Rutgers vs Northwestern Prediction: Live Odds, Stats, History & Picks – Sunday, March 5, 2023

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The Northwestern Wildcats (20-10, 11-8 Big Ten) hope to halt a three-game losing streak when visiting the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (18-12, 10-9 Big Ten) at 7:30 PM ET on Sunday, March 5, 2023 at Jersey Mike’s Arena. The matchup airs on BTN.

Sunday’s matchup between the Scarlet Knights and the Wildcats features the Scarlet Knights as 5-point favorites. The game has an over/under of 127.5.

Rutgers vs. Northwestern Odds

Point Spread for Rutgers vs. Northwestern

The spread for this matchup is set at 5 points, with bookmakers listing Rutgers as the favorite.

Rutgers vs. Northwestern Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Rutgers has -229 odds to pick up the win, while Northwestern is listed at +185 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 127.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Sunday, March 5, 2023
  • Game Time: 7:30 PM ET
  • TV Channel: Big Ten Network
  • Location: Piscataway, New Jersey
  • Arena: Jersey Mike’s Arena

Rutgers vs. Northwestern Betting Trends

Rutgers is 18-12-0 against the spread this season. The Scarlet Knights have come away with 14 wins in the 20 contests they have been listed as the favorites in this season. Rutgers has eclipsed the over/under in 40% of its opportunities this year (12 times over 30 games with a set point total).

In Northwestern’s 30 games this year, it has 18 wins against the spread. The Wildcats have won eight of the 15 games they were listed as the moneyline underdog this season (53.3%). Northwestern’s games this season have eclipsed the over/under 36.7% of the time (11 out of 30 games with a set point total).

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Rutgers vs. Northwestern Key Players to Watch


Clifford Omoruyi puts up 13.5 points and 9.9 rebounds per contest — both team highs. He is also posting 0.9 assists, shooting 50.8% from the floor. Cam Spencer is averaging 12.9 points, 3.1 assists and 3.7 rebounds per contest. Caleb McConnell puts up 9.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists per contest. Defensively, he puts up 2.4 steals and 0.5 blocked shots.
Paul Mulcahy leads his team in assists per contest (4.9), and also posts 8.2 points and 3.5 rebounds. Defensively, he posts 1.6 steals and 0.3 blocked shots.


The Wildcats receive 14.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game from Chase Audige. Ty Berry is putting up 8.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists per contest, making 34.3% of his shots from the floor and 29.5% from 3-point range, with 1.5 treys per game. Matthew Nicholson is the Wildcats’ top rebounder (5.5 per game), and he produces 6 points and 1.3 assists.

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What you need to know about the Rutgers Scarlet Knights

A total of six out of Rutgers’ 19 Big Ten games this season have gone over the point total. The Scarlet Knights are posting 68.7 points per game this season (258th-ranked in college basketball), but they’ve really shined defensively, surrendering only 60.2 points per contest (seventh-best). This season, Rutgers is grabbing 34.6 boards per game (42nd-ranked in college basketball) and giving up 31 rebounds per contest (179th-ranked).

The Scarlet Knights score 71.5 points per game at home, compared to 64.3 points per game in road games, a difference of 7.2 points per contest. Rutgers is sinking 5.8 treys per game (326th-ranked in college basketball). It sports a 32.6% shooting percentage (271st-ranked) from beyond the arc. The Scarlet Knights are surrendering 7.2 threes per game this season (177th-ranked in college basketball), and they are allowing a 30.4% three-point percentage (21st-best).

The Scarlet Knights are 4-6 against the spread and 4-6 overall over their past 10 games. Rutgers has hit the over in four of its last 10 games. Rutgers has seen a downturn in scoring recently, racking up 66.1 points per game in its last 10 outings, 2.6 points fewer than the 68.7 it has scored this year. The past 10 games have seen Rutgers give up 6.4 more points per game (66.6) than its season-long average (60.2).

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What you need to know about the Northwestern Wildcats

Northwestern is 12-7-0 ATS in conference play this year. In 2022-23, the Wildcats are 281st in the nation offensively (67.8 points scored per game) and 21st-best defensively (62.6 points conceded). Northwestern grabs 31.7 rebounds per game and give up 31.7 boards, ranking 181st and 223rd, respectively, in the nation.

At home, the Wildcats average 68.2 points per game. Away, they average 69.9. Northwestern makes 7.7 3-pointers per game and shoots 32.4% from beyond the arc, ranking 139th and 284th, respectively, in college basketball. Giving up 7.8 3-pointers per game and conceding 34.4% from beyond the arc, the Wildcats are 250th and 213th in the country, respectively, in those categories.

The Wildcats are 6-4 against the spread and 5-5 overall over their last 10 games. In its past 10 contests, Northwestern has hit the over twice. Northwestern is posting 63.8 points per contest in its last 10 games, which is four fewer points than its average for the season (67.8). The Wildcats have played worse defensively over their last 10 games, surrendering 65.8 points per contest, 3.2 more points their than season average of 62.6.

Rutgers vs. Northwestern Prediction & Pick

Our pick to win this contest is Rutgers, and we project that Northwestern will cover the spread (Rutgers -5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 127.5 points.

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How to bet Rutgers vs. Northwestern

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Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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