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Wisconsin vs Rutgers Basketball Picks 3-7-24

Rutgers Scarlet Knights (14-14) vs. Wisconsin Badgers (18-10)
March 7, 2024 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Wisconsin Badgers -9.5; Over/Under: +133
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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Wisconsin Badgers meet in college basketball action from the Kohl Center on Thursday night. Who comes out on top in Thursday’s Big Ten clash? Let’s dive in and find out with our Rutgers vs. Wisconsin Prediction.

Rutgers Team Preview

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights will be looking to bounce back after a 67-56 loss to Nebraska last time out. Jeremiah Williams has 13 PPG with 4 RPG and 3.3 APG through 9 games so far this season. Aundre Hyatt has 10.6 PPG along with 4.7 RPG while Clifford Omoruyi has 10.8 PPG with a team-high 8.6 RPG and 3 BPG to lead Rutgers on the glass to finish off the group of double-digit scorers for Rutgers up to this point in the year. Derek Simpson also has 8.7 PPG with 3.3 RPG and a team-high 3 APG to lead Rutgers in assists while Mawot Mag has 9.1 PPG with 3.8 RPG as well this season. As a team, Rutgers is averaging 66.3 PPG on 39.4% shooting from the field, 28.9% from three and 66.4% from the foul line this season.

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Wisconsin Team Preview

The Wisconsin Badgers come into this game looking to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 91-83 loss to Illinois last time out. AJ Storr leads the Badgers in scoring with 16.1 PPG while Steven Crowl has 10.9 PPG with a team-high 7.6 RPG to lead the Badgers on the glass so far this season. Tyler Wahl has 11.8 PPG with 5.8 RPG, capping off the group of double-digit scorers for Wisconsin so far this season. Chucky Hepburn also has 8.8 PPG and a team-high 3.8 APG to lead the Badgers in the assist department while Max Klesmit has 9.9 PPG this season. As a team, Wisconsin is averaging 74.4 PPG on 46.4% shooting from the field, 34% from behind the arc and 76.3% from the foul line this season.

Rutgers vs. Wisconsin Prediction

I’m on Wisconsin here. My love for Wisconsin has faded as the season’s gone on and as the losses have started to pile up for the Badgers, but the fact is that home court in the Big Ten is still a big advantage, and Rutgers has not shown an ability to win or even compete on the road in conference play. The Scarlet Knights are a good defensive team, but a lot of times, they rely too heavily on that defense to try to get over the hump. All in all I think Wisconsin wins this one rather easily, so I’ll lay the points with the Badgers here.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Wisconsin -9.5

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Chris Ruffolo

Chris joined the Sports Chat Place team in August 2016 and has a proven system that combines multiple analytical and situational statistics and trends to give out thousands of winning picks over the last three years with winning records across all of the top leagues, Follow Chris Ruffolo on Twitter @ruffthepickdawg

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