Rutgers hosts Northwestern on Thursday night at Louis Brown Athletic Center. The Wildcats are just one game away from reaching .500 in Big Ten play. The Scarlet Knights have suffered seven straight defeats. Northwestern has won five of their six total meetings against Rutgers.
Wildcats defense finally can’t deliver in blowout loss to Maryland
Northwestern’s offense has been lackluster lately, being held to just 61 points or less in their last four games. However, they’ve still been able to go 2-2 in that stretch as they held all their opponents to under 60 points — until they went to Maryland. They suffered a 73-57 blowout on Saturday, and while they weren’t favored, obviously didn’t cover their 4.5-point underdog spread. The Wildcats hit just 33.3 percent overall and had 7 assists to 13 turnovers.
Scottie Lindsey (14.4 ppg) was the best player on the team with 20 points, but it took 20 field goal attempts to get there (went 8-for-20). Still, he’s been an offensive success story with a team that’s struggled overall. He’s scored 14 points or more in five straight games, and these 20 points were the higher mark. Jordan Ash is questionable for Tuesday’s game with a lower-body injury.
Scarlet Knights offense returns to nearly non-existent in seven straight loss
Rutgers is, bluntly put, a terrible basketball team this year. While they’ve had a few better efforts two weeks ago, which includes a near upset of Purdue, they’ve been held to 55 points or less in six of their last nine games. They’ve lost seven straight games, and the most recent loss came at Nebraska, 67-55. They were actually favored against this same Cornhusker team in late January, but they were nine-point underdogs and still couldn’t cover that.
The Scarlet Knights were held to just 34.8 percent shooting and they converted only two of their 14 3-point shots. Both teams in the last game were awful from downtown in general (5-for-29 combined), but the Cornhuskers were still able to win convincingly. DeShawn Freeman (11.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg) has been the most consistent player recently, putting up double digits in seven of his last eight games. He scored 12 points and reeled in 7 boards against Nebraska.
- 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games after a SU loss
- 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against teams with a losing SU record
- 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall
- 21-45 ATS in their last 66 against Big Ten teams
Outside of a near miracle against Purdue, Rutgers has been awful in conference play this season (just two wins). Stay away from them at all costs, especially against a Wildcats team that’s improved defensively.