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Illinois vs. Hampton - 12/17/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Hampton Pirates (4-5) at Illinois Fighting Illini (7-3)

College Basketball: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 7:00 pm (State Farm Center)

The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini -19 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Illinois Fighting Illini and the Hampton Pirates face off on Wednesday at Assembly Hall in college basketball action.

The Illinois Fighting Illini are 7-3 this season but they have lost three of their last four games. Illinois is averaging 80 points and they are shooting 44.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 65.2points and their opponents are shooting 40.2 percent. Rayvonte Rice leads the Illini averaging 17.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. Malcolm Hill is averaging 13.7 points and 5.9 rebounds and Aaron Cosby and Kendrick Dunn are averaging 8.5 points each. Illinois is 5-1 at home this season.

Illinois vs. Hampton - 12/17/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Hampton Pirates are 4-5 this season and they have won their last three games. Hampton is averaging 64.4 points and they are shooting 40.5 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 67.6 points and their opponents are shooting 38.2 percent. Quinton Chievous leads the Pirates averaging 12.5 points and 8.0 rebounds. Dwight Miekle is averaging 11.2 points, Deron Powers is averaging 9.9 points, and Brian Darden is averaging 8.9 points. Hampton is 1-4 on the road and hey don’t have a win over a team with a RPI better than 200.

Illinois is 5-1 against the spread against a team with a losing record, 12-5 against the spread in their last 17 games, and 3-0-1 against the spread in their last four home games against a team with a road winning percentage less than .400. Hampton is 5-1 against the spread in their last six road games, 11-5 against the spread in their last 16 non-conference games, and 1-4 against the spread following a win.

This just seems like a ton of points and while I don’t love the game I will take the bundle of points with Hampton. 

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Hampton Pirates +20

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