Rutgers vs. Cleveland State - 11/14/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland State Vikings (0-1) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-0)
College Basketball: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Louis Brown Athletic Center)
The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Over in Piscataway at the RAC on Tuesday, the Cleveland State Vikings and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights will be meeting up in college basketball activity.
Cleveland State comes into this season following a 9-22 effort last year. That run saw the Vikings string together back-to-back wins just once throughout the season and featured a pair of four-game losing streaks.
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Cleveland State started out this year with a loss, falling 67-57 to Akron. Heading up the scoring for the Vikings in that one was Tyree Appleby, who had 13 bench points with three rebounds, an assist and two steals. Kenny Carpenter was the only other Viking in double-digits with 11 points and 12 rebounds with four assists.
Rutgers is looking to bounce back after a rough 15-18 season in 2016-17. That mark began with an 11-1 record but the Knights lost 16 of their next 18 games.
The good news for Rutgers is that they’ve already got two wins under their collective belts this year. The Scarlet Knights wrecked CCNY in the opener 94-38 and beat Central Connecticut 71-67 on Sunday. In that game, Mike Williams came off the bench to provide 23 points, three rebounds, two assists and four steals.
The over is 4-1 in Rutgers’ last five home games and the under is 42-19-1 in their last 62 games as a favorite. The Knights are 4-26 ATS in their last 30 Tuesday games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games as a favorite.
Meanwhile, the Vikings are 13-30 in their last 43 Tuesday games and 5-21-2 ATS in their last 28 road games. The under is 4-1 in Cleveland State’s last five Tuesday games and they’re 6-18-2 ATS in their last 26 games as a road underdog.
Cleveland State actually looked pretty solid in their opener, taking a 30-22 lead into halftime. The Vikings faded down the stretch, however, and were outscored 45-27 the rest of the way. As for Rutgers, they cut it a little close against CCSU but otherwise took care of business like they were supposed to. In a comfortable home game I’m going to stick with Rutgers to cover here.