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Alabama vs. Illinois - 3/17/15 College Basketball NIT Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Illinois Fighting Illini (19-13) at Alabama Crimson Tide (18-14)

College Basketball: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Coleman Coliseum)

The Line: Alabama Crimson Tide -3 -- Over/Under: 136 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Alabama Crimson Tide and Illinois Fighting Illini the face off on Tuesday at Coleman Coliseum in an opening round game of the NIT.

The Alabama Crimson Tide are 18-14 this season and they played the 55th ranked schedule in theation landing them in this game. Alabama is averaging 66.7 points and they are shooting 44.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 64 points and their opponents are shooting 41.4 percent. Levi Randolph leads the Crimson Tide averaging 15.2 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Rodney Cooper is averaging 10.6 points, Shannon Hale is averaging 8.2 points, and Michael Kessens is averaging 5.8 points and 5.3 rebounds. Alabama is 13-5 at home and 10-3 in out of conference games.

Alabama vs. Illinois  - 3/17/15 College Basketball NIT Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Illinois Fighting Illini are 19-13 this season and played the 67th ranked schedule in the nation landing them in the NIT. Illinois is averaging 69.5 points and they are shooting 41.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 63.2 points and their opponents are shooting 41.6 percent. Rayvonte Rice leads the Illini averaging 16.7 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Malcolm Hill is averaging 14.2 points, Kendrick Dunn is averaging 11.1 points, and Ahmad Starks is averaging 7.8 points. Illinois is 2-8 on the road and 10-3 in out of conference games.

Alabama is 6-1 against the spread following a loss, 13-3 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, and 2-6 against the spread in their last eight home games. Illinois is 6-0 against the spread at home following a double-digit home loss, 3-8-1 against the spread in their last 12 road games, and 1-5 against the spread in their last six non-conference games.

The Total is set at 136 and I have this one going over that so my free pick is the over. My stronger pick is on who will cover the spread and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App. 

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Over 136

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