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Indiana Hoosiers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini - 1/18/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Indiana Hoosiers (13-4) at Illinois Fighting Illini (12-6)

College Basketball: January 18th, 2015 at 1:00 pm (EST)

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The Indiana Hoosiers will travel to the State Farm Center to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini this Sunday afternoon.

The Indiana Hoosiers improved to 13-4 (3-1 Big Ten) on the season after defeating the Penn State Nittany Lions 76-73 this past Tuesday. Indiana shot 47.3% from the field and held Penn State to just 16.7% (4-24) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for Indiana was Robert Johnson who had 20 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 steals. Indiana is ranked 46th in the RPI Standings and has played the 67th ranked SOS. On the season, the Hoosiers have been led by James Blackmon Jr. (16.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.3 apg) and Yogi Ferrell (15.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.8 apg). Offensively, Indiana is averaging 81.6 ppg (ranked 12th) on 47.7% shooting (ranked 34th). The Hoosiers make an average of 8.6 three-pointers per game (ranked 22nd) on 38.7% shooting (ranked 37th). Defensively, Indiana is holding their opponents to an average of 71.2 ppg (ranked 289th) on 42.9% shooting (ranked 195th). The Hoosiers are pulling down 26.82 defensive rpg (ranked 32nd) and 39.0 total rpg (ranked 34th).

Indiana Hoosiers  vs. Illinois Fighting Illini  - 1/18/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Illinois Fighting Illini defeated the Northwestern Wildcats 72-67 this past Wednesday to improve to 12-6 (2-3 Big Ten) on the season. Illinois shot 41.9% from the field and committed only 3 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Fighting Illini was Kendrick Nunn who had 25 points and 5 rebounds. Illinois is ranked 41st in the RPI Standings and has played the 41st ranked SOS. On the season, the Fighting Illini have been led by Rayvonte Rice (17.2 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.8 spg) and Malcolm Hill (13.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.0 apg). Offensively, Illinois is averaging 74.1 ppg (ranked 47th) on 43.4% shooting (ranked 184th). The Fighting Illini are shooting 78.6% from the free-throw line (ranked 2nd) and average 7.7 three-pointers per game (ranked 56th). Defensively, Illinois is allowing their opponents to average 63.2 ppg (ranked 117th) on 40.3% shooting (ranked 90th). Fighting Illini have a turnover margin of 4.1 (ranked 16th). Illinois is grabbing 25.83 defensive rpg (ranked 70th) on 35.78 total rpg (ranked 136th). Rayvonte Rice will out due to a hand injury.

The Hoosiers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games. The Fighting Illini are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games.

Illinois has been very tough at home and although they’ve been out one of their stars in Rayvonte Rice, they’ve played well as of light. Indiana can score the ball in bunches but have struggled on the road a bit and I expect Illinois to try an mimic the defensive effort Michigan State did against the Hoosiers a couple of weeks ago. I think Illinois will continue their winning trends at home and cover this mid-range spread. Take Illinois to cover. 

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