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Indiana at Rutgers odds, picks and prediction

The Indiana Hoosiers (12-10 overall, 7-8 Big Ten) visit the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (12-9, 8-9) Wednesday. Tip-off for the conference tilt is slated for 8 p.m. ET at Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway, N.J. Below, we analyze the Indiana-Rutgers college basketball odds and lines, with picks and predictions.

The Scarlet Knights are tied for seventh place in the Big Ten, just percentage points ahead of the ninth-place Hoosiers.

Neither team is ranked in the Ferris Mowers Coaches Poll powered by USA TODAY Sports. Five Big Ten teams are ranked with three – No. 3 Michigan, No. 4 Illinois and No. 5 Ohio State – in the top five.

Indiana at Rutgers: Odds, spread and lines

Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated at 6:40 a.m. ET.

  • Money line: Indiana +145 (bet $100 to win $145) | Rutgers -175 (bet $175 to win $100)
  • Against the spread/ATS: Indiana +3.5 (-110) | Rutgers -3.5 (-110)
  • Over/Under: 132.5 (O: -115 | U: -105)

Indiana at Rutgers: Three things to know

  1. Indiana has alternated wins and losses in its last four outings, suffering a 78-71 setback to Michigan State Saturday as a 6.5-point home favorite.  Sophomore F Trayce Jackson-Davis is third in the Big Ten with 20.2 points per game and second in the conference with 9.4 rebounds per game.
  2. Rutgers is on a 2-game skid and has dropped three of its last four. The Scarlet Knights were upset 68-59 at home by Maryland Sunday as 4.5-point favorites. Junior G Ron Harper Jr. leads the Knights with 15.5 PPG, while junior C Myles Johnson pulls down a team-high 8.5 RPG and is second in the Big Ten with 2.3 blocks per game.
  3. Rutgers upset Indiana 74-70 Jan. 24 behind senior G Gio Baker’s game-high 19 points, including 4 3-pointers. The Scarlet Knights were 5.5-point underdogs and won in Bloomington, Ind., for the first time in four visits.

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Indiana at Rutgers: Odds, lines, predictions and picks

Prediction

Rutgers 67, Indiana 60

Money line (ML)

PASS. While I’m calling for a Rutgers victory, the -175 ML price is a bit chalky.

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Against the spread (ATS)

Bet the SCARLET KNIGHTS -3.5 (-110) for a HALF-UNIT. This may be somewhat surprising, but they’re 4-1 in the last 5 in this series.

The reason for the half-unit play is because is the Hoosiers are so “Jekyll and Hyde.” They tend to play well following a bad outing and are 4-1 ATS after a straight-up loss.

ATS: Indiana 12-9-1 | Rutgers 10-10-1

Over/Under (O/U)

UNDER 132.5 (-105) is the STRONGEST PLAY – 1½ times your usual wager. I’ve mentioned this in almost every Indiana piece I’ve written this season: IU’s backcourt is inconsistent and stinks shooting the ball.

In Saturday’s loss to Michigan State, junior G Rob Phinisee (0-for-6) and senior G Al Durham (0-for-4) were a combined 0-for-10 from the field, including 0-for-6 behind the arc.

Rutgers, which averages 68.1 PPG in Big Ten play, is on a 4-0 Under run and 3-10 O/U in its last 13 games.

Plus, both teams are awful when it comes to free throws. IU shoots 66.7% from the charity stripe, and Rutgers is even worse at 62.5%.

O/U records: Indiana 12-9-1 | Rutgers 9-11-1

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JOHNNY PARLAY’S RECORD W-L SP ROI
2020-21 College hoops 71-60-1 32-33 +4.375
College hoops since Jan. 1 56-43-1 27-23 +11.1
2021 record (all sports) 71-52-1 37-25 +22.4
*–SP: Strongest plays; ROI: Return on investment

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