Maine at Rutgers: 12/30/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Maine at Rutgers: 12/30/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Rutgers Scarlet Knights (5-5) vs Maine Black Bears (3-7)

Game Info: Thursday, December 30, 2021 at 1:00 pm (Jersey Mike's Arena)

Betting Odds: Rutgers Scarlet Knights -23 -- Over/Under: 120.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Maine Black Bears and Rutgers Scarlet Knights face off on Thursday in a college basketball showdown in Piscataway, New Jersey. When these two teams faced off in 2018 it was Rutgers that won 70-55.

Maine comes into this game with a 3-7 record overall and they have gone 1-6 against the spread. In the last game against Merrimack, the offense could only manage 47 points and that led to the two-point defeat. Maine overall this season is averaging 58 points while their defense is giving up 65.1 points per game. Vukasin Masic has been the top player for Maine averaging nine points while shooting 43.7 percent from the field and 35 percent from behind the three-point line. One big issue for this team is they don’t really have a star player they can lean on in key moments of games. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Rutgers Scarlet Knights who sit with a 5-5 record and they have gone 2-7-1 against the spread. Even though Rutgers has been inconsistent this season, they do have some big wins this season including against the Purdue Boilermakers. Rutgers last game came on December 12th against Seton Hall and the defense struggled in that game giving up 77 points. Rutgers is averaging 65.8 points while their defense is giving up 67.2 points per game. Ron Harper Jr has been the top player for Rutgers averaging 15.8 points while shooting 41.6 percent from the field and 39.6 percent from behind the three-point line. 

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Maine is 0-7 against the spread in their last seven games played on the road. Rutgers is 1-6 against the spread in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning percentage below .400. The under is 4-0 in the Scarlet Knights last 4 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. The over is 4-1 in Rutgers last five games overall. 

Maine’s offense isn’t good, and they are going to struggle to score again in this game against Rutgers. It wouldn’t be shocking if Maine finished under 50 points again, and that will lead to Rutgers getting the job done. Back Rutgers to win this game and cover the spread. 

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Shane’s Pick Rutgers -23

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