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Illinois vs. Western Carolina - 12/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Western Carolina Catamounts (3-4) at Illinois Fighting Illini (3-5)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 3:00 pm (State Farm Center)

The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini -12 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Western Carolina Catamounts and Illinois Fighting Illini square off Saturday afternoon at the State Farm Center.

The Western Carolina Catamounts could use their first road win after losing three of their last four games. The Western Carolina Catamounts are averaging 68 points on 37.7 percent shooting and allowing 77.2 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Mike Brown is averaging 17.7 points and 2.8 assists while Torrion Brummitt is averaging 14.7 points and 6.3 rebounds. Rhett Harrelson is the third double-digit scorer and Elijah Pughsley is dishing 2.2 assists. The Western Carolina Catamounts are shooting 29.4 percent from beyond the arc and 71.8 percent from the free throw line. Western Carolina is forcing 16.2 turnovers per game but has scored a combined 109 points in its last two games. The Western Carolina Catamounts have lost six of their last 10 road games. 

Illinois vs. Western Carolina - 12/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Illinois Fighting Illini need a victory here after losing four of their last six games. The Illinois Fighting Illini are averaging 75.4 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 76.6 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Malcolm Hill is averaging 17 points and 4.1 assists while Kendrick Nunn is averaging 16.7 points and 5.3 rebounds. Mike Thorne Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Leron Black is grabbing four rebounds. The Illinois Fighting Illini are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 66.9 percent from the free throw line. Illinois is allowing 37.9 percent shooting from deep and has allowed a combined 168 points in its last two games. The Illinois Fighting Illini have won six of their last eight home games.

The Catamounts are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a losing home record. The Fighting Illini are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 non-conference games. 

Even with injuries, Illinois should be able to beat up a Western Carolina team that can't put the ball in the hoop. The Fighting Illini get a rare home blowout victory. 

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Illinois Fighting Illini -12

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