Against The Spread Pick
The Michigan Wolverines looked like they were going to be one of the better teams in college basketball in the early portion of the college basketball season. However, they have gone 3-6 in Big Ten conference play, which has dropped their overall record to 12-8 on the season. The Wolverines final snapped their four-game losing streak with a 79-68 road win over Nebraska on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights have been one of the more surprising teams in college basketball this season. They enter this game ranked 25th in the nation with an overall record of 16-5 and a conference record of 7-3, which ties Maryland for 3rd place in the Big Ten. The Scarlet Knights have won their last two games in a row and four of their previous five, which includes Tuesday’s 70-63 home win over Purdue. I look for Rutgers to come away with the win on the road against the Wolverines on Saturday.
Over Under Pick
Michigan has been one of the higher scoring teams in the country this season. They enter this game averaging 76.70 points per game, which ranks 56th in college basketball. The Wolverines have also been one of the better defensive teams in the Big Ten this season. They are holding opponents to 69.55 points per game. Meanwhile, Rutgers has been a below-average team offensively, averaging 71.57 points per game. However, they are one of the top teams defensively this season, allowing the 16th fewest points per game with 60.76. I look for the under 133.5 points to be the profitable side in this game.