No. 18 Indiana basketball and No. 24 Rutgers meet in Bloomington on February 7, just over two months after the Scarlet Knights took down the Hoosiers in December.
On December 3, 2022, unranked Rutgers handed No. 10 Indiana basketball its first loss of the season after the Hoosiers took down the 2022 national championship runner-ups just three days prior.
The game in December earlier this season did not feature the Hoosiers’ star freshman, Jalen Hood-Schifino, and Indiana scored a season-low 48 points in Piscataway. The leading scorer for that game happened to be Miller Kopp, who knocked down five three-pointers and poured in a season-high 21 points.
Xavier Johnson shot just 2-for-11 from the field in that game, while Trayce Jackson-Davis posted 13 points, 10 rebounds, and four blocks on 5-for-11 shooting from the field. I have this gut feeling that Jackson-Davis is out for blood against Rutgers on Tuesday night.
The Hoosiers have lost five straight games against the Scarlet Knights and Trayce Jackson-Davis has yet to beat Rutgers in a game since he came to Bloomington in 2019-20. Since joining the Big Ten in 2014-15, Indiana basketball is 6-7 against Rutgers but has lost seven of their last eight matchups since 2017-18.
The last time the Hoosiers beat Rutgers was on March 10, 2019, a game where Juwan Morgan and Romeo Langford combined for 45 points and 13 rebounds, and Devonte Green registered 16 points off the bench for Archie Miller’s team at the time.
Tuesday, February 7th | 6:30 PM E.S.T. | Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall | Bloomington, IN
- TV/Stream: BTN
Indiana basketball vs. Rutgers betting odds
Spread: Indiana -4.5 (-110) | Rutgers +4.5 (-110)
Moneyline: Indiana -200 | Rutgers +164
Over/Under: Over 135.5 points (-110) | Under 135.5 points (-110)
(Odds by FanDuel Sportsbook)
Indiana basketball vs. Rutgers best bet: Hoosiers -4.5 & Under 135.5
My best bet for Indiana basketball would be to bet on the Hoosiers to cover the 4.5-point spread and both teams to combine for under 135.5 points on Tuesday night in Bloomington.
Rutgers has combined for under 136 points in five of its last seven games and has held opponents to 70 or fewer points in 20 of their 23 games played this season.
A $100 parlay bet on the Hoosiers to cover the spread and both teams to combine for under 135.5 points could potentially bring in a profit of $228.88. Can the Hoosiers reach 70 points against one of the best defenses in the Big Ten? In my opinion, the first team to reach 65 points wins the game.