Illinois vs. Nebraska - 3/4/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Nebraska Cornhuskers (13-15) at Illinois Fighting Illini (18-11)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 10:00 pm (State Farm Center)
The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Nebraska Cornhuskers and Illinois Fighting Illini play Wednesday at the State Farm Center.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers need a win to snap a six-game losing streak. On the season, Nebraska is averaging 61.5 points on 42 percent shooting and is allowing 62.7 points on 40.2 percent shooting. Terran Petteway is averaging 18 points and 2.9 assists while Shavon Shields is averaging 14.9 points and 5.9 rebounds. Walter Pitchford is grabbing 4.8 rebounds and Tarin Smith is shooting 46.7 percent. The Nebraska Cornhuskers have three players averaging at least 7.5 points, and they’re shooting 71.3 percent from the line and 28.8 percent from downtown. Defensively, Nebraska is allowing 33 percent shooting from beyond the arc and has given up 66 or less points in six of its last nine games.
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The Illinois Fighting Illini have split their last six and play their last home game. On the season, Illinois is averaging 70.4 points on 42 percent shooting and is allowing 63 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Rayvonte Rice is averaging 16.3 points and 6.6 rebounds while Malcolm Hill is averaging 14.3 points and five rebounds. Kendrick Nunn is the third double-digit scorer and Ahmad Starks is dishing 2.4 assists. The Illinois Fighting Illini have four players averaging at least 8.2 points, and they’re shooting 79.6 percent from the line and 36.6 percent from deep. Defensively, Illinois is allowing 32.2 percent shooting from deep and has given up 60 or less points in six of its last eight games.
The Cornhuskers are 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Fighting Illini are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 Wednesday games. The Cornhuskers are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
Yeah, Yeah, I know. Here we go again. Nebraska has crushed me all season long with failing to cover the number and failing to show up period. However, I just can't lay this many points with a talented Cornhuskers team, espesically against an Illinois team that they beat by 10 points earlier in the season.