Illinois Fighting Illini vs. UAB Blazers - 11/27/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UAB Blazers (3-1) at Illinois Fighting Illini (2-3)
College Basketball: Friday, November 27, 2015 at 9:30 pm (The Arena at NW Florida St)
The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini 0 -- Over/Under: 141.5 See the Latest Odds
The Fighting Illini of Illinois collide with the Alabama-Birmingham Blazers on Friday.
The Illinois Fighting Illini have yet to get going this season at 2-3 although the year is young. The Illini are coming off a closer then expected 82-79 victory against Chicago State in which they rallied from an eight point first half hole. The Cougars owned a 45.6%-40% shooting advantage but the Illini won it at the stripe where 29 fouls were turned in to a 29-16 edge. Michael Finke led four double digit scorers with17 points on 4-8 from the floor while Mike Thomas Jr., Malcolm Hill and Jalen Coleman-Lande each scored 12 points. Khalid Lewis, Alex Austin and Aaron Jordan netted eight points apiece in a very balanced attack.
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The Alabama-Birmingham Blazers are not only viewed as a threat in the CUSA but also are viewed as a squad that can’t be overlooked by the bigger names. The Blazers improved to 3-1 with their third consecutive victory in a 61-55 win over Jacksonville State. Neither side shot the ball well with UAB holding a 40.7%-34.5% edge but that was actually a decisive number as it equaled three more baskets. UAB received a game high 23 points and nine rebounds on 8-12 from the floor. Hakeem Baxter tossed in 12 points with nine players scoring altogether although nothing explosive.
The under is 21-7-1 in Illinois last 29 Friday games and the under is 6-2 in the Blazers last 8 Friday games. Alabama-Birmingham is a solid team that is capable of beating a lot of bigger names…