Iowa vs. Illinois - 2/25/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Illinois Fighting Illini (17-10) at Iowa Hawkeyes (17-10)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)
The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Illinois Fighting Illini and Iowa Hawkeyes meet Wednesday at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Illinois Fighting Illini look for a win after winning five of their last eight games. On the season, Illinois is averaging 70.2 points on 42.1 percent shooting and is allowing 63 points on 41.2 percent shooting. Rayvonte Rice is averaging 15.9 points and 6.4 rebounds while Malcolm Hill is averaging 14.7 points and 5.2 rebounds. Kendrick Nunn is dishing two assists and Nnanna Egwu is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. The Illinois Fighting Illini have four players averaging at least 7.5 points, and they’re shooting 79 percent from the line and 36.1 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Illinois is allowing 32.2 percent shooting from deep and has given up 60 or less points in five of its last six games.
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The Iowa Hawkeyes also need a win after winning four of their last six games. On the season, Iowa is averaging 69.2 points on 43.5 percent shooting and is allowing 61.5 points on 39.5 percent shooting. Aaron White is averaging 14.7 points and 7.1 rebounds while Jarrod Uthoff is averaging 12.2 points and six rebounds. Gabriel Olaseni is grabbing 4.8 rebounds and Mike Gesell is dishing 3.7 assists. The Iowa Hawkeyes have four players averaging at least 7.4 points, and they’re shooting 73.6 percent from the line and 33.2 percent from downtown. Defensively, Iowa is allowing 31.3 percent shooting from deep and has given up 66 or less points in six straight games.
The Fighting Illini are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Wednesday games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games. The Hawkeyes are 11-3 ATS in their last 14 Wednesday games and 6-13 ATS in their last 19 home games. The favorite is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
The Iowa Hawkeyes have been such a hit or miss this season, while Illinois has been playing far more consistent basketball ever since Rice returned to the lineup. I'll take the points here, as I think the Fighting Illini have a chance to win this outright.