Michigan Wolverines vs. Illinois Fighting Illini 3/14/14 Big Ten Tournament Pick, Odds, Prediction
Illinois Fighting Illini (19-13) Vs. Michigan Wolverines (23-7)
Friday March 14, 2014 12:00
The Line: Michigan Wolverines -7-- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Michigan Wolverines and the Illinois Fighting Illini face off on Friday in Indianapolis in a quarterfinal matchup in the Big Ten Tournament.
The Michigan Wolverines won the regular season title in the Big Ten and they got a bye in the first round of the conference tournament. Michigan is 15-3 in the Big 10, 3-1 in neutral site games, and they are ranked number eight in the nation. Nik Stuaskas is the leader of the Wolverines averaging 17.4 points per game. Caris LeVert is averaging 13.4 points, Glenn Robinson III is averaging 13.2 points, and Derrick Walton Jr. is averaging 8.1 points. Michigan is averaging 75.5 points and they are shooting 48 percent while defensively they are allowing 65.2 points and their opponents are shooting 44.2 percent. Michigan won their last five games to close out the season.
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The Illinois Fighting Illini had a challenging season but they have gotten hot at the right time including handling Indiana on Thursday in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament. Illinois is 8-11 in Big Ten play, 4-1 in neutral site games, and 1-6 against teams ranked in the top 25. Rayvonte Rice leads the Illini averaging 15.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Tracy Abrams is averaging 11 points, Joseph Bertrand is averaging 8.6 points, and Jon Ekey is averaging 7.3 points and 5.1 rebounds. Illinois is averaging 64.7 points and they are shooting 40.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 62.5 points and their opponents are shooting 41.8 percent. Illinois lost to Michigan by 31 points at home just 10 days ago.
Michigan is 4-0 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, 1-3-1 against the spread in their last five neutral site games, and 2-6 against the spread following a win. Illinois is 5-1 against the spread against the Big Ten, 6-0-1 against the spread in their last seven neutral site games, and 5-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record. The favorite has covered the point spread in four of the last five meetings of these two.
Michigan belted the Illini in the last meeting an look for Illinois to not forget it and at the very lest hang tough here.
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