Minnesota vs. Illinois - 1/23/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Illinois Fighting Illini (9-10) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-13)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 8:30 pm (Williams Arena)
The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers PK -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Illinois Fighting Illini and Minnesota Golden Gophers meet Saturday at the Williams Arena.
The Illinois Fighting Illini need victory after losing five of their last six games. The Illinois Fighting Illini are averaging 74.2 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 76.3 points on 47.4 percent shooting. Malcolm Hill is averaging 18.2 points and 3.5 assists while Kendrick Nunn is averaging 17.8 points and 5.4 rebounds. Michael Finke is dishing 1.2 assists and Maverick Morgan is grabbing 1.9 rebounds. The Illinois Fighting Illini are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73 percent from the free throw line. The Fighting Illini are allowing 40 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.2 rebounds per game. The Illinois Fighting Illini have lost 10 of their last 12 road games.
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The Minnesota Golden Gophers need a win to snap an eight-game losing streak. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are averaging 69.8 points on 41.2 percent shooting and allowing 74.1 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Nate Mason is averaging 12.9 points and four assists while Joey King is averaging 12.4 points and 3.4 rebounds. Carlos Morris is dishing 1.4 assists and Jordan Murphy is grabbing 8.1 rebounds. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 71.6 percent from the free throw line. The Golden Gophers are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.7 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have lost six of their last seven home games.
The Fighting Illini are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games and 3-7-3 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Golden Gophers are 9-19 ATS in their last 28 vs. Big Ten and 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Fighting Illini are 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings in Minnesota and 17-7 ATS in the last 24 meetings overall.
Both teams have been fades pretty much all year and neither has shown much signs of turning things around. However, Minnesota is at home and usually plays well at The Barn. Give me the Golden Gophers in a toss up.