Michigan vs Rutgers NCAA Basketball Betting Lines & Preview

Michigan vs Rutgers NCAA Basketball Betting Lines & Preview

Written by on February 5, 2019

Seventh-ranked Michigan looks to stay atop the Big Ten standings when the Wolverines visit Rutgers on Tuesday as solid NCAAB lines favorites. It’s the only scheduled meeting of the season between the schools. Michigan has never lost in the series. Might that change?

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Season Series

First and only scheduled meeting. Last year, Michigan beat Rutgers 62-47 in the lone meeting. Moe Wagner scored 16 points and Duncan Robinson added 12 for the Wolverines.

They took the lead for good with a 13-0 run in the first half. Michigan shot just 43 percent from the field, but the Wolverines held Rutgers to only 33 percent. Corey Sanders scored 12 points for Rutgers, and Deshawn Freeman added 11 points and 11 rebounds. Freeman also had the only assist of the game for the Scarlet Knights. Yes, that’s right: One freaking assist. U-M holds a 10-0 all-time record against Rutgers.

Why Bet on Michigan?

The Wolverines were upset 74-59 at Iowa on Friday. Luka Garza scored 19 points, Joe Wieskamp added 16 and Iowa stunned then-No. 5 Michigan, handing the Wolverines their second loss of the season. Ryan Kriener had 15 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for the Hawkeyes who snapped a two-game losing streak with their biggest win in years. Iowa put Michigan in its biggest hole of the season, 14 points, late in the first half. The Hawkeyes used a 21-2 run to grab a 42-29 lead at the break.

Iowa shot 47.3 percent, which included 42.9 percent from beyond the arc to capture the win. Early foul trouble also plagued the Wolverines, who committed 20 fouls on the night.

Michigan had three players reach double-digit scoring with freshman Ignas Brazdeikis and sophomore Jordan Poole netting 16 points each, while junior Zavier Simpson scored 10. Simpson was three assists and two rebounds shy of his second straight triple-double.

Simpson is second in the Big Ten with 6.0 assists per game and leads the league with 3.4 assists per turnover (131 assists, 38 turnovers). Simpson (318) needs two assists to move into 14th place on U-M’s all-time list — Darius Morris (319). Simpson (106) became the 23rd Wolverine to reach 100 steals in a career. He needs 29 more to reach the top 10 all-time at U-M — Thad Garner (1979-82) and Dion Harris (2004-07) are 10th at 135.

Already the all-time winningest coach at U-M with 268 wins, John Beilein needs one Big Ten win to pass Johnny Orr’s U-M record of 120. Beilein is historically one of 21 Big Ten coaches to win 100 or more in a career. Beilein is 9-2 all-time against Rutgers, including a 5-0 record with U-M.

The Wolverines have bounced back from a loss with a win 12 straight times dating back to a pair of early January losses in 2017.

Team Stats

Offense
  • Total Score: 70.82
  • Field Goal Percentage: 44.92
  • Three-Point Percentage: 34.41
  • Free Throw Percentage: 67.82
  • Total Rebounds: 35.95

Defense

  • Total Score: 56.95
  • Field Goal Percentage: 39.53
  • Three-Point Percentage: 29.89
  • Free Throw Percentage: 65.69
  • Total Rebounds: 33.77

Why Bet on Rutgers?

Rutgers had a rare three-game winning streak snapped in a 76-62 loss at Ohio State on Saturday. Kaleb Wesson led the Buckeyes with 27 points. Wesson had 17 of his team’s first 20 points to open the game. He made his first six shots from the floor, including three 3-pointers. He ended up 10 of 12 from the floor, including 3 of 4 on 3s. The three-game winning streak was Rutgers’ longest conference winning streak since 2003-04 when the school was a member of the Big East. It fell to 2-39 in Big Ten road games over five seasons in the conference.

Eugene Omoruyi posted 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting and both Caleb McConnell and Shaquille Doorson tied career scoring bests, but Rutgers (11-10, 4-7) was unable to account for 13 Ohio State three-pointers. The Scarlet Knights out-rebounded OSU by a 36-25 margin. Courtesy of its work on the glass, the Scarlet Knights out-scored Ohio State 32-20 in the paint and 16-8 in second-chance points. The home squad, however, committed just six turnovers to capitalize 22-6 in points-off-turnovers.

Rutgers ranks 19th nationally in offensive rebounds (13.33) and 28th in total rebounds (39.52). RU leads the Big Ten in offensive boards and is second in total rebounds. Rutgers used a starting lineup of Geo Baker, Montez Mathis, Ron Harper Jr., Eugene Omoruyi and Doorson for the fourth time this season. The Scarlet Knights have utilized six different starting lineups this season.

Omoruyi leads Rutgers with 14.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. Originally from Ontario, Omoruyi played at Orangeville Prep — the same prep school as U-M freshman Ignas Brazdeikis. The two played one season together (2016-17).

Rutgers’ four wins are the most for the Scarlet Knights in conference play since joining the Big Ten. In fact, they had never won back-to-back Big Ten games until their recent three-game streak.

Tuesday, the Scarlet Knights will be working to win three consecutive conference home games and improve to 4-3 at the RAC in league play. RU has the opportunity to capture its second ranked victory and earn multiple wins over ranked foes in the same season since 2011-12.

Team Stats

Offense
  • Total Score: 66.90
  • Field Goal Percentage: 40.67
  • Three-Point Percentage: 31.63
  • Free Throw Percentage: 63.04
  • Total Rebounds: 39.52

Defense

  • Total Score: 66.62
  • Field Goal Percentage: 42.26
  • Three-Point Percentage: 35.52
  • Free Throw Percentage: 63.51
  • Total Rebounds: 34.62

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Michigan vs Rutgers NCAAB Betting Trends

  • Wolverines are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS loss
  • Scarlet Knights are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record
  • Wolverines are 12-3 SU in their last 15 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Michigan’s last 6 games on the road
  • Scarlet Knights are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games when playing Michigan
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Rutgers’s last 6 games when playing Michigan

Expert NCAAB Betting Prediction for Michigan vs Rutgers

Can’t predict the outright upset – it will be close, though, so take the points.