Nebraska vs. Illinois - 1/11/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Illinois Fighting Illini (11-5) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-6)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 8:30 pm (Pinnacle Bank Arena)
The Line: Nebraska Cornhuskers -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Illinois Fighting Illini and Nebraska Cornhuskers play Sunday night at the Pinnacle Bank Arena.
The Illinois Fighting Illini have split their last 10 games and play their fourth true road game. On the season, Illinois is averaging 76.1 points on 44.4 percent shooting and is allowing 63.6 points on 39.8 percent shooting. Malcolm Hill is averaging 14 points and 5.7 rebounds while Kendrick Nunn is averaging 8.6 points and 2.9 rebounds. Nnanna Egwu is grabbing 5.4 rebounds and Aaron Cosby is shooting 28.5 percent from the field. The Illinois Fighting Illini are really struggling offensively without their leading scorer Rayvonte Rice on the floor. Still, Illinois is shooting 78 percent from the free throw line and 37.3 percent from deep as a team. Defensively, Illinois is allowing 32.4 percent shooting from deep and has allowed 59 or less points in four of its last six games.
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The Nebraska Cornhuskers have split their last 10 games and look for their second conference win. On the season, Nebraska is averaging 66.7 points on 43.4 percent shooting and is allowing 61.9 points on 38.4 percent shooting. Terran Petteway is averaging 19 points and 2.7 assists while Shavon Shields is averaging 17.5 points and 6.8 rebounds. Walter Pitchford is grabbing 4.9 rebounds and Benny Parker is shooting 43.3 percent from the field. The Nebraska Cornhuskers have become a defensive team that’s allowing just 28.3 percent shooting from downtown and has allowed 58 or less points in four of their last seven games. Offensively, Nebraska is shooting 71.6 percent from the free throw line and 30.6 percent from deep. Nebraska is 6-3 SU this season on its home court.
The Fighting Illini are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. Big Ten and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Cornhuskers are 15-5 ATS in their last 20 vs. Big Ten and 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games overall.
Without Rice on the court, I'm not sure Illinois has enough offensively to take on one of the best scoring duos in the country. Look for Nebraska to pick up the big conference win in this toss up matchup.