rutgers Scarlet Knights (10-16) at Iowa Hawkeyes (15-10)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)

The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes -15.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Iowa Hawkeyes play Thursday at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena .

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights look for their first road win of 2015 and hope to snap a nine-game skid. On the season, Rutgers is averaging 58.7 points on 39 percent shooting and is allowing 64.4 points on 41.8 percent shooting. Myles Mack is averaging 14 points and 4.4 assists while Kadeem Jack is averaging 13.3 points and 6.3 rebounds. Bishop Daniels is dishing 1.8 assists and Junior Etou is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have four players averaging at least 7.6 points, and they’re shooting 66.2 percent from the line and 29.7 percent from downtown. Defensively, Rutgers is allowing 32.4 percent shooting from deep and has given up 71 or more points in four of its last six games.

Iowa vs. Rutgers - 2/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Iowa Hawkeyes need a win here after losing six of their last 10 games. On the season, Iowa is averaging 68.5 points on 42.9 percent shooting and is allowing 62.7 points on 40 percent shooting. Aaron White is averaging 14.6 points and 6.9 rebounds while Jarrod Uthoff is averaging 12.2 points and 6.2 rebounds. Gabriel Olaseni is grabbing 4.9 rebounds and Mike Gesell is dishing 3.7 assists. The Iowa Hawkeyes have six players averaging at least seven points, and they’re shooting 73.9 percent from the line and 32.3 percent from deep. Defensively, Iowa is allowing 32.4 percent shooting from downtown and has given up 66 or less points in four straight games.

The Scarlet Knights are 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 Thursday games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Hawkeyes are 5-13 ATS in their last 18 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. 

While neither team is playing great basketball, I think it's quite obvious that Iowa is the far better and more talented team here. I don't love the chalk here, but I trust the Hawkeyes to win in a blowout more than I trust Rutgers to keep it close. 

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Iowa Hawkeyes -15.5

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