Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Iowa Hawkeyes - 2/7/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Iowa Hawkeyes (18-4) at Illinois Fighting Illini (11-12)
College Basketball: Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 1:00 pm (State Farm Center)
The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini +10.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten
The #3 Iowa Hawkeyes look to stay on a roll when they visit the Fighting Illini of Illinois.
The #3 Iowa Hawkeyes have been on a serious roll since the opening tip of the season with double digit wins piling up. The trend continued in a 73-49 rout of visiting Penn State that really was never in doubt with too much firepower at both ends of the floor. Iowa took a 19 point lead at the break and never looked back with the Nittany Lions held to 30% shooting while countering at 46% with eleven more free throws. Jarrod Uthoff paced the Hawkeyes with 14 points and four blocks with Peter Jok and Anthony Clemmons netting 12 points apiece on 9-17 shooting. Ahmad Wagner, Dominique Uhi and Nicholas Wagner scored eight points each while Adam Woodbury hauled in a game high 15 rebounds to go along with five points.
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The Illinois Fighting Illini were doing fine before conference play began and it’s been downhill since. The Illini have dropped eight of ten but did come up with a 110-101, triple overtime win at Rutgers on Wednesday night as a 6.5 point road favorite. Bothe teams sank shots at around 46% with the Scarlet Knights totaling four more field goals on seven more shots but Illinois won this at the stripe where they turned 27 Rutgers personals in to a 30-15 advantage at the line. Aaron Jordan gave the Illini 32 points, 14 rebounds and five assists with Jalen Coleman-Lands tossing in 26 points. Maverick Morgan netted 20 points while Kendrick Nunn added ten points and 13 rebounds.
I don’t know if trends make me lean to one side or the other. The Hawkeyes have been putting up incredible numbers where double digit wins are the norm. On the flip side the Fighting Illini are struggling and my thoughts are that this is a favorable match up for Iowa even though it’s on the road…