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Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Missouri Tigers - 12/23/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Missouri Tigers (5-5) at Illinois Fighting Illini (7-5)

College Basketball: Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Scottrade Center)

The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Missouri Tigers will face off against the Illinois Fighting Illini this Wednesday.

 The Missouri Tigers come into this game with a 5-5 record and are currently 11th in the SEC. The Tigers come into this game on a two game losing streak with their most recent game being a 73-59 loss to the North Carolina State Wolfpack. Through 10 games the leading scorer for Missouri has been Kevin Puryear who is coring 12.1 points per game and 4.5 rebounds. Terrence Phillips is second on the team with 9.4 points per game and 2.9 rebounds. The Tigers will try to get back on track with a win vs. Illinois.

Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Missouri Tigers - 12/23/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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 The Illinois Fighting Illni come into this game with a 7-5 record and are currently 9th in the Big Ten. The Fighting Illni are currently riding a 4 game win streak with their most recent win being a 91-79 win over South Dakota. Through 12 games this season the leading scorer for Illinois has been Malcolm Hill who is averaging 18.5 points per game and 5.8 rebounds with 4.0 assists. Second on the team is Kendrick Nunn who is scoring 18.4 points per game and 4.4 rebounds even though he has only played 7 games this season.

 The Illinois Fighting Illini are 5-1-2 against the spread in their last 8 Wednesday games. Illinois is 1-7 against the spread in their last 8 neutral site games. Missouri is 1-4 against the spread in their last 5 games following a against the spread loss. The Tigers are 8-3-1 against the spread in their last 12 non-conference games. 

Both of these teams have struggled early on this season but Illinois has been the better team as of late winning their past 4 games. Missouri has lost two in a row and will have another tough test against Illinois. I like Illinois to win here on the road.

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Illinois -1

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