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Rutgers vs. Indiana - 2/5/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Indiana Hoosiers (12-12) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (12-13)
Date & Time Monday February 5, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
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NCAA BB | Indiana Hoosiers (12-12) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (12-13)

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

The Indiana Hoosiers need a victory here after losing five of their last six games. The Indiana Hoosiers are averaging 71.6 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 71.1 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Juwan Morgan is averaging 16.5 points and 7.3 rebounds while Robert Johnson is averaging 13.2 points and 2.5 assists. De'Ron Davis is grabbing 4.3 rebounds and Josh Newkirk is dishing 2.7 assists. The Indiana Hoosiers are shooting 30.2 percent from beyond the arc and 65.7 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana Hoosiers are allowing 37.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.1 rebounds per game. The Indiana Hoosiers have lost seven of their last eight road games.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights need a victory here in order to get back to a .500 record. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are averaging 65.7 points on 39.9 percent shooting and allowing 64.8 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Corey Sanders is averaging 14.2 points and 3.2 assists while Geo Baker is averaging 11.6 points and 2.3 rebounds. Deshawn Freeman is the third double-digit scorer and Mike Williams is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are shooting 31 percent from beyond the arc and 64.9 percent from the free throw line. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are allowing 32.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.8 rebounds per game. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have lost five of their last seven home games.

The Hoosiers are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big Ten and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Scarlet Knights are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 home games, 15-2 ATS in their last 17 Monday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 5-1 in Scarlet Knights last 6 Monday games and the under is 13-3-1 in Hoosiers last 17 overall.

The Indiana Hoosiers aren't winning many games, but they are playing better basketball recently, which includes taking Michigan State down to the wire on Saturday. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have simply been awful during this losing stretch, which includes shooting just 38 percent from the field in their last five games. However, Indiana has lost seven of eight on the road and is allowing 49.1 percent shooting. I need to see the Hoosiers put together 40 minutes of good basketball to trust them. Rutgers has ugly SU results recently, but they're still outscoring teams by 7.8 points at home. In a near pick em against subpar teams, I'll take the Scarlet Knights.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights +1

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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