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Illinois vs. Detroit - 11/18/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Detroit Titans (1-1) at Illinois Fighting Illini (3-0)

College Basketball: Friday, November 18, 2016 at 8:00 pm (State Farm Center)

The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini -18.5 -- Over/Under: 157 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3.com

The Illinois Fighting Illini and the Detroit Titans face off on Friday in college basketball action.

The Illinois Fighting Illini are off to a 3-0 start playing against less than stellar competition. Illinois is averaging 90.7 points per game and they are shooting 52.4 percent from the floor including shooting 43.6 percent from beyond the 3-point arc while defensively they are allowing 63.7 points per game and their opponents are shooting 36.7 percent. Malcolm Hill is leading the Illini averaging 21.3 points per game in 30.7 minutes. Maverick Morgan is averaging 14 points for Illinois, Michael Finke is averaging 13 points and 8.7 rebounds, and Tracey Abrams and Jalen Coleman-Landis are averaging 10.7 points each. Illinois has had a few down years but they are hoping to get back on track and back to the NCAA Tournament.

Illinois vs. Detroit - 11/18/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Detroit Titans are off to a 1-1 start and are coming off of a blowout loss to ETSU 107-78. Detroit is averaging 88.5 points per game and they are shooting 45.5 percent from the floor including 47.1 percent from beyond the 3-point arc while defensively they are allowing 88 points per game and their opponents are shooting 60 percent. Josh McFolley leads the Titans averaging 16.5 points per game in 26 minutes. Jarrod Williams is averaging 13 points and 5.5 rebounds for Detroit, Chris Jenkins is averaging 11.5 points and 5 rebounds, and Corey Allen is averaging 10.5 points. Detroit was lit up in their last game and they can only hope their defense is better this time out.

Illinois is 2-5 against the spread in their last 7 games, 5-12-3 against the spread in their last 20 home games, and 1-5-3 against the spread in their last 9 non-conference games. Detroit is 1-4 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, 0-4 against the spread in their last 4 road games, and 0-5 against the spread in their last 5 games.

This looks like too many points and while I like the direction Illinois is heading I am taking Detroit and the points. 

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Detroit Titans +18.5

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