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Illinois vs. Kennesaw State - 12/27/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kennesaw State Owls (4-9) at Illinois Fighting Illini (9-3)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 9:00 pm (State Farm Center)

The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini -27 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Big Ten Network

The Illinois Fighting Illini and the Kennesaw State owls face off on Saturday in Assembly Hall in college basketball action.

The Illinois Fighting Illini are 9-3 this season and hey are coming off of wins in their last two games. Illinois is averaging 7.9 points and their opponents are shooting 44.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 63.8 points and their opponents are shooting 40 percent. Rayvonte Rice leads the Fighting Illini averaging 17.4 points and 6.6 rebounds. Malcolm Hill is averaging 12.8 points and 5.4 rebounds, Kendrick Dunn is averaging 9.2 points, and Nnanna Egwu is averaging 7.8 points and 5.6 rebounds. Illinois is 6-1 at home this season.

Illinois vs. Kennesaw State - 12/27/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Kennesaw State owls have lost five of their last six games and are 4-9 so far this season. Kennesaw State is averaging 62.2 points per game and they are shooting 41.1 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 74.7 points and their opponents are shooting 47 percent. Yonel Brown is averaging 13.4 points per game to lead the Owls. Nigel Pruitt is averaging 11.7 points, Delbert Love is averaging 10.6 points, and Orlando Coleman is averaging 8.8 points and 6.3 rebounds. Kennesaw State is 1-6 on the road this season.

Illinois is 5-2 against the spread against a team with a losing record, 4-9 against the spread in their last 13 home games, and 0-5 against the spread in their last five games. Kennesaw State is 10-3 against the spread in their last 13 road games.

It is a monster number here but I see there being good reason and I will go with Illinois in this spot. 

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Illinois Fighting Illini -27

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