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NCAA Basketball Odds Betting Line Favors Northwestern Wildcats Over Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Welsh-Ryan Arena features an NCAA Basketball betting clash between the host Northwestern Wildcats and the visiting Rutgers Scarlet Knights in college hoops betting odds action on Saturday.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Northwestern Wildcats betting line opened as -18-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at BetOnline but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening over/under total as well at MyBookie.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Northwestern Wildcats Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The 17-11 and 12-14-2 ATS Northwestern Wildcats will face the 6-22 Rutgers Scarlet Knights, who own a 9-15 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Northwestern Wildcats are 12-14-2 on the OVER/UNDER so far this season while the Rutgers Scarlet Knights are 16-8.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Northwestern Wildcats rated this week at No. 294 and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights sitting at No. 348.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Northwestern has the nation's No. 171-rated offensive output, at 71.43 PPG. The visiting Rutgers Scarlet Knights defense ranks No. 250 allowing on average 79.82 PPG. The Wildcats FG% has averaged 44.87% so far, more than the Northwestern Scarlet Knights marksmen have achieved on the year, 41.77% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Scarlet Knights were hammered by Minnesota on Tuesday, losing by a 83-61 final at Williams Arena in college basketball betting action.

Northwestern suffered a 72-63 loss against Michigan on Wednesday, getting 19 points from Alex Olah in a losing effort at Crisler Center.

Betting Trends
  • Rutgers is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Rutgers is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 14 of Rutgers's last 16 games
  • Rutgers is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
  • Northwestern is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Northwestern is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games
  • Northwestern is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games at home
  • Northwestern is 17-4 SU in its last 21 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Rutgers home to Michigan State, Wednesday, March 2nd
Northwestern at Penn State, Thursday, March 3rd