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Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights - 1/11/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds & Prediction

Game
Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Illinois Fighting Illini
Date & Time Saturday January 11, 2020, 12:00 PM (EST)
Location
State Farm Center -
Champaign, IL
The Line
IL -5, O/U 134.5
TV Channel
Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights travel to Champaign, IL on Saturday for a game against the Illinois Fighting Illini in a matchup of two teams from the Big Ten Conference.  In their last game, Rutgers defeated #20 Penn State by the score of 72-61.  Ron Harper Jr. led the Scarlet Knights in points in the game with 22 while shooting 5 of 10 from the field and 12 of 12 from the free throw line.  The leading rebounder for Rutgers was Caleb McConnell who pulled in 8 rebounds in the game with 2 coming offensively.  Paul Mulcahy led the Scarlet Knights in assists in the game with 5, while playing a total of 31 minutes against Penn State. 

After the win against #20 Penn State, Rutgers is now 12-3 on the season and 3-1 in conference play.  Ron Harper Jr. has been the leading scorer this year for the Scarlet Knights as he has averaged 12.4 points per game.  Myles Johnson has been the leading rebounder for Rutgers so far this season as he has averaged 8.8 rebounds per game so far this year.  The assists leader for the Scarlett Knights is Geo Baker as he has averaged 4 assists per game so far this season.    

The Illinois Fighting Illini welcome the Rutgers Scarlet Knights to town after winning their last game by the score of 71-70 against Wisconsin.  Ayo Dosunmu led the Fighting Illini in points on the night with 18 while shooting 7 of 15 from the field and 2 of 2 from the free throw line.  Dosunmu also led Illinois in assists in the game with 6, while playing a total of 37 minutes against Wisconsin.  Kofi Cockburn was the leading rebounder for Illinois as he pulled in 6 rebounds in the game with 1 coming offensively. 

With the win against Wisconsin, Illinois improved to 11-5 on the season and 3-2 in conference play.  Ayo Dosunmu leads Illinois in points per game on the season as he has averaged 15.3 points per game.  Kofi Cockburn has been the leading rebounder for Illinois so far this year as he has averaged 9.1 rebounds per game which includes 3.6 offensive rebounds per game.  Andres Feliz has been the leader in assists per game so far this year for the Fighting Illini as he has recorded 3.3 assists per game.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have scored an average of 73.6 points per game on the year while allowing an average of 59.7 points per game.  The Illinois Fighting Illini have scored 77.3 points per game while allowing 65.3 points per game.  In their last 5 games, the Scarlet Knights are 5-0 while the Fighting Illini at 3-2.  Rutgers is 6-0 against the spread in their last 6 games. The total has gone under in 4 of Rutgers' last 5 games. The total has gone under in 6 of Illinois' last 8 games.  In their last 3 meetings, the Fighting Illini are 3-0 against the Scarlet Knights and have won by the average score of 88.33-72.00.  I look for this to be a decent game and I believe Illinois will come out of it with a victory, but I also think that Rutgers will beat the spread in this one.  Illinois wins 65-62 but Rutgers beats the spread.

Pick:
Rutgers Scarlet Knights +5
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