Illinois vs. Maryland - 1/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Maryland Terrapins (14-1) at Illinois Fighting Illini (10-5)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 9:00 pm (State Farm Center)
The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini +1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Maryland Terrapins and Illinois Fighting Illini play Wednesday night at the State Farm Center.
The Maryland Terrapins are off to a 14-1 start and play their third true road game. On the season, Maryland is averaging 74.1 points on 46.1 percent shooting and is allowing 61.3 points on 36.9 percent shooting. Melo Trimble is averaging 16.2 points and three assists while Dez Wells is averaging 14.9 points and 4.9 rebounds. Jake Layman is the third player averaging double-digit points and Richaud Pack is shooting 43.8 percent from the field. The Maryland Terrapins defense has been leading the charge, as they’re holding teams to just 27.7 percent shooting from deep and have allowed no more than 66 points in their last seven games. Offensively, Maryland is shooting 74.9 percent from the free throw line and 35.7 percent from deep.
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The Illinois Fighting Illini have split their last 10 games and are playing their fourth ranked team. On the season, Illinois is averaging 76.9 points on 44.9 percent shooting and is allowing 64.1 points on 40 percent shooting. Malcolm Hill is averaging 13.1 points and 5.6 rebounds while Kendrick Nunn is averaging 8.7 points on 44 percent shooting. Nnanna Egwu is grabbing 5.1 rebounds and Ahmad Starks is dishing out 2.9 assists. The Illinois Fighting Illini are an underrated offensive team that’s shooting 77.6 percent from the line and 37.8 percent from deep but will now have to figure things out without leading scorer Rayvonte Rice. Defensively, Illinois is forcing 14.2 turnovers and has allowed 59 or less points in four of its last eight games.
The Terrapins are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Fighting Illini are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Terrapins are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Illinois was already a shaky team as it was and that's with Rice on the court. Without him? The Maryland Terrapins are one of the better teams not talked about and should roll in this game.