Iowa vs Rutgers Odds: Line, Spread, Over/Under
The 13-4 Iowa Hawkeyes travel to Rutgers to take on the 10-6 Scarlett Knights at 8:30 PM EST tonight. WynnBET has Iowa as a 3.5 point favorite and -175 on the moneyline ($17.5 to win $10) while Rutgers is +140 ($10 to win $14) to win. The over/under is 150.5.
Iowa vs Rutgers Prediction Tonight
These two teams seem to have large gaps in most metrics, with Iowa being a steady yet elite offensive team led by Keegan Murray and Rutgers being inconsistent. One would think this is an easy Iowa victory at first glance. However, Rutgers plays its best basketball at home while Iowa seems to struggle on the road. So where does the value lie?
Rutgers has the ability to beat anyone at home, as evidenced by knocking off then-#1 ranked Purdue last month. Iowa can score with any team in the country but nearly blew a 23-point lead against Minnesota in their last contest.
Bart Torvik has the Hawkeyes as the #3 offense in the country and the #1 ranked team in preventing turnovers. They play fast and score in bunches, but are plagued by a leaky defense that doesn’t rebound well and gives opponents opportunities to hang around if they can catch fire shooting.
The inconsistency of Iowa on the road and Rutgers’ dominance at home, where they are 9-1 this season, makes me leery of picking Iowa against a Rutgers team in need of marquee wins to stamp their ticket to the NCAA tournament.
That being said, there is a trend that I believe we can take advantage of. As a favorite, Iowa is 11-2-1 to the over this season, including going over each of their last 6 games. With a desperate Rutgers team knowing they’ll need to score to keep up, I see this trend continuing and like the over 150.5 as my best bet.
What Channel is the Iowa Game On?
Iowa vs Rutgers will be broadcast on BTN at 8:30 PM EST.