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Illinois vs. Michigan - 2/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Michigan Wolverines (13-11) at Illinois Fighting Illini (16-8)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 9:00 pm (State Farm Center)

The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Michigan Wolverines and Illinois Fighting Illini meet Thursday at the State Farm Center.

The Michigan Wolverines look for a big road win after splitting their last 10 games. On the season, Michigan is averaging 63 points on 41.4 percent shooting and is allowing 62.4 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Zak Irvin is averaging 13.6 points and four rebounds while Ricky Doyle is averaging 6.5 points and 2.9 rebounds. Spike Albrecht is dishing 3.6 assists and Aubrey Dawkins is shooting 48.7 percent from the field. The Michigan Wolverines have three active players averaging at least 5.9 points, and they’re shooting 74.6 percent from the line and 35.3 percent from downtown. Defensively, Michigan is allowing 33.8 percent shooting from deep and has given up 69 or more points in five of its last eight games.

Illinois vs. Michigan - 2/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Illinois Fighting Illini hope to keep things rolling after winning five of their last seven games. On the season, Illinois is averaging 72 points on 42.8 percent shooting and is allowing 63.3 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Malcolm Hill is averaging 14.8 points and 5.4 rebounds while Kendrick Nunn is averaging 11.5 points and two assists. Ahmad Starks is dishing 2.5 assists and Nnanna Egwu is grabbing 5.5 rebounds. The Illinois Fighting Illini have four active players averaging at least seven points, and they’re shooting 79.5 percent from the line and 37 percent from deep. Defensively, Illinois is allowing 32.8 percent shooting from deep and has given up 58 or less points in three straight games.

The Wolverines are 38-18-1 ATS in their last 57 games following a S.U. loss and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Fighting Illini are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games. The Wolverines are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Illinois and 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings overall.

The Michigan Wolverines are too banged up to keep up with one of the deeper offensive teams on its home court. The Fighting Illini should win this game by double digits, especially if those shots start falling early. 

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Illinois Fighting Illini -6

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