Illinois vs. Purdue - 1/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Purdue Boilermakers (11-7) at Illinois Fighting Illini (12-7)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 9:00 pm (State Farm Center)
The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Purdue Boilermakers and Illinois Fighting Illini play Wednesday at the State Farm Center.
The Purdue Boilermakers have split their last 10 games and play their fourth true road game. On the season, Purdue is averaging 73.7 points on 46 percent shooting and is allowing 65.3 points on 41 percent shooting. Kendall Stephens is averaging 11.6 points and 1.9 assists while A.J. Hammons is averaging 10.7 points and 6.2 rebounds. Vince Edwards is the third player averaging double-digit points and Isaac Haas is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Purdue Boilermakers have six players averaging at least 8.8 points while they’re shooting 67.8 percent from the line and 34 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Purdue is allowing 37.7 percent shooting from deep and has given up 77 or more points in four of its last eight games. Purdue is 1-2 SU on the road.
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The Illinois Fighting Illini have split their last 10 games and look for their third Big Ten win. On the season, Illinois is averaging 74.1 points on 43.6 percent shooting and is allowing 64.1 points on 40.7 percent shooting. Malcolm Hill is averaging 13.6 points and 5.5 rebounds while Kendrick Nunn is averaging 10.4 points and three rebounds. Ahmad Starks is dishing three assists and Aaron Cosby is shooting 29.3 percent from the field. The Illinois Fighting Illini are still trying to figure things out without Rayvonte Rice on the court. Illinois is shooting 78.7 percent from the line and 36.4 percent from deep and have combined for 146 points in its last two games. Defensively, Illinois is allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in six of its last nine games.
The Boilermakers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Big Ten. The Fighting Illini are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Wednesday games and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Boilermakers are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Illinois and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.
I'm still not sure why the oddmakers love Illinois, as we've made some nice coin fading them ever since Rice went down with an injury. No reason to back out now, especially with a Purdue team that is solid on the boards and can put the ball in the hoop.