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Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Illinois Fighting Illini - 3/6/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Illinois Fighting Illini (13-17) at Penn State Nittany Lions (15-15)

College Basketball: Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Bryce Jordan Center)

The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions -2.5 -- Over/Under: 135 See the Latest Odds

TV: Big Ten Network

The Illinois Fighting Illini will travel to play the Penn State Nittany Lions in a Big Ten game on Sunday.

The Penn State Nittany Lions are 15-15 (6-11) and are coming off of a loss to Northwestern by a score of 71-61. Penn State has lost 2 games in a row and is currently tied for 10th in the Big Ten standings. Penn State is averaging 64.9 points per game while giving up 69 points per game. Penn State is also averaging 34.7 rebounds per game and 10 assists per game. Brandon Taylor is averaging 16.2 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per game for Penn State. Shep Garner is averaging 14.2 points per game and 3.3 assists per game for the Nittany Lions. Penn State is shooting 69.1% on free throws, 31% on three-pointers, and 40.4% on all field goal attempts.

Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Illinois Fighting Illini - 3/6/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Illinois Fighting Illini are 13-17 (5-12) and are coming off of a loss to Maryland by a score of 81-55. Illinois has lost 3 of their last 4 games and is currently 12th in the Big Ten standings. Illinois is averaging 72.1 points per game while giving up 75 points per game. Illinois is also averaging 31.6 rebounds per game and 13.6 assists per game. Malcolm Hill is averaging 18 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per game for Illinois. Kendrick Nunn is averaging 15.9 points per game and 5 rebounds per game for the Fighting Illini. Illinois is shooting 74.1% on free throws, 36% on three-pointers, and 43% on all field goal attempts.

Illinois is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. Illinois is 5-2 ATS in their last 8 Sunday games. The under is 5-2 in the last 7 games for Illinois. Penn State is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games against a team with a losing road record. The over is 4-1 in Penn State’s last 5 Sunday games. The under is 7-0 in these two teams last 7 meetings.

Both of these teams have struggled this season and will look to end the regular season on a positive note. Penn State is a lower scoring team, but plays better defense than Illinois. Penn State has the rebounding advantage, while Illinois is the better shooting team. This should be a close game, but I am going with the home team. 

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Penn State -3.5

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