Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers Pick, Odds, Prediction 2/26/14
Nebraska Cornhuskers (16-10) at Illinois Fighting Illini (15-12)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 9:00 pm (State Farm Center)
The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini -3.5 -- Over/Under: 125.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Illinois Fighting Illini and the Nebraska Cornhuskers face off on Wednesday in Big Ten college basketball.
The Illinois Fighting Illini are coming off on an impressive win at Minnesota but this season has seen very few impressive moments. Illinois is 4-10 in the Big Ten and 9-5 t home this season and they are tied for last place in the Big 10 standings. Rayvonte Rice leads the Illini averaging 16.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. Tracy Abrams is averaging 11.3 points, Joseph Bertrand is averaging 9.7 points, and Jon Ekey is averaging 7.3 points and 5.4 rebounds. Illinois is averaging 65.7 points and they are shooting 40.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 63.1 points and their opponents are shooting 41.4 percent. Illinois is just 2-5 in Big Ten home games.
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The Nebraska Cornhuskers have won five games in a row and seven of their last eight and are one of the hottest teams in the nation. Nebraska is 3-9 away from home this season and 8-6 in the Big Ten putting them in sixth place in the conference standings. Terran Petteway is leading the Huskers averaging 18.4 points and 5.0 rebounds. Shavon Shields is averaging 12 points and 5.5 rebounds, Walter Pitchford is averaging 9.1 points, and Ray Gallegos is averaging 7.3 points. Nebraska is averaging 67.7 points and they are shooting 42.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 65.6 points and their opponents are shooting 42.5 percent. Nebraska is looking like they may get into the NCAA Tournament with a strong finish to the season.
Illinois is 2-5-2 against the spread following a win, 3-9 against the spread in their last 12 games, and 0-5 against the spread in their last five home games. Nebraska is 11-1 against the spread in their last 12 games, 4-1 against the spread in their last five road games, and 4-0 against the spread against a team with a wining record. Nebraska has covered the point spread in four of the last five meeting s of these two.
My free pick in this one will be on the total and at 125.5 my play is on the under. My stronger play is on who will cover the spread and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as the App.
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