Iowa Hawkeyes (9-6) vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (11-4)
January 8, 2023 12:00 pm EDT
The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights -6.5 / Iowa Hawkeyes +6.5; Over/Under: +141
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The Iowa Hawkeyes and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet in Big Ten college basketball action from the Jersey Mike’s Arena on Sunday afternoon. Tip off is scheduled for 12:00p ET.
The Iowa Hawkeyes will look to build on their 91-89 win over Indiana last time out. Kris Murray leads the Hawkeyes in scoring with 21.3 PPG along with 9.8 RPG while Patrick McCaffery has 12.8 PPG with 4.8 RPG and Tony Perkins has 11.2 PPG with a team-high 3.1 APG to lead the Hawkeyes in the assist department. Filip Rebraca also has 14.4 PPG with 8.5 RPG to cap off the scoring in double figures for Iowa up to this point in the year. As a team, Iowa is averaging 81.7 PPG on 44.8% shooting from the field, 32% from three and 72.8% from the foul line this season.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights will try to build on their current five-game win streak after a 64-50 win over Maryland last time out. Clifford Omoruyi leads Rutgers with a team-high 14.1 PPG and 10 RPG to lead the Scarlet Knights in scoring and on the glass this season. Cam Spencer has 12.9 PPG with a team-high 3.7 APG to lead Rutgers in assists while Aundre Hyatt has 10.3 PPG with 4.5 RPG. Caleb McConnell has 10.1 PPG with 5.2 RPG to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for Rutgers up to this point in the year. As a team, Rutgers is averaging 71.9 PPG on 44.3% shooting from the field, 31.6% from three and 73.5% from the foul line this season.
Iowa is 0-6 ATS in their last 6 road games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a win while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. Rutgers is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games following an ATS win.
I get the case to be made on either side in this one, but I like Rutgers here. I just have a hard time trusting Iowa given their recent struggles, and even with a win at home against Indiana, I’m having a hard time carrying that over to the road, especially with how well Rutgers’ defense has stepped it up at home. I think that Rutgers shows up and puts the boots to Iowa here. Give me Rutgers laying the points.