Rutgers at Michigan: 2/18/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions
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Michigan Wolverines (14-1) vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights (12-7)
Game Info: Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Crisler Center)
Betting Odds: Michigan Wolverines -10 -- Over/Under: 137 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Michigan Wolverines face off on Thursday in a college basketball showdown at the Crisler Center.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights come into this game with a 12-7 record overall and they have won five of their last six games. The only loss during that stretch was a few games ago against the Iowa Hawkeyes. In the last game against Northwestern, the defense was elite giving up only 50 points and that was the difference. Rutgers is averaging 71.8 points per game while their defense is giving up 67.9 points per game. Rutgers is shooting 46.1 percent from the field and 32.5 percent from behind the three point line. This is a key game for Rutgers, and the last thing that can happen is getting out to a slow start.. Ron Harper Jr has been the best player for Rutgers averaging 16.2 points while shooting 45.6 percent from the field.
On the other side of this matchup is the Michigan Wolverines who sit with a 14-1 record and even after the long layoff, they came away with a victory against the Wisconsin Badgers in dominating fashion. MIchigan got out to a bit of a slow start, but in the second half they looked good and they won by eight points. Michigan on the season is averaging 78.9 points per game while their defense is giving up 64.9 points per game. Michigan is shooting 50.2 percent from the field and 37.9 percent from the field. Isaiah Livers has been the best player for Michigan averaging 15 points while shooting 49 percent from the field and 45.7 percent from behind the three point line.
Michigan is 8-1 against the spread in their last nine games against the Big Ten. Michigan is 20-7 against the spread in their last 27 games overall. Michigan is 20-7 against the spread in their last 27 games overall.
Michigan is the better team, but I think Rutgers is going to step up with their defense and they will find a way to keep this game close. Back Rutgers to keep this game close and cover the spread.