Iowa Hawkeyes (13-4) vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (10-6)
January 19, 2022 8:30 pm EDT
The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights +2.5 / Iowa Hawkeyes -2.5; Over/Under: +153
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The Iowa Hawkeyes and Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Jersey Mike’s Arena. The Iowa Hawkeyes look for a win after winning six of their last seven games. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights look for a win after winning five of their last six games.
The Iowa Hawkeyes are averaging 86.2 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 71.7 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Keegan Murray is averaging 23.9 points and 8.1 rebounds, while Jordan Bohannon is averaging 10.9 points and 1.1 rebounds. Patrick McCaffery is the third double-digit scorer and Kris Murray is dishing 1.1 assists. The Iowa Hawkeyes are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 76.8 percent from the free throw line. The Iowa Hawkeyes are allowing 32.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.1 rebounds per game.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are averaging 69 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 65.1 points on 40.8 percent shooting. Ron Harper Jr. is averaging 16.6 points and 6.8 rebounds, while Clifford Omoruyi is averaging 11.3 points and 7.7 rebounds. Geo Baker is the third double-digit scorer and Caleb McConnell is grabbing 5.1 rebounds. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 67.2 percent from the free throw line. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are allowing 32.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.5 rebounds per game.
The Hawkeyes are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 Wednesday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Scarlet Knights are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 17-5-1 in Hawkeyes last 23 overall. The over is 4-1 in Scarlet Knights last 5 Wednesday games. The underdog is 7-1-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
The Iowa Hawkeyes are probably the more talented team, and their offense has the ability to blow Rutgers off the floor if those shots are falling. However, Iowa has had issues away from home this season and Rutgers is a scrappy bunch that has some nice wins on its resume already. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are an above average defensive squad and should be able to grind its way into a position to win this game. Expect a slow paced game that comes down to the wire. Give me the free bucket with Rutgers.