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Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights - 2/16/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Rutgers Scarlet Knights (6-19) at Illinois Fighting Illini (11-14)

College Basketball: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 9:00 pm (State Farm Center)

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

TV: Big Ten Network

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights will travel to play the Illinois Fighting Illini in a Big Ten game on Tuesday.

The Illinois Fighting Illini are 11-14 (3-9) and are coming off of a loss to Northwestern by a score of 58-56. Illinois has lost 4 of their last 5 games and is currently tied for 11th in the Big Ten standings. Illinois defeated Rutgers by a score of 110-101 in these two teams first meeting of the season. Illinois is averaging 73.4 points per game while giving up 75.5 points per game. Illinois is also averaging 32.7 rebounds per game and 13.7 assists per game. Illinois will be without Mike Thorne Jr. and Tracy Abrams for this game. Malcolm Hill is averaging 18.4 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game for Illinois. Kendrick Nunn is averaging 16.5 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per game for the Fighting Illini. Illinois is shooting 73.3% on free throws, 36% on three-pointers, and 42.8% on all field goal attempts.

Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights - 2/16/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are 6-19 (0-12) and are coming off of a loss to Ohio State by a score of 79-69. Rutgers has lost 12 games in a row and is currently 13th in the Big Ten standings. Rutgers is averaging 68.4 points per game while giving up 80 points per game. Rutgers is also averaging 35.3 rebounds per game and 11.6 assists per game. Rutgers will be without Corey Sanders and Deshawn Freeman for this game. Mike Williams is averaging 12.1 points per game and 3.8 rebounds per game for Rutgers. Bishop Daniels is averaging 8.6 points per game and 3.9 rebounds per game for the Scarlet Knights. Rutgers is shooting 68% on free throws, 30.6% on three-pointers, and 41.8% on all field goal attempts.

Rutgers is 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games. Rutgers is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games. The over is 12-1 in the last 13 games for Rutgers. Illinois is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games. Illinois is 3-12-2 in their last 17 Tuesday games. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 games for Illinois.

Rutgers is running out of chances to pick up a Big Ten win this season, and will be on the road for this matchup. Rutgers is also without their top 2 scorers for this game. Rutgers has been horrible on defense and inconsistent on offense this season. I like Illinois in this game.

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Illinois Fighting Illini -13.5

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