Kentucky vs. Illinois State - 11/30/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Illinois State Redbirds (3-4) at Kentucky Wildcats (6-0)
College Basketball: Monday, November 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Rupp Arena)
The Line: Kentucky Wildcats -19.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Illinois State Redbirds and Kentucky Wildcats meet Monday night at the Rupp Arena.
The Illinois State Redbirds would love a big upset in order to get back to a .500 record. The Illinois State Redbirds are averaging 65.3 points on 40.5 percent shooting and allowing 70.7 points on 44.9 percent shooting. DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell is averaging 15.9 points and 3.6 rebounds while Paris Lee is averaging 12 points and four assists. Roland Griffin is dishing 1.1 assists and Deontae Hawkins is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Illinois State Redbirds are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 58 percent from the free throw line. Illinois State is averaging 15 turnovers per game and has made 41 threes in seven games this season. The Illinois State Redbirds have split their last 10 road games.
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The Kentucky Wildcats hope to keep rolling after a 6-0 start to the season. The Kentucky Wildcats are averaging 80.5 points on 49.9 percent shooting and allowing 62.2 points on 39.1 percent shooting. Jamal Murray is averaging 14.8 points and 3.5 assists while Skal Labissiere is averaging 14.7 points and 4.7 rebounds. Isaiah Briscoe is dishing 3.4 assists and Alex Poythress is grabbing seven rebounds. The Kentucky Wildcats are shooting 29.1 percent from beyond the arc and 67.6 percent from the free throw line. Kentucky has made just 25 threes in six games but is averaging 13 offensive rebounds. The Kentucky Wildcats have not lost a home game since February of 2014. Tyler Ulis is questionable with an elbow injury.
The Redbirds are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Wildcats are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. win.
Kentucky hasn't handled big chalk well so far this season and we've made money fading early on. However, Illinois State doesn't shoot the ball well enough to hang around and is making less than 60 percent of its free throws. Every point counts against the Wildcats, and I don't see it here.