Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Northwestern Wildcats 1/31/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Northwestern Wildcats 1/31/2021 Picks Predictions Previews
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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights will be dribbling the ball through the hoop against the Northwestern Wildcats at the Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston on Sunday, January 31, 2021, at 7:30 PM ET. The Scarlet Knights earned a back-to-back win after a 30-point lead triumph over the Michigan State Spartans last Thursday at 67-37. Rutgers settled in 7th place of the Big Ten Conference at 5-6 with a .455 team-percentage and a 9-6 overall standing. Center Myles Johnson recorded a double-double in leading the Scarlet Knights in victory with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Geo Baker chipped in 11 points with a team-high 5 assists and Jacob Young added 10 points in the winning effort.

Rutgers outscored the Michigan State Spartans with a scoring rate of 43.3% from the field, but struggled in their shooting from the three-point range with just 26.3% (5/19), and sank 10 of their 12 (83.3%) attempts from the foul line. The Scarlet Knights dominated the board at both sides of the court with 42 total rebounds and dished out a game-high 12 assists in the win. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights denied 7 shot attempts with 14 steals and won the turnover battle with 13 to 21 in the winning effort. The team also committed 14 personal fouls in the process.

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Northwestern Wildcats Predictions 1/31/2021

The Northwestern Wildcats ended up with 7 consecutive losses after a 3-point defeat versus the Penn State Nittany Lions last January 23, 2021, at 78-81. Northwestern is in 12th place of the Big Ten Conference at 3-7 with a team-percentage of .300 and an overall standing of 6-8. In leading the way for the Wildcats, Forward Miller Kopp scored 19 points and Guard Boo Buie chipped in 18 with a team-high 4 assists. Forward Pete Nance contributed 17 points and also topped the rebounding with 7 boards.

Northwestern topped the scoring with a 49.2% (29/59) shooting rate from the field, connected 11 of 26 (42.3%) tries from beyond the arc and made 9 of 12 (75.0%) free throw attempts. The Wildcats pulled down 25 total rebounds with 5 coming from the offensive end and distributed a game-high 16 assists. The Northwestern Wildcats blocked 2 shots and stole the ball 8 times while winning the battle in turnover with 14-16. The team ended up with 20 personal fouls in the game.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Northwestern Wildcats. The NCAAB Pick for this game is Rutgers -4. The Scarlet Knights ranked 155th on the offense and 148th on defense while the Wildcats ranked 88th on the offense and 234th on defense. Rutgers is 3-7 in its last 10 matches against Northwestern and the totals went UNDER in 5 of the Scarlet Knights’ last 7 outings. The Wildcats are 1-6 ATS in its last 7 contests and the totals went OVER in 6 of Northwestern’s last 9 games. Rutgers managed to recover from losing 5 straight matches and won their last 2 outings, while the Wildcats continued their struggle in losing 7 outings in a row. The predicted score, Rutgers Scarlet Knights will win and cover ATS at 73-68.

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Northwestern Wildcats 1/31/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAB Starting Time: 7:30 PM ET

Location: Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, IL

Date: Sunday, January 31, 2021


NCAAB Odds/Point Spread: Rutgers Scarlet Knights -4

NCAAB Totals: 140.5

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