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Rutgers vs. Iowa - 2/16/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Iowa at Rutgers
Date & Time Saturday February 16, 2019, 6:00 PM (EST)
Location
Rutgers Athletic Center
Piscataway, NJ
The Line
Rutgers Scarlet Knights +4 -- Over/Under: 148.5
TV Channel
FS1
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NCAA BB | Iowa at Rutgers
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The 21st ranked Iowa Hawkeyes will travel to the Rutgers Athletic Center to take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The 21st ranked Iowa Hawkeyes won their 3rd straight game and improved to 19-5 (8-5 Big 10) on the season after defeating the Northwestern Wildcats, 80-79, this past Sunday. In a dramatic finish, Iowa was able to fight back from a 72-57 deficit with just 4:30 left in regulation and secure the incredible victory after Jordan Bohannon hit the game-winning three-pointer with just .3 seconds left in regulation. Iowa shot 47.3% from the field and 52.9% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Hawkeyes was Tyler Cook who had a double-double with 19 points & 11 rebounds.

On the season, Iowa is averaging 81.6 ppg on 47.4% shooting from the field. The Cyclones are averaging 8.4 three-pointers per game on 38.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Iowa has been led by Tyler Cook (16.5 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.5 apg), Luka Garza (13.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg), Joe Wieskamp (11.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.0 spg), and Jordan Bohannon (11.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 3.4 apg).

Defensively, Iowa is allowing their opponents to average 73.1 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field. The Hawkeyes have a rebound margin of 2.3 and a turnover margin of 1.2.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights snapped their 3-game losing streak and improved to 12-12 (5-9 Big 10) on the season after defeating the Northwestern Wildcats, 59-56, this past Wednesday. Rutgers was solid defensively against the Wildcats and was able to hold on late after a 7-0 Scarlet Knights run gave Rutgers a 49-41 lead with 6:13 left in regulation. Rutgers held Northwestern to just 36.4% shooting from the field and outrebounded the Wildcats by a 44-30 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Scarlet Knights was Geo Baker who had 12 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assits, and 2 steals.

On the season, Rutgers is averaging 67.6 ppg on 41.2% shooting from the field. The Scarlet Knights are averaging 6.3 three-pointers per game on 31.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Rutgers has been led by Eugene Omoruyi (14.0 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 2.2 apg), Geo Baker (13.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.5 spg), Montez Mathis (8.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.1 apg), and Peter Kiss (6.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.0 apg).

Defensively, Rutgers is holding their opponents to an average of 68.0 ppg on 42.5% shooting from the field. The Scarlet Knights have a rebound margin of 5.1 and a turnover margin of -1.2.

The Hawkeyes are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win, however, just 12-25-1 ATS in their last 38 road games. The Scarlet Knights are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall, however, are just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games.

Iowa has won 8 of their last 10 games and currently rank 27th in scoring offense, 44th in FG%, and 223rd in scoring defense.

Rutgers has won 4 of their last 7 games and although their offense has struggled as they rank just 301st in scoring offense, the Scarlet Knights have been solid defensively as they rank 89th in scoring defense & 108th in defensive FG%.

Iowa pulled off an incredible victory agianst Northwestern, however, the Hawkeyes defense has to be a bit of a concern as they are allowing 77.7 ppg in their last 5 games. Rutgers has been a tough team at home this season with wins over Ohio State, Nebraska, & Indiana, and as Iowa is just 3-3 in away games this season, I think the Scarlet Knights will be able to do enough at home with the points to cover. Good Luck!

Pick:
Rutgers Scarlet Knights +4

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