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Illinois vs. Rutgers - 2/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Rutgers Scarlet Knights (10-13) at Illinois Fighting Illini (14-8)

College Basketball: Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 9:30 pm (State Farm Center)

The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Big Ten Network

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Illinois Fighting Illini meet Tuesday at the State Farm Center.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights would love nothing more than to snap a six-game losing streak. On the season, Rutgers is averaging 59.1 points on 39.6 percent shooting and is allowing 62.8 points on 41.2 percent shooting. Myles Mack is averaging 14.5 points and 4.5 assists while Kadeem Jack is averaging 13.2 points and 6.2 rebounds. Bishop Daniels is shooting 40.3 percent from the field and Junior Etou is grabbing 6.8 rebounds. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have six players averaging at least 5.3 points, and they’re shooting 66.6 percent from the line and 30.3 percent from downtown. Defensively, Rutgers is allowing 32.6 percent shooting from deep and has given up 71 or more points in five of its last six games.

Illinois vs. Rutgers - 2/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Illinois Fighting Illini look to get to .500 in Big Ten play after splitting their last 10 games. On the season, Illinois is averaging 72.9 points on 42.7 percent shooting and is allowing 64.2 points on 41 percent shooting. Malcolm Hill is averaging 14.6 points and 5.4 rebounds while Kendrick Nunn is averaging 10.9 points and three rebounds. Ahmad Starks is dishing 2.7 assists and Nnanna Egwu is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The Illinois Fighting Illini have five active players averaging at least 5.2 points, and they’re shooting 79.3 percent from the line and 37.3 percent from deep. Defensively, Illinois is allowing 33.1 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in five of its last seven games.

The Scarlet Knights are 4-17 ATS in their last 21 Tuesday games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games following a S.U. loss. The Fighting Illini are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record and 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games overall. 

Illinois is just too banged up two cover large numbers, which would explain its horrible ATS record recently. Oddmakers still like the Fighting Illini for whatever reason. I'll take a desprated Rutgers team and the free points here as more of a fade from the Fighting Illini. 

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights +11

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