Michigan vs Rutgers Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Thursday, March 9, 2023

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The No. 9 seed Rutgers Scarlet Knights (18-13, 10-10 Big Ten) play in the Big Ten Tournament against the No. 8 seed Michigan Wolverines (17-14, 11-9 Big Ten) on Thursday at United Center, starting at 12:00 PM.

The Wolverines are currently small 3-point favorites against the Scarlet Knights. The point total for the matchup is set at 132.5.

Michigan vs. Rutgers Odds

Point Spread for Michigan vs. Rutgers

The spread for this matchup is set at 3 points, with oddsmakers listing Michigan as the favorite.

Michigan vs. Rutgers Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Michigan has -150 odds to pick up the win, while Rutgers is listed at +130 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 132.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Thursday, March 9, 2023
  • Game Time: 12:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: Big Ten Network
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Arena: United Center

Michigan vs. Rutgers Betting Trends

Michigan has played 31 games, with 17 wins against the spread. The Wolverines have been victorious in 15, or 83.3%, of the 18 contests they have been chosen as favorites in this season. Michigan’s games this year have gone over the point total 58.1% of the time (18 out of 31 games with a set point total).

Rutgers is 18-13-0 against the spread this year. The Scarlet Knights have won 40% of the games this season they were the moneyline underdog (4-6). Rutgers’ games this season have hit the over on 12 of 31 set point totals (38.7%).

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Michigan vs. Rutgers Key Players to Watch


Hunter Dickinson is tops on the Wolverines with 18.2 points per contest and 9 rebounds, while also averaging 1.5 assists. Kobe Bufkin puts up 13.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists per contest. At the other end, he delivers 1.3 steals and 0.7 blocked shots. Jett Howard is putting up 14.5 points, 2 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game.
Dug McDaniel paces his team in assists per contest (3.5), and also averages 8.3 points and 3 rebounds. Defensively, he puts up 1.2 steals and 0 blocked shots.


Clifford Omoruyi is the Scarlet Knights’ top scorer (13.5 points per game) and rebounder (9.8), and contributes 0.9 assists. Cam Spencer gets the Scarlet Knights 12.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. He also delivers 2.2 steals and 0.1 blocked shots. Caleb McConnell gives the Scarlet Knights 9.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3 assists per contest. He also posts 2.6 steals (sixth in college basketball) and 0.4 blocked shots. Paul Mulcahy is the Scarlet Knights’ top assist man (4.9 per game), and he contributes 8.2 points and 3.6 rebounds.

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What you need to know about the Michigan Wolverines

Michigan’s Big Ten games have gone over the point total 12 out of 20 times this season. So far this season, the Wolverines are averaging 73.8 points per game (127th-ranked in college basketball) and giving up 69.6 points per contest (160th-ranked). So far this year, Michigan is pulling down 34.2 boards per game (50th-ranked in college basketball) and allowing 32.5 rebounds per contest (276th-ranked).

So far this season, Michigan is making 7.7 three-pointers per game (139th-ranked in college basketball) and is shooting 34.6% (161st-ranked) from downtown. So far this season, the Wolverines are allowing 6.6 threes per game (100th-ranked in college basketball) and are allowing opposing teams to shoot 32% (73rd-ranked) from downtown.

The Wolverines have gone 6-4 over their last 10 games, with an 8-2 record against the spread during that span. Six of Michigan’s past 10 games have gone over the total. Michigan’s offense has been improved over its last 10 games, racking up 74.7 points per contest compared to the 73.8 it has averaged this year. Michigan has been a little improved on the defensive end of the floor of late, giving up 68 points per game over its last 10 contests compared to the 69.6 it has surrendered per game this season.

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What you need to know about the Rutgers Scarlet Knights

So far this season, six out of Rutgers’ 20 Big Ten games with an over/under have gone over the point total. The Scarlet Knights are 271st in the nation in points scored (68.2 per game) and seventh-best in points conceded (60.4). In 2022-23, Rutgers is 44th in college basketball in rebounds (34.4 per game) and 194th in rebounds conceded (31.3).

With 5.7 made 3-pointers per game and shooting 31.9% from downtown, Rutgers is 332nd and 306th in college basketball, respectively, in those categories. The Scarlet Knights are 178th in college basketball in 3-pointers allowed (7.2 per game) and 23rd-best in 3-point percentage defensively (30.4%).

The Scarlet Knights are 4-6 against the spread and 4-6 overall over their past 10 games. Three of Rutgers’ past 10 games have gone over the total. Over its past 10 games, Rutgers is posting 63.2 points per game, five fewer points than its season average (68.2). The Scarlet Knights are ceding 63.8 points per game in their past 10 games, compared to their season average of 60.4 points allowed.

Michigan vs. Rutgers Prediction & Pick

Our pick to win this contest is Rutgers, and we expect that Rutgers will cover the spread (Michigan -3). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 132.5 points.

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How to bet Michigan vs. Rutgers

You can bet on Michigan vs. Rutgers at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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