Rutgers at Northwestern - 1/11/23 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Northwestern Wildcats (12-3) vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights (11-5)

Game Info: Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at 9:00 pm (Welsh-Ryan Arena)

Betting Odds: Northwestern Wildcats +1 -- Over/Under: 117 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Northwestern Wildcats face off on Wednesday in a college basketball showdown at Welsh-Ryan Arena. When these two teams faced off in February of 2022 it was Northwestern that secured the 79-78 victory. 

Rutgers comes into this game with an 11-5 record and they have gone 11-5 against the spread. Rutgers has been impressive this season, but they are coming off a very disappointing season. Rutgers only scored 65 points against the Iowa defense, and that led to the 11 point defeat. Cam Spencer finished with 13 points, five rebounds, and three assists. Rutgers is averaging 71.5 points while their defense is giving up 56.2 points per game. The defense is ranked 4th in the league. Clifford Omoruyi is averaging 13.8 points while shooting 50 percent from the field and 23.5 percent from behind the three point line. 

On the other side of this matchup is Northwestern who sits with a 12-3 record overall and they have gone 9-6 against the spread. In the last game against Indiana, Northwestern scored 84 points and that was enough to win by a point. Northwestern is averaging 68.8 points while their defense is giving up 58.9 points per game. This has been a defense first team but in the last game it was the offense. Northwestern is averaging 68.8 points while their defense is giving up 58.9 points per game. Chase Audige is averaging 16 points while shooting 39.6 percent from the field and 36.6 percent from behind the three point line. 

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Rutgers is 5-1 against the spread in their last six games. The under is 4-0 in the WIldcats last four games on Wednesday. The under is 6-1 in the Wildcats last seven home games against a team with road winning percentage of less than .400. The under is 5-0 in the Scarlet Knights last 5 road games against a team with a winning home record.

Northwestern has been quite impressive and they have proven they can find success with their offense and their defense. Rutgers offense struggled against Iowa in the last game and they are going to struggle again in this game against Northwestern. The Wildcats' defense will lockdown, and Northwestern will cover the spread. 

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Shane’s Pick Northwestern +1

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