Providence vs. Illinois - 11/18/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Illinois Fighting Illini (1-1) at Providence Friars (1-0)
College Basketball: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Dunkin Donuts Center)
The Line: Providence Friars -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Illinois Fighting Illini and Providence Friars meet Wednesday night at the Dunkin Donuts Center.
The Illinois Fighting Illini look for their first road win to get a game above a .500 record. The Illinois Fighting Illini are averaging 80.5 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 83.5 points on 48.3 percent shooting. Mike Thorne Jr. is averaging 23 points and 11 rebounds while Malcolm Hill is averaging 16.5 points and five assists. Aaron Jordan is dishing 2.5 assists and Maverick Morgan is grabbing three rebounds. The Illinois Fighting Illini have looked shaky out of the gate, and it starts with slow starts and just 58 percent shooting from the free throw line. Illinois has to play with a sense of urgency, especially when it's lost eight of its last 10 road games. Leron Black is questionable with a knee injury.
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The Providence Friars look for another win after beating Harvard in their season opener. The Providence Friars are averaging 76 points on 39.7 percent shooting and allowing 64 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Kris Dunn is averaging 32 points and five assists while Rodney Bullock is averaging 20 points and six rebounds. Ryan Fazekas is the third double-digit scorer and Ben Bentil is grabbing 11 rebounds. The Providence Friars can also shoot better after making just four of 16 threes and and shooting three percent below league average from the field. However, Dunn and Bullock are possibly the best offensive tandem in the country. Providence is a serious team to watch this season.
The Fighting Illini are 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 road games and 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games. The Friars are 19-9-1 ATS in their last 29 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.
Providence may be top heavy in talent, but the Friars are in great hands with Dunn leading the way. I'm not sure Illinois has enough horses to keep this close on the road, especially with the Fighting Illini struggling big time on the road last season.