Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Indiana Hoosiers Prediction: The Biggest Bubble Game of the Season

It's March and while the Madness hasn't begun yet, it's about to. Rutgers and Indiana are currently listed as the "Last Four In" on ESPN's bracketology list. Whoever wins tonight's game will likely stick around.
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Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Indiana Hoosiers Prediction: The Biggest Bubble Game of the Season

It's March and while the Madness hasn't begun yet, it's about to. Rutgers and Indiana are currently listed as the "Last Four In" on ESPN's bracketology list. Whoever wins tonight's game will likely stick around. The other team will likely have to work their magic in the Big Ten Tournament to get a look at the NCAA Tournament this season. It really doesn't get any bigger than this. We're basically going to be watching a play-in game in the Big Ten on March 2.

Here are our picks and predictions for the Big Ten matchup between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Indiana Hoosiers.

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Rutgers vs Indiana Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2022
  • Game Time: 7:00 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: BTN

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Rutgers vs Indiana Injury Report

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Rutgers vs Indiana Prediction

It's been a wild ride for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. After knocking off four straight top-25 teams, Rutgers has now lost three straight games against Purdue, Michigan, and Wisconsin. The schedule gets a bit easier to finish off the regular season, however, with Rutgers having to take on Indiana tonight and then Penn State at home before the Big Ten Tournament. Indiana's going to want a win against Rutgers because the Hoosiers will have to take on Purdue on Saturday, on the road. That's why this game is so important. If these teams want to dance, tonight's game is as crucial as ever. This season, it's been hard to win on the road against Indiana. However, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Illinois have all solved the puzzle. Rutgers is hoping to be next. Indiana is one of the best defenses in the nation, holding opponents to a 45 percent effective field goal percentage. Opponents have hit just 31.5 percent from three and 43.5 percent from inside against Indiana.

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On the other hand, Rutgers has been dominant on the defensive end as well. The Scarlet Knights have been holding opponents to a 48.5 percent effective field goal percentage while limiting teams to 46.2 percent from inside the arc. The only area where Rutgers has struggled is defending the three, however, Indiana will rarely shoot the three-point shot, despite shooting 34.2 percent on the season. The Hoosiers also aren't dominant on the offensive glass and shoot just 68.5 percent from the foul line this year. Rutgers, on the offensive end, is shooting 33.3 percent from three and 49.1 percent from inside the arc. Just like Indiana, the offense isn't what Rutgers is known for. It's hard to score against Rutgers early in the shot-clock and both teams have done so well limiting points inside the arc. And let's be real, neither team is going to put on a clinic from deep. So I'll grab the under 132 in this matchup.

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Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.

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