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Rutgers vs. Northwestern - 2/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northwestern Wildcats (15-11) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (12-15)

College Basketball: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Louis Brown Athletic Center)

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

TV: BTN

Out at the RAC on Tuesday, the Northwestern Wildcats and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights will be meeting up on the college basketball circuit. 

Northwestern comes in here with a 15-11 record overall. The Wildcats hd won four of five games, but dropped their most recent on Saturday versus Maryland. In that one, Northwestern’s Scottie Lindsey put up 20 points. 

Rutgers vs. Northwestern - 2/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Lindsey is also the top scorer for Northwestern this season, with 14.4 PPG, and Bryant McIntosh is second on 12.5 PPG and 5.2 APG. Vic Law (12.0 PPG; 6.0 RPG) and Dererk Pardon (11.4 PPG; 6.8 RPG) are also in double-figures for the Wildcats. 

Over on the Rutgers side, they’re currently 12-15 this year. The Knights have lost their last seven straight games, dropping one to Nebraska their last time out. In that game, Rutgers guard Corey Sanders managed 14 points. 

Sanders is also leading the Knights in scoring on the year with 14.0 PPG and 3.1 APG. Deshawn Freeman (11.4 PPG; 7.5 RPG) and Geo Baker (11.3 PPG) are also in double-digits for  Rutgers this year. 

Northwestern is 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight-up loss and 5-2 ATS in the last seven games following an ATS loss. The Wildcats are also 2-6 ATS in their last eight home games and the under is 5-1 in their last six Tuesday games. 

Meanwhile, the Knights are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 home games and 16-35 ATS in the last 51 Tuesday games. Rutgers is also 1-4 ATS in their last five games following an ATS loss and 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall. 

Northwestern has shown some flashes of brilliance this season, but they’ve also put out a few head-scratching performances—like falling to Maryland by 16 or to an underachieving Indiana team by 20. As for Rutgers, they lost to that same Indiana team by 22 and have put up just 98 points across their last two games. Still, the Knights have been decent on defense lately and do have a few competent scorers. I’ll take Rutgers to cover here, but I’m not crazy about it.

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