Rutgers at Northwestern
|Date & Time||Wednesday February 13, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Northwestern Wildcats -5.5 -- Over/Under: 132
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights will travel to Welsh-Ryan Arena to take on the Northwestern Wildcats this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 11-12 (4-9 Big Ten) on the season after being defeated by the Illinois Fighting Illini, 99-94 in OT, this past Saturday. In a tight, back and forth game, Rutgers were able to force OT after hitting a jumper with :10 seconds left in regulation, however, the Scarlet Knights couldn’t fight back after a pair of Andres Feliz FT’s gave Illinois a 99-94 lead with just :33 seconds left in OT. Rutgers shot 50.7% from the field and 30.4% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Scarlet Knights was Caleb McConnell who had 25 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals in 30 minutes from off the bench.
On the season, Rutgers is averaging 68.0 ppg on 41.2% shooting from the field. The Scarlet Knights are averaging 6.4 three-pointers per game on 31.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Rutgers has been led by Eugene Omoruyi (14.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 2.3 apg), Geo Baker (13.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.4 spg), Montez Mathis (8.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.2 apg), and Peter Kiss (6.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.0 apg).
Defensively, Rutgers is holding their opponents to an average of 68.5 ppg on 42.8% shooting from the field. The Scarlet Knights have a rebound margin of 4.7 and a turnover margin of -1.0.
The Northwestern Wildcats lost their 4th consecutive game and dropped to 12-11 (3-9 Big Ten) on the season after being defeated by the Iowa Hawkeyes, 80-79, this past Saturday. Northwestern led by a 72-57 margin with just 4:30 left in regulation, however, had no answers defensively down the stretch and allowed Iowa to get the amazing come from behind victory after the Hawkeyes Jordan Bohannon hit a game-winning three-pointer with just .3 seconds left. Northwestern allowed Iowa to shoot 47.3% from the field and 52.9% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Vic Law who had a double-double with 24 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal.
On the season, Northwestern is averaging 68.2 ppg on 41.4% shooting from the field. The Wildcats are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 33.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northwestern has been led by Vic Law (15.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.1 spg, 1.0 bpg), Dererk Pardon (14.0 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.1 bpg), Ryan Taylor (11.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.3 apg), and A.J. Turner (8.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.1 apg).
Defensively, Northwestern is holding their opponents to an average of a 65.0 ppg on 42.8% shooting from the field. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of -1.0 and a turnover margin of 1.1.
The Scarlet Knights are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Wednesday games, however, are just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record. The Wildcats are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win.
Rutgers has lost 6 of their last 9 games and although their defense has been solid as they rank 100th in scoring defense, the Scarlet Knights have struggled offensively as they come into this match-up ranked just T-294th in scoring offense & 317th in FG%.
Northwestern has lost 6 of their last 8 games and currently rank 288th in scoring offense, 38th in scoring defense, and 125th in defensive FG%.
Northwestern lost in heartbreaking fashion against Iowa, however, this is still a solid team that has played well at home this season, posting a 9-4 record with a solid win over Indiana. Northwestern was able to defeat Rutgers by a 65-57 margin on the road earlier this season and although it’s a bit nerve-wracking to trust the Wildcats offense against a solid defense, I’m taking Northwestern to cover this mid-range home spread.