Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. South Florida Bulls Pick-Odds-Prediction - 3/12/14 AAC Playoff
South Florida Bulls (12-19) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (11-20)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 7:00 pm (FedExForum)
The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
The South Florida Bulls and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights open the AAC tourney on Wednesday.
Their were plenty of big offenses in the AAC but South Florida wasn't one of them and their struggles often made life difficult at best for the defense which was far from shut down. Neither unit ended up on the same page often enough and we saw that with the Bulls dropping eight in a row to finish off the regular season and grab last place with a 3-15 record. If USF is going to win in the postseason the offense is going to have to score in the 70's and hope for the best with Victor Rudd (16 ppg) hopefully having a career night or two.
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It seemed that on any given night Rutgers was competitive and could even give the best squads in the conference a tough time. That still didn't mean they won because a 5-13 record says different. The Scarlet Knights really had their share of issues defensively with the opposition outscoring them 76-72 and giving up that many points in the AAC is not a formula for success. If RU is going to make some noise in the tourney the defense needs to keep the score in the low 70's and a capable offense has to get the job done from that point. Kadeem Jack and Myles Mack combined for 29 points and probably need to do more for this team to surprise.
These teams combined for an 8-28 conference record so you have to ask yourself if betting this game is even a consideration. I wish there was an angle to exploit but I don't see it so for now I will take the points...