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Rutgers vs. Indiana - 1/30/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Indiana at Rutgers
Date & Time Wednesday January 30, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Rutgers Athletic Center
Piscataway, New Jersey
The Line
The Line: Rutgers +2.5 -- Over/Under: 131.5
TV Channel
BTN
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Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports

The Indiana Hoosiers and Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Rutgers Athletic Center.

The Indiana Hoosiers could use a win here to snap a six-game losing streak. The Indiana Hoosiers are averaging 72.8 points on 48.6 percent shooting and allowing 66.4 points on 41.5 percent shooting. Romeo Langford is averaging 17.2 points and 2.4 assists while Juwan Morgan is averaging 16.5 points and 8.1 rebounds. Justin Smith is grabbing 4.4 rebounds and Devonte Green is dishing 3.2 assists. The Indiana Hoosiers are shooting 32.3 percent from beyond the arc and 65 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana Hoosiers are allowing 30.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33 rebounds per game. The Indiana Hoosiers have lost their last four road games.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights could also use a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are averaging 67.2 points on 40.5 percent shooting and allowing 66.6 points on 42.2 percent shooting. Eugene Omoruyi is averaging 13.9 points and 1.9 assists while Geo Baker is averaging 13.5 points and 2.8 rebounds. Peter Kiss is dishing 1.3 assists and Montez Mathis is grabbing 3.1 rebounds. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are shooting 31.3 percent from beyond the arc and 63.8 percent from the free throw line. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.5 rebounds per game. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have won six of their last nine home games.

The Hoosiers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Big Ten and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Scarlet Knights are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games, 24-53-1 ATS in their last 78 games following a ATS win and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Wednesday games. The over is 8-3 in Scarlet Knights last 11 vs. Big Ten. The under is 10-4 in Hoosiers last 14 overall.

The Indiana Hoosiers come into this game on a six-game losing streak and are shooting 38.7 percent from the field while losing by an average of 12.6 points in their last five games. On the road this season, Indiana has lost four straight and is losing by an average of eight points. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have had issues of their own and also struggle to score the basketball, but the Scarlet Knights have won six of their last nine at home and are outscoring teams by an average of 6.4 points. I don't love Rutgers as an underdog, but I'm not laying points with a struggling Indiana team on the road. I'll side with the free bucket and the Scarlet Knights if forced to pick.

Pick:
Rutgers +2.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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