Michigan at Rutgers - 3/12/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

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Michigan Wolverines (19-12) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (20-11)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)

The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights +1.5 -- Over/Under: 135

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The Michigan Wolverines (19-12, 10-10 CONF) and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (20-11, 11-9 CONF) will meet on Thursday, March 12th for the 2nd Round of the Big Ten Conference Tournament. The game will be played at a neutral site location at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN. The game is scheduled for a 12:00 PM ET start time. 

Michigan ended its regular season in rough fashion, losing three of their last four games overall. Michigan’s last game was an 83-70 road loss to Maryland, as Michigan has struggled on the road this season. Rutgers defeated Purdue in overtime in their last game of the regular season, 71-68. Rutgers heads into the conference tourney with back-to-back wins under their belts. 

Michigan scores 75.0 points per game on 46.2 percent field goal shooting this season. Michigan’s leading scorer is G Zavier Simpson, who scores 12.9 points per game. The leading rebounder for Michigan is C Jon Teske, who earns 6.7 rebounds per game. Michigan allows 68.3 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a +6.7 scoring differential so far this season. Michigan also earns 36.1 rebounds, 14.6 assists, 4.5 blocks, and 5.5 steals per game as a team. 

Rutgers scores 69.9 points per game on 44.7 percent field goal shooting this season. Rutgers’ leading scorer is G Ron Harper Jr, who scores 12.1 points per game. The leading rebounder for Rutgers is C Myles Johnson, who earns 7.9 rebounds per game. Rutgers allows 62.6 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a +7.3 scoring differential so far this season. Rutgers also earns 40.2 rebounds, 12.7 assists, 4.6 blocks, and 6.5 steals per game as a team. 

Michigan is 17-14 against the spread this season and 6-4 against the spread in their last ten games. Michigan is also 4-0 against the spread in neutral site games so far this season. Rutgers is 19-10-1 against the spread this season and 5-5 against the spread in their last ten games. Rutgers is also 0-2 against the spread in neutral site games so far this season.

Michigan winning both games of the season series gives me good reasoning to take them in this neutral-site conference tournament spot. Michigan needs a statement win before the NCAA Tourney to feel good about themselves, and losing four of five could derail their chances at making a run. I will take Michigan and lay the 1.5

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Ronald’s Pick Michigan -1.5

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