Indiana State vs. Illinois - 11/27/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Illinois Fighting Illini (4-0) at Indiana State Sycamores (3-1)
College Basketball: Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 5:00 pm (Orleans Arena)
The Line: Indiana State Sycamores +13.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports 1
The Indiana State Sycamores and the Illinois Fighting Illini face off on Thursday in Las Vegas in college basketball tournament action.
The Indiana State Sycamores are off to a 3-1 start with the one loss coming at the hands of St. Louis. ISU is averaging 68.5 points and they are shooting 39.9 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 64.5 points and their opponents are shooting 36.3 percent. Khristian Smith leads Indiana State averaging 16.5 points and 4.5 rebounds. Devonte Brow is averaging 15.8 points and 6.2 rebounds, Benton Scot is averaging 8.8 points and 5.0 rebounds, and Justin Grant is averaging 8.5 points and 6.0 rebounds. This is Indiana States second game away from home this year and their first since their opener.
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The Illinois Fighting Illini are off to a 4-0 start to the season but it has come against fairly soft competition. Illinois is averaging 97.5 points and they are shooting 51.7 percent including 47.3 percent from beyond the three-point arc while defensively they are allowing 65.2 points and their opponents are shooting 36.9 percent. Rayvonte Rice leads the Fighting Illini averaging 17.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Aaron Crosby is averaging 14.2 points, Malcolm Hill is averaging 12.2 points and 6.8 rebounds, and Ahmad Starks is averaging 11.2 points. Illinois plays a brutal out-of-conference schedule including games against Miami, Oregon, and Villanova.
Indiana State is 9-2 against the spread against the Big Ten, 8-20 against the spread following a win, and 1-5 against the spread in their last six neutral site games. Illinois is 5-0 against the spread following a win, 7-0-1 against the spread in their last eight neutral site games, and 7-1 against the spread in their last eight games.
This is a big number but Illinois is one of those teams that plays really well in the first half of the season and I look for that strong trend to continue here.