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Wisconsin vs. Rutgers - 12/3/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (5-2) at Wisconsin Badgers (7-1)
Date & Time Monday December 3, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Wisconsin Badgers -14.5 -- Over/Under: 125
TV Channel
BTN
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NCAA BB | Rutgers Scarlet Knights (5-2) at Wisconsin Badgers (7-1)
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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Wisconsin Badgers meet in college basketball action from the Kohl Center on Monday night.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights come into this game looking to bounce back from a 78-67 loss to Michigan State in their last outing. Eugene Omoruyi led Rutgers with 16 points along with 11 rebounds for the double-double while Peter Kiss chipped in 11 points on 4 of 12 shooting with 3 threes and Geo Baker chipped in 10 points with a team-high 3 assists to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for the Scarlet Knights in the losing effort. Omoruyi leads Rutgers with an average of 15.1 points and 9.1 rebounds while Baker leads the Scarlet Knights with 4.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Rutgers is averaging 70.1 points per game on 42.2% shooting from the field, 36.9% from behind the arc and 57.5% from the foul line this season.

The Wisconsin Badgers will be looking to build on back-to-back wins after a 72-66 win over Iowa in their last time out. D’Mitrik Trice led the Badgers with 20 points on 6 of 14 shooting with 4 threes and a share of the team lead in rebounds with 7 rebounds. Ethan Happ added 13 points on 6 of 10 shooting with 7 rebounds of his own along with a team-high 5 assists and Brevin Pritzl chipped in 12 points with a pair of threes to finish off the scoring in double figures for Wisconsin in the win. Happ leads the Badgers by averaging a double-double per game with 17.4 points, 11.6 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Wisconsin is averaging 74.4 points per game on 47.9% shooting from the field, 42.1% from behind the 3-point line and 72.5% from the foul line this season.

Rutgers is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 conference games. Wisconsin is 7-0 ATS in their last 7 conference games and 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games overall while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 home games. The home team is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

From watching Big Ten basketball over the last couple of years, I’ve noticed that the Scarlet Knights are a solid team out of conference, but that conference play is the time when Rutgers tends to take a step back. Wisconsin on the other hand has been money against the Big Ten dating back to last year, and the home team has had all of the success over the last couple of seasons, so I’ll lay the points with the Badgers at home here.

Pick:
Wisconsin -14.5

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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