Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Chattanooga Mocs - 11/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chattanooga Mocs (2-0) vs. Illinois Fighting Illini (1-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 8:30 pm (Prairie Capital Convention Center)
The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini -6 See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Chattanooga Mocs will play the Illinois Fighting Illini in the Emerald Coast Classic.
The Illinois Fighting Illini are 1-2 and are coming off of a loss to Providence by a score of 60-59. Illinois had three chances to take the lead in the final ten seconds but missed all three opportunities. Jalen Coleman-Lands led Illinois with 17 points and 4 rebounds. Malcolm Hill had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Illinois in this one. Illinois tied with their opponent in the rebounding battle with a total of 39 rebounds for each team. Illinois had 13 assists and 8 turnovers in their defeat. Illinois is averaging 73.3 points per game while giving up 75.7 points per game. Illinois is also averaging 38 rebounds per game and 15.3 assists per game. Malcolm Hill is the leading player for Illinois with 16 points per game, 8.3 rebounds per game, and 4.3 assists per game. Illinois is shooting 58.9% on free throws, 36.2% on three-pointers, and 44.1% on all field goal attempts.
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The Chattanooga Mocs are 2-0 and are coming off of a win against Hiwassee by a score of 94-55. Chattanooga was much better than their opponent and this game was a blowout from the start. Justin Tuoyo scored 16 points for Chattanooga in their victory. Peyton Woods came off of the bench and scored 14 points, which was second best on Chattanooga in this game. Chattanooga out rebounded their opponent by a total of 46-26 and had 25 assists in the win. Chattanooga is averaging 93 points per game while giving up 72.5 points per game. Chattanooga is also averaging 41.5 rebounds per game and 18 assists per game. Johnathan Burroughs-Cook and Casey Jones are leading the offense for Chattanooga with 15.5 points per game each. Casey Jones leads the team in rebounding with 7 rebounds per game. Chattanooga is averaging 62.5% on free throws, 42.9% on three-pointers, and 49.6% on all field goal attempts.
Chattanooga is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against the Big Ten. Chattanooga is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games. The under is 4-1 in Chattanooga’s last 5 non-conference games. Illinois is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games. The over is 4-0 in Illinois’ last 4 home games. The under is 7-3 in Illinois’ last 10 non-conference games.
Illinois is coming off of a battle against a very good Providence team and really impressed me with the way they hung around and had a chance to win at the end. Chattanooga’s last game was against a much less talented team and I do not think it really benefited Chattanooga to play them. I think Illinois will build upon their good showing in their last game and will get the victory in this one.