Michigan vs. Illinois - 12/30/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Illinois Fighting Illini (10-3) at Michigan Wolverines (7-5)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 3:00 pm (Crisler Center)
The Line: Michigan Wolverines -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Illinois Fighting Illini and Michigan Wolverines play Tuesday afternoon at the Crisler Center.
The Illinois Fighting Illini have won five of their last eight games and play their second true road contest. On the season, Illinois is averaging 79.1 points on 45.2 percent shooting and is allowing 62.4 points on 38.7 percent shooting. Rayvonte Rice is averaging 17.7 points and 6.5 rebounds while Malcolm Hill is averaging 13 points and 5.7 rebounds. Kendrick Nunn is shooting 45 percent from the field and Nnanna Egwu is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The Illinois Fighting Illini are one of the top scoring teams in the country, as they’re shooting 37.7 percent from beyond the arc and have scored 80 or more points in six of their 13 games. Illinois has seven players averaging at least 5.9 points. Defensively, Illinois is forcing 14.6 turnovers per contest and is allowing teams to shoot 30.6 percent from downtown.
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The Michigan Wolverines have lost four of their last five games and are by far the most disappointing team in the country. On the season, Michigan is averaging 65.5 points on 41.9 percent shooting and is allowing 61.8 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Zak Irvin is averaging 15.3 points and 3.6 rebounds while Caris LeVert is averaging 14.9 points and 3.9 assists. Derrick Walton Jr. is the third player averaging double-digit points and Ricky Doyle is shooting 69.6 percent from the field. The Michigan Wolverines are struggling most on the offensive end, as they’ve scored 68 or less points in five of their last eight games and have just four players averaging more than five points. Defensively, Michigan is forcing 14.1 turnovers per game and is allowing teams to shoot 35.5 percent from beyond the arc.
The Fighting Illini are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Wolverines are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 home games and 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Fighting Illini are 2-12 ATS in the last 14 meetings in Michigan and 1-7 ATS in the last 8 meetings overall.
Michigan can't really be this bad, can it? The Wolverines are argubaly the most talented team in the Big Ten and shouldn't be losin to the teams it has been. While Illinois is more than capable of adding to the painful season, I think Michigan has more pride than that. I look for the Wolverines to bounce back with a big home win.