Iowa vs. Illinois - 3/10/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Illinois Fighting Illini (14-18) vs Iowa Hawkeyes (21-9)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 2:25 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Iowa Hawkeyes and the Illinois Fighting Illini face off on Thursday in Big Ten college basketball tournament action.
The Iowa Hawkeyes are 21-9 this season and they are coming off of a win over Michigan that ended a four game losing streak. Iowa is averaging 78.5 points per game and they are shooting 45.2 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 68.7 points and their opponents are shooting 41.3 percent. Jarrod Uthoff leads the Hawkeyes averaging 18.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Peter Jok is averaging 15.8 points, Anthony Clemmons is averaging 9.3 points, and Mike Gesell is averaging 8.5 points and 6.2 assists. Iowa is 12-6 in the Big Ten and 2-2 in neutral site games.
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The Illinois Fighting Illini are 14-18 this season and they land in this game after blowing out Minnesota on Wednesday. Illinois is averaging 72.7 points per game and they are shooting 43.3 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 74.6 points and their opponents are shooting 46 percent. Malcolm Hill leads the Illini averaging 18.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. Kendrick Nunn is averaging 15.6 points and 5.1 rebounds, Jalen Coleman-lands is averaging 10.3 points, and Maverick Morgan is averaging 7.8 points. Illinois is 6-13 in the Big Ten and 5-2 in neutral site games.
Iowa is 2-10 against the spread in their last 12 neutral site games, 1-6 against the spread in their last seven games, and 1-4 against the spread against a team with a losing record. Illinois is 2-7-1 against the spread in their last 10 neutral site games, 1-5-1 against the spread following a win, and 2-8-1 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread. The favorite is 8-2-1 against the spread in the last 11 meetings of these two teams.
Iowa is the much better team but they really struggled recently and with Illinois coming off of a well played blowout win I like them to cover here.