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Purdue vs. Illinois - 3/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Illinois Fighting Illini (19-11) at Purdue Boilermakers (19-11)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 4:30 pm (Mackey Arena)

The Line: Purdue Boilermakers -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Big Ten Network

The Illinois Fighting Illini and Purdue Boilermakers meet Saturday at the Mackey Arena.

The Illinois Fighting Illini look for a win after splitting their last six games. On the season, Illinois is averaging 70.3 points on 42 percent shooting and is allowing 62.8 points on 41.4 percent shooting. Rayvonte Rice is averaging 16.6 points and 6.5 rebounds while Malcolm Hill is averaging 14.2 points and 4.9 rebounds. Kendrick Nunn is the third double-digit scorer and Ahmad Starks is dishing 2.3 assists. The Illinois Fighting Illini have four players averaging at least 8.1 points, and they’re shooting 79.9 percent from the line and 36.7 percent from deep. Defensively, Illinois is allowing 32 percent shooting from deep and has given up 60 or less points in seven of its last 10 games.

Purdue vs. Illinois - 3/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Purdue Boilermakers look for a win after winning four of their last six games. On the season, Purdue is averaging 71.1 points on 45.9 percent shooting and is allowing 64.7 points on 40.2 percent shooting. A.J. Hammons is averaging 11.3 points and 6.3 rebounds while Rapheal Davis is averaging 10.7 points and 2.7 assists. Jon Octeus is grabbing 4.8 rebounds and Vince Edwards is dishing 2.6 assists. The Purdue Boilermakers have four players averaging at least 9.3 points, and they’re shooting 67.5 percent from the line and 33.1 percent from deep. Defensively, Purdue is allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and has given up 65 or less points in seven of its last 10 games.

The Fighting Illini are 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 road games and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Boilermakers are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 vs. Big Ten and 24-8 ATS in their last 32 games overall. The over is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Purdue.

The Purdue Boilermakers have been crushing the spread all season long and will want revenge against Illinois after the previous meeting this season. Look for the Boilermakers to cover the reasonable spread. 

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Purdue Boilermakers -5

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