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Minnesota vs. Illinois - 1/24/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Illinois Fighting Illini (13-7) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (12-8)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 2:15 pm (Williams Arena)

The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Big Ten Network

The Illinois Fighting Illini and Minnesota Golden Gophers play Saturday at the Williams Arena.

The Illinois Fighting Illini have split their last eight games and play their sixth true road game. On the season, Illinois is averaging 73.6 points on 43.1 percent shooting and is allowing 63.8 points on 40.7 percent shooting. Malcolm Hill is averaging 13.8 points and 5.6 rebounds while Kendrick Nunn is averaging 10.6 points and 1.8 assists. Ahmad Starks is dishing 2.9 assists and Nnanna Egwu is grabbing 5.5 rebounds. The Illinois Fighting Illini have six players averaging at least 5.6 points, and they’re shooting 79.3 percent from the line and 36.2 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Illinois is allowing 32.9 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in four of its last five games. Illinois is 1-4 SU on the road.

Minnesota vs. Illinois - 1/24/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers have won six of their last seven games and look for their second Big Ten win. On the season, Minnesota is averaging 77.4 points on 47.1 percent shooting and is allowing 66.2 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Andre Hollins is averaging 13.8 points and 2.4 assists while Carlos Morris is averaging 12.8 points and 3.9 rebounds. Maurice Walker is the third player averaging double-digit points and Nate Mason is dishing 2.9 assists. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have become an offensive team that has six players averaging at least 8.9 points, and they’re shooting 63.9 percent from the line and 39.2 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 33.2 percent shooting from deep and has given up 70 or more points in six of its last eight games.

The Fighting Illini are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Golden Gophers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Fighting Illini are 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Minnesota and 21-8 ATS in the last 29 meetings overall.

While we've made a pretty penny fading Illinois all of this season, Minnesota is such an up-and-down team and has been brutal covering the number against the Fighting Illini. Give me the points and the road team. 

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Illinois Fighting Illini +6

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