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Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Pick, Odds, Prediction 2/19/14

Illinois Fighting Illini (14-12) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (17-9)

College Basketball: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Williams Arena)

The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -8 -- Over/Under: 129.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: Big Ten Network

The Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Illinois Fighting Illini face off on Wednesday at Williams Arena in Big Ten college basketball action.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers have won two of their last three games but they sit in seventh place in the Big Ten. Minnesota is 6-7 in Big 10 games but they are 13-2 at home this season. Andre Hollins is averaging 14.8 points per game. Deandre Mathieu is averaging 11.9 points, Austin Hollins is averaging 11.3 points and 5.8 rebounds, and Malik Smith is averaging 9.8 points. Minnesota is averaging 73.2 points and they are shooting 44.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 67.5 points and their opponents are shooting 42 percent. Minnesota is is looking to cling onto any NCAA Tournament hopes they may have.

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Pick, Odds, Prediction 2/19/14

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The Illinois Fighting Illini have lost their last two games as the season has turned into a disaster. Illinois is 3-10 in the Big Ten, 5-7 away from home, and in last place in the conference standings. Rayvonte Rice is averaging 16.9 points and 5.9 rebounds to lead the Illini. Tracy Abrams is averaging 11.2 points, Joseph Bertrand is averaging 10 points, Jon Ekey is averaging 7.4 points. Illinois is averaging 65.8 points and they are shooting 40.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 63.7 points and their opponents are shooting 41.6 percent. Illinois is 1-5 on the road in Big 10 play.

Minnesota is 2-6-1 against the spread following a win, 4-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 1-4-1 against the spread in their last six road games against a team with a losing road record. Illinois is 2-6-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, 1-4 against the spread following a loss, and 1-5 against the spread in their last six games. Illinois has covered the point spread in eight of the last 10 meetings of these two.

My free pick in this game is going to be on the total and under 129.5 seems to be a solid play. My stronger play is on who will cover the spread and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as the App. 

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Under 129.5

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