Indiana vs. Illinois - 1/19/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Illinois Fighting Illini (9-9) at Indiana Hoosiers (14-3)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Branch McCracken Court at Assembly Hall)
The Line: Indiana Hoosiers -12.5 -- Over/Under: 153 See the Latest Odds
The Indiana Hoosiers and the Illinois Fighting Illini face off on Tuesday in Bloomington in Big Ten college basketball action.
The Indiana Hoosiers are 15-3 this season and they have won their last 10 games. Indiana is averaging 85 points per game and they are shooting 52 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 74.8 points and their opponents are shooting 46.8 percent. Yogi Ferrell leads the Hoosiers averaging 17.1 points and 5.9 assists per game. James Blackmon Jr. is averaging 15.8 points, Troy Williams is averaging 12.8 points and 6.8 rebounds, and Thomas Bryant is averaging 12.1 points and 5.6 rebounds. Indiana is looking like an NCAA Tournament team and has entered the top 25 after struggling earlier this season.
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The Illinois Fighting Illini are 9-9 this season and they have lost four of their last five games. Illinois is averaging 74.4 points per game and they are shooting 44 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 74.8 points and their opponents are shooting 46.8 percent. Kendrick Nunn leads the Illini averaging 18.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Malcolm Hill is averaging 18.1 points and 5.7 rebounds, Michael Finke is averaging 9.8 points, and Jalen Coleman-Lands is averaging 9.2 points. Illinois is 0-3 on the road this season.
Indiana is 5-2 against the spread in their last seven home games, 3-7 against the spread against the Big Ten, and 4-1 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread. Illinois is 3-0-1 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread and 8-2 against the spread following a double-digit home loss. The road team is 3-1-1 against the spread in the last five meetings of these two.
With the total set at 153 I see this one coming in under the total and the under is my free pick.