Michigan vs Rutgers Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/29/24

Rutgers (13-13) vs Michigan (8-20)

Game Info: Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 8:30 pm (Jersey Mike's Arena)

Betting Odds: Rutgers -6.5 -- Over/Under: 137.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Michigan Wolverines and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet in college basketball action from the Jersey Mike’s Arena on Thursday night. Who comes out on top in this battle of Big Ten cellar dwellers? Let’s dive in and find out with our Michigan vs. Rutgers Prediction.

Michigan Team Preview

The Michigan Wolverines will be out to snap a five-game losing streak after an 84-76 loss to Purdue last time out. Dug McDaniel leads the Wolverines in scoring and assists with 16.7 PPG along with 4.7 APG while Olivier Nkamhoua has 14.8 PPG with a team-high 7.1 RPG and 2.7 APG to lead the Wolverines on the glass this season. Terrance Williams II has 12.4 PPG with 4.4 RPG to cap off the scoring in double figures for Michigan up to this point in the year. Nimari Burnett has 9.8 PPG with 4.1 RPG and Tarris Reed Jr. also has 9 PPG with 7.1 RPG as well on the year. As a team, Michigan is averaging 74.8 PPG on 45.6% shooting from the field, 37.1% from three and 70.4% from the foul line this season. Michigan will face Ohio State after this game.

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Rutgers Team Preview

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights will try to rebound and break up a three-game losing streak after a 63-46 loss to Maryland last time out. Jeremiah Williams has 12 PPG with 4.6 RPG and 3.6 APG through 7 games so far this season. Aundre Hyatt has 11 PPG along with 4.6 RPG while Clifford Omoruyi has 10.7 PPG with a team-high 8.6 RPG and 3.1 BPG to lead Rutgers on the glass as the only other double-digit scorer for Rutgers up to this point in the year. Derek Simpson also has 9.1 PPG with 3.2 RPG and a team-high 3.1 APG to lead Rutgers in assists while Mawot Mag has 9.1 PPG with 3.8 RPG as well this season. As a team, Rutgers is averaging 66.1 PPG on 39.1% shooting from the field, 29.1% from three and 66.8% from the foul line this season.

Michigan vs. Rutgers Prediction

I’m taking Michigan and the points here. I know it’s been a disappointing year for the Wolverines, but a lot of Michigan’s road struggles come from the fact that Dug McDaniel was suspended for the bulk of Michigan’s conference road games. He’s back for this game and that is huge considering he’s Michigan’s top scoring threat. Rutgers is defense-first and they’re one of the best defensive units in the country, but at a certain point, you have to be able to put points on the board to win games and I’m not sure I can trust Rutgers to do that. Give me Michigan and the points in what should be a low-scoring rock fight.

Chris’s Pick Michigan +6.5

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