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Illinois vs. Minnesota - 2/28/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Golden Gophers (8-19) at Illinois Fighting Illini (12-16)

College Basketball: Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 8:00 pm (State Farm Center)

The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Big Ten Network

The Illinois Fighting Illini and the Minnesota Golden Gophers face off on Sunday in A Big Ten college basketball battle of two of the worst teams in the conference.

The Illinois Fighting Illini are 12-16 this season and they have lost four of their last five games. Illinois is averaging 72.2 points per game and they are shooting 42.7 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 74.9 points and their opponents are shooting 46 percent. Malcolm Hill leads the Illini averaging 18.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Kendrick Nunn is averaging 16 points and 5.1 rebounds, and Jalen Coleman-Lands is averaging 10 points. Illinois is 6-8 at home and 4-11 in the Big Ten.

Illinois vs. Minnesota - 2/28/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 8-19 this season and they have won their last two games. Minnesota is averaging 69.8 points per game and the are shooting 41.2 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 73.6 points and their opponents are shooting 44.4 percent. Nate Mason leads the Gophers averaging 13.8 points per game. Joey King is averaging 11.6 points, Jordan Murphy is averaging 11.4 points and 8.1 rebounds, and Carlos Morris is averaging 9.8 points. Minnesota is 0-7 on the road and 2-13 in the Big Ten.

Illinois is 6-2-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, 1-5 against the spread in their last six home games, and 6-1-1 against the spread against a team with a losing record. Minnesota is 5-2 against the spread against the Big Ten, 5-12 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread, and 4-11 against the spread following a win. The favorite has covered the point spread in 17 of the last 25 meetings of these two teams.

These teams stink and I hate laying points with bad teams so I will have to take the point with Minnesota but no way am I putting anything on this game.

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Minnesota Golden Gophers +5

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