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Rutgers at Indiana odds, picks and prediction

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights (16-12, 10-8 Big Ten) and Indiana Hoosiers (18-10, 9-9) clash in a Wednesday conference showdown. The battle at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., is slated to tip off at 7 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Rutgers vs. Indiana odds and lines, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.

Rutgers is coming off a Saturday loss to Wisconsin and has lost three straight games since upsetting Illinois Feb. 16. The slow-tempo Scarlet Knights had held teams to just 65.2 points per game (PPG) in going 5-1 from Jan. 29-Feb. 16, but they’ve allowed 73.7 PPG over their three straight losses.

The Hoosiers have won back-to-back games after enduring a five-game skid (Feb. 5-21) of their own. Indiana logged several awful shooting games in the losing streak, including a 57.4% mark from the field (44.1% from beyond the arc) over wins against Maryland and Minnesota.

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Rutgers at Indiana odds, spread and lines

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  • Money line: Rutgers +180 (bet $100 to win $180) | Indiana -230 (bet $230 to win $100)
  • Against the spread (ATS): Rutgers +5.5 (-120) | Indiana -5.5 (-105)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 132.5 (O: -108 | U: -112)

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Rutgers at Indiana odds, lines, picks and predictions

Prediction

Indiana 69, Rutgers 63

Money line

Indiana has been at its best against slower teams and those that don’t excel on defense. Peg the Hoosiers as having a near-75% win probability in this one … and that makes for value on INDIANA (-230).

Against the spread

The Knights are 1-7-1 ATS in their last nine road games against teams that win at a .600 clip at home. The Hoosiers are 6-1 ATS in their last seven home games against foes with a losing road record.

Against the four slowest Big Ten teams it has played (Purdue, Ohio State, Minnesota, Penn State), the Hoosiers are a combined 5-2 ATS.

IU has been taking better care of the ball and getting to the foul line more frequently lately. The Hoosiers keeping a winning margin in two-possession territory is a bit of a risk but one worth a play at INDIANA -5.5 (-105).

Over/Under

This one figures to be right on the number with little wiggle room. PASS.

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