The No. 3 Michigan Wolverines are on a three-game win streak and they will look to extend that further when they meet the No. 25 Rutgers Scarlet Knights in Ann Arbor this Thursday. The Scarlet Knights are also on a nice form of late, so this should be an interesting battle to watch. Check out our preview of this game below.
Betting Preview for the Rutgers Scarlett Knights vs Michigan Wolverines NCAA College Basketball Game on February 18 2021
Where: Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, MI
When: Thursday, February 18, 2021, 9:00 PM ET
Betting on the Rutgers Scarlett Knights (odds)
Record: 12-7 Overall / 8-7 Conference
After taking a whipping at the hands of Luka Garza and the Iowa Hawkeyes, the Scarlet Knights rebounded by beating the Northwestern Wildcats at home last Saturday, 64-50. Rutgers is now 5-1 straight up over their last six games, and that stretch includes wins over the likes of the Indiana Hoosiers and the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Rutgers’ defense has been clicking of late. The Scarlet Knights have limited opponents to just 38.3 percent shooting from the field and forced them into committing an average of 13.2 turnovers per contest. Rutgers plays in-your-face on-ball defense, as evidenced by the fact that the Scarlet Knights are averaging 8.2 steals per game. The Scarlet Knights are also tough around the rim defensively. Their 9.0 block percentage is 11th overall in the nation.
The under is 4-1 in Rutgers’ last five road games.
Betting on the Michigan Wolverines (odds)
Record: 14-1 Overall / 9-1 Conference
Michigan hammered out yet another quality win last Sunday, as the Wolverines defeated the Wisconsin Badgers on the road, 67-59. Before that, the Wolverines scored wins over the Maryland Terrapins (87-63) at home and against the Purdue Boilermakers (70-53) on the road. Michigan struggled in the first half against Wisconsin’s elite defense but got it going in the second half. Hunter Dickinson put up 11 points and had 15 rebounds, while Isiah Livers finished with 20 points. The Wolverines seem to be capable of adjusting to any style of their opponents because of their depth and versatility of the likes of Dickinson. The 7-foot-1 Dickinson is 22nd in the nation with a 68.2 true shooting percentage. As a team, Michigan is top seven in the nation in both adjusted offensive efficiency (118.5) and adjusted defensive efficiency (89.1).
Michigan is 4-0 against the spread in its last four home games.
Michigan wins, 75-66.
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