Indiana Hoosiers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/26/14
Illinois Fighting Illini (13-7) at Indiana Hoosiers (12-7)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 3:00 pm (Branch McCracken Court at Assembly Hall)
The Line: Indiana Hoosiers -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Indiana Hoosiers and the Illinois Fighting Illini face off on Sunday in Bloomington in Big Ten college basketball.
The Indiana Hoosiers have lost their last two games and they are 2-4 in the Big Ten this season. IU is 10-2 at home this season and they are in ninth place in the Big 10 standings. Kevin Yogi Ferrell leads the Hoosiers averaging 17.5 points per game. Noah Vonleh is averaging 12.4 points and 9.4 rebounds, Will Sheehy is averaging 10.4 points, and Jeremy Hollowell is averaging 7.8 points. Indiana is averaging 77.4 points and they are shooting 44.9 percent defensively they are allowing 68.3 points and their opponents are shooting 40.2 percent. Indiana has played the 53rd ranked schedule in the country going 2-5 against teams with a RPI better than 100.
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The Illinois Fighting Illini have lost their last five games to slip to 2-5 in the Big Ten and 10th place in the conference standings. Illinois is 4-4 away from home going 0-4 against teams with a RPI of 50 or better. Rayvonte Rice leads the Illini averaging 16.6 points and 5.7 rebounds. Tracy Abrams is averaging 12.6 points, Joseph Bertrand is averaging 11.1 points and 5.3 rebounds, and Jon Ekey is averaging 8.2 points and 5.8 rebounds. Illinois is averaging 68.6 points and they are shooting 41.5 percent while defensively they are allowing 63.7 points and their opponents are shooting 41.3 percent. Illinois as played the 41st ranked schedule in the nation and while their next two games are at home they are both against ranked teams.
Indiana is 1-5 against the spread in their last six home games, 0-4 against the spread in their last four home games against a team with a losing road record, and 3-1-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Illinois is 1-4 against the spread in their last five games and 4-1 against the spread against the Big Ten. The home team is 4-1-1 against the spread in the last six meetings of these two.
With neither of these teams showing much of late the edge goes to the home team but with the line at five it’s a lean to the road team with the points for the cover.
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