In this February 2019 file photo, Rutgers forward Eugene Omoruyi, right, goes up for a shot against Ohio State guard C.J. Jackson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Columbus, Ohio.
In this February 2019 file photo, Rutgers forward Eugene Omoruyi, right, goes up for a shot against Ohio State guard C.J. Jackson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Columbus, Ohio.|Paul Vernon | Associated Press
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NCAAB Pick from Eckel: Rutgers vs Wisconsin in a revenge match for the Badgers

Mark Eckel

Rutgers at Wisconsin (-4.5), 1 p.m.

Rutgers’ NCAA bid, which looked like a lock a few weeks ago, is now firmly on the bubble. The Scarlet Knights (18-9, 9-7) can impress the deciders with a road win at Wisconsin (16-10, 9-6), Sunday.

This is a revenge match for the Badgers, which suffered a 72-65 setback at the RAC way back on December 11.

The trends, however, seem to favor Rutgers in this one. The Knights are 12-5-1 against the spread in their last 18 games and an even more impressive 10-4-2 ATS as an underdog.

Wisconsin, meanwhile, despite an impressive 12-1 mark in Madison, is just 11-12-3 ATS this season and only 6-5-2 at home ATS.

Rutgers lost for the first time at home Wednesday night to Michigan when it missed its last 10 3-point attempts. Look for a better shooting effort Sunday afternoon as the Knights attempt to get back on track.

The Pick: Rutgers + 4.5 (and if you’re daring take the Knights on the money line). I also like the over 121 even more than the game itself.

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