Wisconsin Badgers (10-3) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (7-4)
College Basketball: Friday, January 15, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Rutgers Athletic Center)
The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights +2 -- Over/Under: 135 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Wisconsin Badgers and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet Friday in college basketball action from the RAC.
Wisconsin enters this matchup at 10-3 so far. The Badgers are coming off a loss to Michigan on Tuesday. As for the Knights, they’re 7-4 this year. Rutgers has lost three straight games, most recently to Ohio State. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Wisconsin began the year with three wins before a surprise loss to Marquette. The Badgers then plowed through their next five games before a tough 70-64 loss to Maryland. After winning over Minnesota and Indiana, Wisconsin took another rough loss to Michigan on Tuesday.
In the 77-54 loss to the Wolverines, Wisconsin’s D’Mitrik Trice led the team on 20 points with two rebounds and two assists. Micah Potter chipped in 12 points and six boards, and Tyler Wahl pulled down six rebounds with five points and one assist in 24 minutes of play.
Over on the Rutgers side, they began their season on a 6-0 run, capped by a great win over Illinois on December 20. The Knights have won just one game (Purdue) since then. They’ve got losses to Ohio State, Iowa, Michigan State and Ohio State again in their last five outings.
In the 79-68 loss to the Buckeyes on Saturday, Rutgers’ leading scorer was Jacob Young with 19 points, two rebounds and two assists. Caleb McConnell posted 12 points with three assists and four rebounds, and Ron Harper finished on 11 points, four boards and two assists.
The Knights are 2-5 ATS in their last seven Friday games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last six home games. Rutgers is 5-2 ATS in their last seven games as an underdog and the over is 9-3-1 in their last 13 overall.
Meanwhile, the Badgers are 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 versus a team with a winning percentage above .600 and 1-4 ATS in their last five Friday games. The under is 13-5 in Wisconsin’s last 18 road games and the over is 3-0-1 in the last four versus a team with a winning straight-up record.
PICK: I’m going to take a shot on Rutgers here. The Knights shot a decent 43.9 percent against a great Ohio State team in their last outing, but were heavily out-rebounded 43-29. Rutgers fell behind early and just couldn’t close the gap. Wisconsin is coming off a bad outing against a great team as well, and they’ll certainly play better here. I think Rutgers can keep the pace on a cover, though.