Illinois vs. South Dakota - 12/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
South Dakota Coyotes (7-4) at Illinois Fighting Illini (6-5)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 3:00 pm (State Farm Center)
The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The South Dakota Coyotes and Illinois Fighting Illini play Saturday at the State Farm Center.
The South Dakota Coyotes look to keep rolling after winning six of their last seven games. The South Dakota Coyotes are averaging 77.4 points on 48.2 percent shooting and allowing 78.2 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Tre Burnette is averaging 13.5 points and 6.7 rebounds while Casey Kasperbauer is averaging 12.8 points and 2.4 assists. Shy McClelland is dishing 4.8 assists and Dan Jech is grabbing 3.7 rebounds. The South Dakota Coyotes are shooting 39.3 percent from beyond the arc and 66.5 percent from the free throw line. South Dakota is allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 12.1 turnovers per game. The South Dakota Coyotes have won five of their last seven road games.
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The Illinois Fighting Illini look for another victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Illinois Fighting Illini are averaging 75.9 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 75.7 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Kendrick Nunn is averaging 19.8 points and 4.2 rebounds while Malcolm Hill is averaging 17.1 points and 3.9 assists. Michael Finke is grabbing 2.7 rebounds and Khalid Lewis is dishing 2.9 assists. The Illinois Fighting Illini are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 69.3 percent from the free throw line. Illinois is allowing 38.7 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 11.9 turnovers per game. The Illinois Fighting Illini have won 10 of their last 13 home games.
The Coyotes are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Fighting Illini are 0-4-2 ATS in their last 6 home games and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up win.
South Dakota is proven on the road and has a ton of offensive firepower that could give a banged up Illinois team some issues. I'll side with the Coyotes and the points here, especially after they were able to win in Minnesota.