Illinois vs. Michigan - 3/12/15 Big Ten Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Michigan Wolverines (15-15) at Illinois Fighting Illini (19-12)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 12:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Michigan Wolverines and Illinois Fighting Illini meet Thursday in the Big Ten Tournament.
The Michigan Wolverines look for a win after losing seven of their last nine games. On the season, Michigan is averaging 64.6 points on 42 percent shooting and is allowing 64.1 points on 45 percent shooting. Zak Irvin is averaging 14 points and 4.5 rebounds while Spike Albrecht is averaging 7.4 points and four assists. Aubrey Dawkins is shooting 47.1 percent and Ricky Doyle is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The Michigan Wolverines have four players averaging at least 6.1 points, and they’re shooting 75.3 percent from the line and 35.6 percent from deep. Defensively, Michigan is allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and has given up 69 or more points in six of its last 10 games.
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The Illinois Fighting Illini look for a win after winning six of their last 10 games. On the season, Illinois is averaging 69.9 points on 41.8 percent shooting and is allowing 62.8 points on 41.8 percent shooting. Rayvonte Rice is averaging 17 points and 6.4 rebounds while Malcolm Hill is averaging 14.2 points and 4.8 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 79.4 percent from the line and 36.3 percent from deep. Defensively, Illinois is allowing 32 percent shooting from deep and has given up 63 or less points in eight of its last 10 games.
The Michigan Wolverines are just too banged up and don't have the firepower on the offensive end that it's going to take to win this game. Both previous meetings went into overtime, but you can bet the Fighting Illini will get the job done here and cover the small number.