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Rutgers vs. Iowa Hawkeyes Prediction 1/6/2024

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights (8-5) travel to face off against the Iowa Hawkeyes (8-6) on Saturday, January 6th. This game will be played at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City and televised on BTN. Both Rutgers and Iowa will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip-off is scheduled for 12:00 ET.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Iowa Hawkeyes

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

So far this season, Rutgers is 8-5 overall and 0-2 in Big Ten play. In their last game, they lost to Ohio State by a score of 76-72. On the road, the Scarlet Knights are 1-2 this season and have gone 4-6 on the road over their last 10 games.

Today, Rutgers is the underdog and are getting 5.5 points. So far this season, they have been favored in 9 of their 13 games and have gone 7-2 as the favorite.

As the underdog, Rutgers has gone 2-2 against the spread this season. On the road, their ATS mark is 2-1 and over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Scarlet Knights are 6-4 vs. the spread.

So far this season, the over/under record in Rutgers games is 3-10 and today’s line of 150.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (135.7). This year, all 13 of their games have finished with less points than today’s OU line and in their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 with an average scoring total of 131 points.

The Iowa Hawkeyes Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

After a tough loss to Wisconsin in their last game, the Iowa Hawkeyes will look to bounce back as they host the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. So far this season, Iowa has an overall record of 8-6 and are favored by 5.5 points in this matchup.

At home, the Hawkeyes have been dominant, going 8-2 and winning their last three games on their home court. Over their last ten games at home, Iowa is an impressive 8-2 and have an average scoring margin of +19.0 points per game.

As the favorite this season, the Hawkeyes have gone 4-5 vs. the spread, and their home ATS mark is 4-6. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, Iowa’s ATS record is also 4-6.

So far this season, the over/under record for Iowa games is 10-4, and today’s line of 150.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games (161.4). In their last three games, the over/under record is 3-0 with an average scoring total of 171.

Rutgers Offense Breakdown

In their recent matchup, the Rutgers offense ended with 72 points against Ohio State. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 40.3% and made 6 threes. Aundre Hyatt is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today’s matchup with an average of 12.1. Meanwhile, Clifford Omoruyi also brings a PPG average of 11.1 into the game.

Aundre Hyatt (F) 12.1 5.8 1.5
Clifford Omoruyi (C) 11.1 8.9 0.6
Derek Simpson (G) 10.0 3.2 2.9

Iowa Offense Breakdown

Coming off their recent game, the Iowa offense tallied 72 points in a matchup against Wisconsin. Their field goal percentage for the game was 43.5%, and they made 7 threes. One area that the Iowa offense has been good this season is getting to the line. Currently, they are 88th in free-throw attempts per contest. Overall, they have a field goal percentage of 47%.

Ben Krikke (F) 16.5 5.3 1.6
Tony Perkins (G) 14.1 4.5 3.6
Payton Sandfort (F) 13.5 6.8 2.8

Rutgers Team Defense

So far, the Scarlet Knights’ defense is ranked 17th in the country at 62.5 points per contest. Rutgers’ three-point defense is currently 110th in the country at 6.8 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 37.9% of their shots vs. Rutgers.

Iowa Team Defense

Looking at the Iowa defense, they will be looking for a better performance considering they are currently conceding 77.6 points per game (252nd). In today’s game vs. Rutgers, the Iowa defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, Iowa made 25 free-throws vs. the Hawkeyes.

Scarlet Knights vs Hawkeyes Trends

  • When looking at their past three road matchups, Rutgers has an ATS record of 2-1 while averaging 66 per game. The team went 1-2 overall in these games.
  • Through their last five home contests, the Hawkeyes offense has averaged 75 points per game while allowing an average of 84. Iowa posted an overall record of 1-4 while going 2-3 ATS.
  • Spanning across their last three games as the betting underdog, the Scarlet Knights have gone 2-1 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 1-2.
  • As the betting favorite, the Hawkeyes have an ATS record of 2-1 in their last three games. In these matchups, their straight up record was 3-0.

Scarlet Knights vs Hawkeyes Prediction

We’re putting our money on the Hawkeyes to win, and have the projected score sitting at 76-68. We also like them to cover the spread, so our recommendation is to bet on the Hawkeyes at -5.5.

As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 150.5 and our model has the Scarlet Knights and Hawkeyes finishing with a combined 144 points. Our pick is to take the under.

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