Pick Princeton -3.5 vs. Rutgers for NCAA Basketball Picks

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 1:15 PM GMT

The Princeton Tigers will try to continue their best start since the 1997-98 season, as they take on Rutgers Scarlet Knights Wednesday night. Let’s take a closer look at the college basketball lines for this non-conference affair.

Streaking

Princeton has won five games in a row, including a 77-55 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson last Saturday, as the team continues to play great on the offensive end—averaging 71.3 points per game.

The Tigers have more than doubled their opponents in the number of three-pointers made this season, which has resulted in 41.5 percent of the team’s point production.

Going in the wrong direction

Rutgers has dropped its last five games versus Division I competition, including a 77-71 defeat to Seton Hall as one-point home favorites Sunday, while going OVER the betting total for a fourth consecutive contest.

The Scarlet Knights have been outrebounded by four of its last five major college basketball opponents, while six of its players account for 90 percent of the program’s offense.

A close series

College basketball handicappers will find that six of the last seven meetings in this series have been decided by six or fewer points, with the underdog covering the number in all but one of those affairs.

It’s also important to point out that these two rivals have gone UNDER the betting total in six consecutive games in the series.

In last year’s meeting, Rutgers picked up a 58-52 victory as 3.5-point road underdogs in the NCAA basketball odds, as it won the rebounding battle by a 40-23 margin.

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The Jordan Factor

Scarlet Knights first-year head coach Eddie Jordan is familiar with this rivalry, as he finished his playing career at Rutgers with a 5-0 SU record against Princeton—averaging 16.4 points per game.

He’s trying to find the right combination of players to have on the floor, with nine averaging at least 10 minutes a game.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers take the Tigers for their NCAA basketball pick in this game. Princeton leads the nation in defensive rebounding percentage, which will limit the Scarlet Knights on the offensive end—a team that is shooting just 41.8 percent from the floor over its last five games.

College Basketball Pick: Princeton Tigers -3.5 

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