The Big Ten Second Round gets underway Thursday afternoon when the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (18-13, 10-10 in Big Ten) battle the Michigan Wolverines (17-14, 11-9). Currently, Jerry Palm does not have Rutgers in the bracket and has Michigan as the last team in. Below is my college basketball prediction for Rutgers vs Michigan.
Rutgers vs Michigan Betting Pick
|ℹ️ The Pick:||Michigan -2.5|
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This game will be played at United Center at 12:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 9, 2023.
Why Bet Michigan -2.5
✅ Michigan is 5-0 ATS in their last five games played.
✅ The Wolverines are 5-1 ATS in their last six Big Ten games.
✅ Rutgers is 2-6 ATS in their last eight games overall.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights: Entering Bubble Showdown On Two-Game Losing Streak
Last time out, Rutgers hosed the Northwestern Wildcats and were comfortably beaten 65-53. The Scarlet Knights led for the first eight minutes of the game, but a long scoring drought gave the Wildcats the lead and they never looked back. Leading by four at halftime, the Wildcats pulled away in the second half to earn the second seed in the Big Ten Tournament. Rutgers trailed by as many as 14 points, led by seven, and lost outright as five-point favorites.
Clifford Omoruyi had 14 points, six rebounds, one steal, and two blocks on the night. Derek Simpson added 12 points, two rebounds, and two assists off the bench.
Through 31 games, Rutgers is scoring 68.2 points per game, shooting 43.0% from the field, and assisting on 15.0 made shots. The Scarlet Knights are allowing 60.4 points, grabbing 37.3 rebounds, blocking 3.9 shots, and stealing the ball 8.7 times.
Michigan Wolverines: Can They Claw Their Way Into NCAA Tournament With a Win?
Michigan ended their season with a 75-73 overtime loss at #15 Indiana. The Hoosiers dominated the first half, but Michigan went on a big run and were down just two at the half. Roles were reversed in the second half as Michigan was the better team and Indiana was the one who tied it late to send it to OT and, ultimately, to get the win. Michigan trailed by as many as 14 points, led by 12, and covered the +3.5-point spread.
Hunter Dickinson had 24 points, 14 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and five blocks in the game. Kobe Bufkin added 19 points, six rebounds, four assists, and one steal in the defeat.
After 31 games, Michigan is scoring 73.8 points per game, shooting 44.9% from the field, and assisting on 12.1 made shots. The Wolverines are allowing 69.6 points, grabbing 36.8 rebounds, blocking 4.7 shots, and stealing the ball 4.8 times.