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Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Indiana Hoosiers Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/31/13

Indiana Hoosiers (10-3) at Illinois Fighting Illini (11-2)

College Basketball: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 3:00 pm (State Farm Center)

The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Illinois Fighting Illini and the Indiana Hoosiers face off on Tuesday in a Big Ten college basketball matchup.

The Illinois Fighting Illini have gotten off to a strong start to the season flying under the radar to an 11-2 record. Illinois has gone 7-0 at home this season and have played the 60th ranked schedule in the nation going 1-1 against teams ranked in the top 25. Rayvonte Rice leads the Fighting Illini averaging 18.2 points and 5.5 rebounds. Tracy Abrams is averaging 12.7 points, Joseph Bertrand is averaging 10.8 points and 5.3 rebounds, and Jon Ekey is averaging 8.5 points and 6.0 rebounds. Illinois is averaging 71.2 points and they are shooting 44.4 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 60.7 points and their opponents are shooting 40.2 percent. Illinois has a tough road ahead but they will get plenty of chances to build their NCAA Tournament resume against top teams.

Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Indiana Hoosiers Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/31/13

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The Indiana Hoosiers are 10-3 so far this season but when they have faced top teams they haven’t fared well. Indiana is 0-1 on the road as well as 1-2 in neutral site games and they are 1-3 against teams with a RPI of 150 or better. Kevin Yogi Ferrell leads the Hoosiers averaging 16.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game. Noah Vonleh is averaging 12 points and 9.5 rebounds, Will Sheehey is averaging 10.8 points and 4.1 rebounds, and Jeremy Hollowell is averaging 8.6 points and 4.2 rebounds. Indiana is averaging 82.2 points and they are shooting 47.3 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 66.8 points and their opponents are shooting 37.8 percent. Indiana is replacing most of their team from last season who either graduated or left early for the NBA.

Illinois is 6-2-1 against the spread in their last nine home games, 3-1-1 against the spread in their last five games, and 1-3-2 against the spread following a win. Indiana is 4-1 against the spread in their last five road games, 1-5 against the spread in their last six games, and 3-8 against the spread in their last 11 road games following three or more consecutive home games. Indiana has covered the point spread in five of the last seven meetings of these two.

Indiana has had their way with Illinois in recent years but Illinois gets the best of it here.

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