Illinois vs. Yale - 12/9/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Yale Bulldogs (5-3) at Illinois Fighting Illini (4-5)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 8:00 pm (State Farm Center)
The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Illinois Fighting Illini and the Yale Bulldogs face off on Wednesday in college basketball action.
The Illinois Fighting Illini are 4-5 this season and they are coming off of a win that ended a two-game losing skid. Illinois is averaging 75.9 points and they are shooting 45.8 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 75.7 points and their opponents are shooting 46.3 percent. Kendrick Nunn leads the Illini averaging 19.3 points per game. Malcolm Hill is averaging 16.2 points and 5.4 rebounds, Mike Thome Jr. is averaging 13.4 points and 8.4 rebounds, and Michael Finke is averaging 9.4 points. Aside from their season opening loss to North Florida most of Illinois losses have been against stiff competition.
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The Yale Bulldogs are 5-3 this season but they have won their last two games. Yale is averaging 72.9 points and they are shooting 42.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 66.8 points and their opponents are shooting 42.9 percent. Makai Mason leads the Bulldogs averaging 16.8 points per game. Justin Sears is averaging 15.6 points and 6.4 rebounds, Jack Montague is averaging 11.6 points, and Brandon Sherrod is averaging 9.4 points and 6.8 rebounds. Yale’s wins have come primarily against soft competition.
Illinois is 4-1 against the spread following a win, 1-3-1 against the spread in their last five games, and 0-3-1 against the spread in their last four home games. Yale is 18-6-2 against the spread in their last 26 road games, 20-8-2 against the spread in their last 30 games, and 7-2-1 against the spread in their last 10 non-conference games.
Neither of these teams have fared well against the better teams but Illinois has been better and I expect them to get a comfortable win here.