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Iowa vs. Rutgers - 3/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Rutgers at Iowa
Date & Time Saturday March 2, 2019, 5:00 PM (EST)
Location
Carver-Hawkeye Arena
Iowa City, IA
The Line
Iowa Hawkeyes -8.5 -- O/U: 147
TV Channel
BTN
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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Iowa Hawkeyes meet in Big Ten college basketball action from Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Saturday evening.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights will look to build some steam after a 68-64 win over Minnesota in their last outing. Montez Mathis led the Knights with 18 points on 7 of 13 shooting while Eugene Omoruyi had 14 points with a team-high 9 rebounds and a pair of steals ad Geo Baker added 13 points with a pair of steals and a pair of blocks to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Rutgers in the win. Omoruyi leads Rutgers with an average of 13.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game while Baker leads the Scarlet Knights in assists with 4.1 helpers per game this season. As a team, Rutgers is averaging 67.4 points per game on 41.4% shooting from the field, 31.4% from behind the 3-point line and 62.7% from the foul line this season.

The Iowa Hawkeyes will look to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 4 games after a 90-70 loss to Ohio State in their last outing. Joe Wieskamp led the Hawkeyes with 17 points on 5 of 6 shooting from 3-point range while Tyler Cook added 12 points with 10 rebounds as the only other Iowa player to score in double figures in the losing effort. Cook leads Iowa with an average of 15.8 points and 8.1 rebounds per game while Jordan Bohannon leads the Hawkeyes in the assists department with 3.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Iowa is averaging 80 points per game on 46.6% shooting from the field, 37.1% from behind the 3-point line and 75.2% from the foul line this season.

Rutgers is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 conference games. Iowa is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games while the over is 8-1 in their last 9 games following a loss. Rutgers is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

I’ve said that Iowa is a well coached team that doesn’t normally beat themselves and while I still believe that to be true, the fact is that Iowa burned me bad against Ohio State, as the shots just weren’t falling and Ohio State just pounced all over Iowa from the opening tip. Now, it’s at the point where Iowa isn’t covering period, and in this line of work, that’s all you really care about. Rutgers hasn’t been very good in Big Ten play once again, but the Scarlet Knights did just rally to beat Minnesota and have been money against the spread over the last couple of weeks. The Scarlet Knights have also had Iowa’s number in recent years, and I think this is a game that Rutgers can keep close, so I’ll take a shot with the Scarlet Knights and the points in this one.

Pick:
Rutgers +8.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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