Against The Spread Pick
A top-level Big Ten battle takes place at the RAC in Piscataway, New Jersey as the Illinois Fighting Illini makes the trip following an agonizing home loss to Michigan State. Rutgers returns home following a tough six-point loss at Ohio State. The Illini have slipped in the standings as of late with three-straight losses, a now they will be without star guard Ayo Dosunmu after suffering a gruesome-looking fall in the final seconds of their one-point home loss to the Spartans. The Illini are 4-2 ATS in their last six games, but three of them have resulted in losses. Rutgers is unbeaten at home this season and is 10-4-1 ATS in those games. Illinois has won eight of the last nine head-to-head meetings, along with covering the spread in six of those nine clashes. Taking the Illini to cover 2.5 points is the right play.
Over Under Pick
Five of the last eight head-to-head meetings between the Illini and Scarlet Knights have resulted in over totals. Illinois has scored at least 63 points in eight of its last 10 games. Rutgers has been competitive in every game this season and five of their last seven games have resulted in over totals. The first meeting this season saw Illinois escape with a three-point win. The two combined for a 105-point total, which is well below the total for this match-up. Taking the over is out of the question as Illinois will be without one of its best scorers. Play an under 130.5 total.