Rutgers Scarlet Knights (11-7 SU, 5-6-1 ATS, 4-8-0 OU) vs Indiana Hoosiers (11-6 SU, 7-8-0 ATS, 8-7-0 OU)
When: 12:00 PM ET, Sunday, January 15, 2017
Where: Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Indiana
Lines: Indiana -16.5
College basketball action on Sunday afternoon and the Rutgers Scarlet Knight will duke it out with the Indiana Hoosiers at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana. The Scarlet Knights have lost their last six games in a row, including their first five in the Big 10, while the Hoosiers are off a 75-72 loss at Maryland and have now started out 1-3 in the Big 10.
Scarlet Knights Still Looking For First League Win
This really is going to a be a long rest of the year for the Scarlet Knights. They come in at 11-7 overall, but 5hey have lost their last six games in a row, including their first five to start league play. Their offense is the biggest reason for their struggles of late as they have averaged just 57.8 ppg over their last six games. The defense has been strong for this team so for, but at some point they will have to start scoring and will clearly need to score in this one as the Hoosiers will get their points. In their last game, they fell 69-60 to Northwestern. The Scarlet Knights shot just 31.9% from the field overall and they were just on of 12 from long range. Corey Sanders led the attack with 18 points, while DeShawn Freeman had 12 points and pulled down 15 boards as well. The defense played well as usual as they held the cats to just 38.1% shooting overall, including just 15% from long range. Rutgers has five players that average at least 7.7 ppg and they have been led by Nigel Johnson, who has put up 11.9 ppg.
Rutgers has averaged 57.2 ppg and have allowed 72.4 ppg in league play this year so far, while on the road for the year they have averaged 62.6 ppg and have allowed 71.9 ppg. The Knights check in at 277th in the nation in scoring, putting up 68.9 ppg, while also ranking 293rd in FG% (41.7%), 345th in 3-point shooting (28.6%) and 27th in free throw shooting (64.7%). At the defensive end of the floor they have been very solid as they come in ranked 38th in points allowed, giving up just 64.7 ppg, while also ranking 22nd in defensive FG% (39.0%) and 90th in 3-point defense (30.2%).
Hoosiers Fall In Close Contest At Maryland
The Indiana Hoosiers started this season out pretty well as they were scoring in bunches and playing good defense, but now that they are in league play, things have changed as they have won just one of their four Big 10 games so far. They are just 1-4 in their last five games overall and just don’t look like the same team they were earlier in the year. The Hoosiers come in off a tough 75-72 loss at Maryland. They shot well in that game and their defense was not terrible, but they were -6 in the turnover battle and that was really what cost them in this tight game. The Hoosiers were led in the game by James Blackmon Jr, who had 22 points, while Robert Johnson had 13. They were the only two to put up double-digits for the Hoosiers in the game. Indiana has seven players that average at least 6.2 ppg and they have been led by Blackmon, who has put up 17.6 ppg, while 2nd is Johnson at 13.9 ppg.
The Hoosiers have averaged 88.7 ppg and have allowed 65.1 ppg here at home for the year, while in conference play this year they have averaged 79.8 ppg and have allowed 79.2 ppg. Indiana enters this contest ranked 17th in the nation in scoring, putting up 85.1 ppg, while also ranking 14th in FG% (50.7%), 23rd in 3-point shooting (39.9%) and 74th in free throw shooting (73.2%). At the defensive end of the floor they have been decent as they come in ranked 128th in points allowed, giving up 69.8 ppg, while also ranking 68th in defensive FG% (40.6%) and 51st in 3-point defense (31.2%).
- 8-27 ATS in their last 35 games following a straight up loss
- 4-11 ATS in their last 15 road games vs. a team with a winning home record
- 5-1 ATS in their last six home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400
- 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS loss
The Hoosiers have not been playing well of late and the Knights are a team that has played great defense this year. Still, Indiana’s lone home win in league play was by 16 over Illinois and the Knights have been outscored by 15 ppg in league play so far this year. The Hoosiers will explode on this team and while the Knights have played very good defense this year, their offense just isn’t good enough to keep this game close. Look for the Hoosiers to win by around 20 points.