Illinois vs. Penn State - 1/31/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Penn State Nittany Lions (14-7) at Illinois Fighting Illini (13-8)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 1:00 pm (State Farm Center)
The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Penn State Nittany Lions and Illinois Fighting Illini meet Saturday at the State Farm Center.
The Penn State Nittany Lions have lost six of their last eight games and play their seventh true road game. On the season, PSU is averaging 70 points on 43.9 percent shooting and is allowing 66.5 points on 40.6 percent shooting. D.J. Newbill is averaging 21.5 points and 3.2 assists while Shep Garner is averaging 9.3 points and 2.6 rebounds. Geno Thorpe is shooting 41.6 percent from the field and Ross Travis is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The Penn State Nittany Lions are allowing 32.6 percent shooting from deep and has allowed 66 or less points in three straight games. Offensively, Penn State is shooting 69.8 percent from the line and 32.9 percent from beyond the arc. PSU is 2-4 SU on the road. Brandon Taylor is questionable with a knee injury.
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The Illinois Fighting Illini have split their last 10 games and look for their fourth Big Ten win. On the season, Illinois is averaging 73.5 points on 42.9 percent shooting and is allowing 64.5 points on 41 percent shooting. Malcolm Hill is averaging 14 points and 5.4 rebounds while Kendrick Nunn is averaging 11 points and 1.8 assists. Ahmad Starks is dishing 2.8 assists and Nnanna Egwu is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The Illinois Fighting Illini have five active players averaging at least 5.4 points, and they’re shooting 79.6 percent from the line and 36.7 percent from downtown. Defensively, Illinois is allowing 33.4 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in four of its last six games.
The Nittany Lions are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big Ten and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games. The Fighting Illini are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Nittany Lions are 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Illinois and 13-5-1 ATS in the last 19 meetings overall.
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