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How and what to watch for Northwestern vs. No. 25 Rutgers

Rutgers comes in following a four-game winning streak snapped, while Northwestern hasn’t won a game in 2021.

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Caleb McConnell is defended by Iowa Hawkeyes guard Joe Wieskamp during the first half at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights will look to begin a new winning streak, and they have a good chance at making that happen against the struggling Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday, February 13th.

Rutgers (11-7, 7-7 Big Ten) had their four-game streak snapped in their last time out with a 79-66 road loss to the No. 15 Iowa Hawkeyes on Wednesday night. The Scarlet Knights shot just 21.4% from the three-point line. Ron Harper Jr. averages 16.4 points per game but scored just nine on Wednesday and missed all four three-point attempts. Rutgers’ strength is on the defensive end where they rank No. 19 in adjusted defensive efficiency.

Northwestern (6-11, 3-10 Big Ten) is looking for their first victory since they day after Christmas. It’s been a rough 2021 for the Wildcats, as they’ve lost 10 straight games. In their last game, they gave up a pair of late leads in a 79-76 double overtime loss to the Indiana Hoosiers at home on Wednesday night. Northwestern’s leading scorer Chase Audige went for 19 points in the loss.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Northwestern vs. Rutgers on Saturday, February 13th at 5:00 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network, or you can watch via the Fox Sports Go app with a cable or streaming service login. If you don’t have a cable login to access the Fox Sports Go app, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream it.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Rutgers -8
Point Total: 138.5
Money line: Northwestern vs. Rutgers

  • Northwestern lost each of their last 10 games straight up and 2-7-1 against the spread in that span.
  • Northwestern hit the over in five of their last seven games, but the under hit in five of Rutgers’ last seven games.
  • Rutgers is 4-1 straight up in their last five and 3-2 in that span against the spread.

The Best Bet

Even in such a dire losing streak, Northwestern has shown an ability to grab 70 points or more consistently. That’s why the over would be a decent play in this conference showdown.

Pick: Over 138.5

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