Rutgers vs. Northwestern Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Sunday, March 5, 2023
The Northwestern Wildcats (20-10, 11-8 Big Ten) are underdogs (+5) as they attempt to stop a three-game losing streak when they visit the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (18-12, 10-9 Big Ten) at 7:30 PM ET on Sunday, March 5, 2023 at Jersey Mike’s Arena. The game airs on Big Ten Network. The matchup has an over/under of 127.5.
Rutgers vs. Northwestern Odds
- Rutgers odds to win: -229
- Northwestern odds to win: +185
- Spread: Rutgers (-5)
- Total: 127.5
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Game Time and Information
- Date: Sunday, March 5, 2023
- Time: 7:30 PM ET
- TV: Big Ten Network
- Where: Piscataway, New Jersey
- Venue: Jersey Mike’s Arena
Who Will Win Rutgers vs. Northwestern?
Rutgers and Northwestern Betting Trends, Records Against the Spread
Rutgers is 10-7 against the spread when favored by 5 points or more this season.
Northwestern is 6-2 against the spread when an underdog by 5 points or more this year.
These two teams average 136.5 points per game combined, nine more than the total of 127.5.
Opponents of these two teams have averaged a combined 122.8 points per game, 4.7 fewer than the over/under for this matchup.
The average total Rutgers has had in its games this season is 1.4 more points than this particular game’s point total.
The average point total for the Wildcats this season is three points higher than this game’s over/under.
The Scarlet Knights are 18-12-0 ATS this season.
The Wildcats have an 18-12-0 record against the spread this season.
Rutgers Stats & Insights
Rutgers’ +254 scoring differential (outscoring opponents by 8.5 points per game) is a result of scoring 68.7 points per game (258th in college basketball) while giving up 60.2 per outing (seventh in college basketball).
The 34.6 rebounds per game Rutgers averages rank 42nd in the country, and are 3.6 more than the 31 its opponents collect per outing.
The Scarlet Knights connect on 1.4 fewer threes per contest than the opposition, 5.8 (327th in college basketball) compared to their opponents’ 7.2.
Rutgers ranks 246th in college basketball by averaging 91.2 points per 100 possessions on offense, and defensively is fifth in college basketball, allowing 79.9 points per 100 possessions.
The Scarlet Knights are posting 71.5 points per game at home. In away games, they are averaging 64.3 points per contest.
Northwestern Stats & Insights
Northwestern puts up 67.8 points per game (281st in college basketball) while giving up 62.6 per contest (21st in college basketball). It has a +156 scoring differential and outscores opponents by 5.2 points per game.
Northwestern pulls down 31.7 rebounds per game (181st in college basketball), compared to the 31.7 of its opponents.
Northwestern makes 7.7 three-pointers per game (139th in college basketball) compared to its opponents’ 7.8. It shoots 32.4% from deep, and its opponents shoot 34.4%.
Northwestern ranks 218th in college basketball with 92.4 points scored per 100 possessions, and 41st defensively with 85.3 points conceded per 100 possessions.
The Wildcats average 68.2 points per game at home, and 69.9 away.
Rutgers Key Players to Watch
Clifford Omoruyi leads the Scarlet Knights in scoring and rebounding, tallying 13.5 points and 9.9 rebounds per game.
Paul Mulcahy is Rutgers’ best passer, distributing 4.9 assists per game while scoring 8.2 PPG.
The Scarlet Knights get the most three-point shooting production out of Cam Spencer, who makes two threes per game.
Caleb McConnell and Omoruyi lead Rutgers on the defensive end, with McConnell leading the team in steals averaging 2.4 per game and Omoruyi in blocks averaging 2.1 per contest.
Northwestern Key Players to Watch
The Wildcats’ Boo Buie averages enough points (17.3 per game) and assists (4.6 per game) to sit atop the team’s leaderboards.
Matthew Nicholson’s stat line of 5.5 rebounds, 6 points and 1.3 assists per game helps him grab the top spot on the Northwestern rebounding leaderboard.
Chase Audige is the most prolific from the three-point line for the Wildcats, hitting two threes per game.
Northwestern’s leader in steals is Audige with 2.4 per game, and its leader in blocks is Nicholson with 1.1 per game.
Rutgers vs. Northwestern Prediction
- Pick ATS:
- Pick OU:
Rutgers 67, Northwestern 63
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