Northwestern Wildcats vs. Illinois Fighting Illini - 2/13/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Illinois Fighting Illini (11-13) at Northwestern Wildcats (16-9)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Welsh-Ryan Arena)
The Line: Northwestern Wildcats -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Illinois Fighting Illini will travel to play the Northwestern Wildcats in a Big Ten game on Saturday.
The Northwestern Wildcats are 16-9 (4-8) and are coming off of a loss to Ohio State by a score of 71-63. Northwestern has lost 6 of their last 7 games and is currently 10th in the Big Ten standings. Northwestern is averaging 72.7 points per game while giving up 66.6 points per game. Northwestern is also averaging 37.2 rebounds per game and 16.1 assists per game. Bryant McIntosh is averaging 14.8 points per game and 6.6 assists per game for Northwestern. Tre Demps is averaging 14.7 points per game and 3.6 assists per game for the Wildcats. Northwestern is shooting 66.9% on free throws, 35.3% on three-pointers, and 44.9% on all field goal attempts.
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The Illinois Fighting Illini are 11-13 (3-8) and are coming off of a loss to Iowa by a score of 77-65. Illinois has lost 3 of their last 4 games and is currently tied for 11th in the Big Ten standings. Illinois has conference wins against Rutgers, Purdue, and Minnesota. Illinois is averaging 74.1 points per game while giving up 76.3 points per game. Illinois is also averaging 32.4 rebounds per game and 13.7 assists per game. Malcolm Hill is averaging 18.9 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per game for Illinois. Kendrick Nunn is averaging 16.7 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game for the Fighting Illini. Illinois is shooting 73.6% on free throws, 35.8% on three-pointers, and 43.1% on all field goal attempts.
Illinois is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games. Illinois is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games. The over is 3-0-1 in the last 4 Saturday games for Illinois. Northwestern is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games. Northwestern is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games. The over is 4-1 in Northwestern’s last 5 games.
This may be a sloppy game with both teams really struggling coming into this game. Northwestern plays better defense and has the rebounding advantage in this matchup. Illinois has been very poor in conference play, with the exception of the upset win against Purdue. I like Northwestern to win at home.