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Northwestern vs. Illinois - 1/14/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Illinois Fighting Illini (11-6) at Northwestern Wildcats (10-6)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Welsh-Ryan Arena)

The Line: Northwestern Wildcats +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Big Ten Network

The Illinois FIghting Illini and Northwestern Wildcats play Wednesday at the Welsh-Ryan Arena.

The Illinois FIghting Illini have split their last 10 games and play their fifth true road game. On the season, Illinois is averaging 74.2 points on 43.5 percent shooting and is allowing 63 points on 40 percent shooting. Malcolm Hill is averaging 13.9 points and 5.5 rebounds while Kendrick Nunn is averaging 8.8 points and 1.8 assists. Nnanna Egwu is grabbing 5.6 rebounds and Aaron Cosby is shooting 28.5 percent from the field. The Illinois FIghting Illini continue to struggle offensively without Rayvonte Rice, as they’ve scored 64 or less points in three straight games. Overall, Illinois is shooting 78.3 percent from the line and 36 percent from downtown. Defensively, Illinois is allowing 32.6 percent shooting from deep and has allowed 59 or less points in five of its last seven games.

Northwestern vs. Illinois - 1/14/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Northwestern Wildcats have split their last 10 games and look for their second conference win. On the season, Northwestern is averaging 65.1 points on 43 percent shooting and is allowing 61.8 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Tre Demps is averaging 12.4 points and 3.7 rebounds while Bryant McIntosh is averaging 12.2 points and 4.7 assists. Alex Olah is the third player averaging double-digit points and Vic Law is grabbing five rebounds. The Northwestern Wildcats are a defensive team that’s allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and has allowed 61 or less points in five of their last eight games. Offensively, Northwestern is shooting 71.9 percent from deep and 34.5 percent from beyond the arc. Northwestern is 7-3 SU on its home court.

The Fighting Illini are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 road games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Wildcats are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The road team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

I've been avoiding Illinois ever since Rice went down and it's paid off well. Look for Northwestern to remain hot on its home court and pick up another big Big Ten win. 

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Northwestern Wildcats +1.5

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