Northwestern at Rutgers 1/18/19 - NCAA Basketball Picks & Predictions

Last Updated: 08/21/2019 at 11:23 AM ET

Northwestern at Rutgers 1/18/19 - NCAA Basketball Picks & Predictions

The Northwestern Wildcats visit Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway, New Jersey on Friday to play the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. The Wildcats fell to 10-7 following an 80-60 loss to Michigan. Northwestern trailed at the half 50-28 and could not recover although they outscored the Wolverines in the second half 32-30. Dererk Pardon led the Wildcats in the loss with 20 points.

Rutgers fell to 8-8 on the season following its 89-54 loss to Purdue. The Scarlet Knights were led in the loss by Montez Mathis with 19 points, while Shaq Carter scored 10 and pulled down seven rebounds. Eugene Omoruyi missed his second straight game for Rutgers and is out for Friday’s game. Vic Law leads Northwestern in scoring with an average of 17.3 points per game. Two other Wildcats are averaging double figures in scoring. The leading rebounder is Dererk Pardon with an average of 7.8 rebounds per game, while the leader in assists is A.J. Turner with an average of 3.6 per game. Northwestern is shooting 42.9% from the field and 33.0% from 3-point territory.

Eugene Omoruyi is the leading scorer and leading rebounder for Rutgers with averages of 14.6 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Geo Baker is second in scoring and first in assists with averages of 13.0 points and 4.4 assists per game. Rutgers is shooting 40.7% from the field and 30.9% from 3-point territory.

Northwestern has covered the number in 5 of its last 7 versus Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights have lost two straight and much of that is due to the absence of leading scorer Eugene Omoruyi who is out injured and will not play Friday. Look for that trend to continue against Northwestern. Final Score Prediction, Northwestern Wildcats win and cover ATS 67-64.

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