Rutgers vs. Michigan - 3/12/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Rutgers vs. Michigan - 3/12/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan Wolverines (19-12) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (20-11)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)

The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights +1.5 -- Over/Under: 135

TV: BTN

The Michigan Wolverines and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet in college basketball action from Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Thursday. 

Coming into this Big Ten Tournament matchup, Michigan is 19-12 overall. In the last four games Michigan is just 1-3, beating Nebraska while otherwise falling to Wisconsin, Ohio State and Maryland. 

In the loss to Maryland, Michigan’s leading scorer was David DeJulius with 20 points and one rebound. Franz Wagner added 15 points, two rebounds and one assist there, and Zavier Simpson had 13 points, six assists and seven rebounds for Michigan in the loss. 

Over on the Rutgers’ side, they’re 20-11 this season. After dropping three straight to Michigan, Wisconsin and Penn State, Rutgers has taken out Maryland and Purdue in their last pair. 

In the win over Purdue, Rutgers’ leading scorer was Geo Baker with 19 points, six rebounds and three assists. Ron Harper added 15 points and six assists there, and Akwasi Yeboah finished on 11 points and five rebounds in the win. 

Rutgers is 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games after a straight-up win and 15-5-2 ATS in their last 22 games after an ATS win. Rutgers is 15-6-1 ATS in their last 22 overall and 20-8-2 ATS in their last 30 versus a team with a winning straight-up record. 

Meanwhile, Michigan is 42-16-3 ATS in their last 61 Thursday games and 13-5-1 ATS in their last 19 after an ATS loss. Michigan is 35-14-3 ATS in their last 52 neutral-site games and the under is 5-1 in the last six versus a team with a winning straight-up record. 

It’s tough to give a Big Ten team too much trouble over falling to another conference team this season; the Big Ten is incredibly competitive and filled with a lot of talent. That said, Michigan has been a defensive sieve over their last four, coughing up 77 or more points in each loss during that time. 

As for Rutgers, they finished off the season with a couple of solid wins—especially the 78-67 triumph over Maryland. The Scarlet Knights aren’t the most formidable team in the conference, but they can throw a wrench into anyone’s plans. I’m sticking with Rutgers here. 

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Andrew’s Pick Rutgers Scarlet Knights +1.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.