Illinois vs. Northern Kentucky - 11/13/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northern Kentucky Norse (1-0) at Illinois Fighting Illini (1-0)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 6:00 pm (State Farm Center)
The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini -15 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Northern Kentucky Norse and Illinois Fighting Illini meet Sunday in a college basketball game at the State Farm Center.
The Northern Kentucky Norse look for another big victory after beating Earlham during their season opener. The Northern Kentucky Norse are averaging 96 points on 64.4 percent shooting and allowing 56 points on 35 percent shooting. Carson Williams is averaging 15 points and three rebounds while Drew McDonald is averaging 13 points and two assists. Jeff Garrett is the third double-digit scorer and Dantez Walton is grabbing six rebounds. The Northern Kentucky Norse are shooting 28.6 percent from beyond the arc and 63.6 percent from the free throw line. The Northern Kentucky Norse are allowing 30.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42 rebounds per game. The Northern Kentucky Norse have lost five straight road games.
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The Illinois Fighting Illini also look for a quick 2-0 start after beating Southeast Missouri State on Friday. The Illinois Fighting Illini are averaging 81 points on 56.6 percent shooting and allowing 62 points on 41 percent shooting. Malcolm Hill is averaging 21 points and four assists while Maverick Morgan is averaging 16 points and three rebounds. Tracy Abrams is the third double-digit scorer and Michael Finke is grabbing seven rebounds. The Illinois Fighting Illini are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 83.3 percent from the free throw line. The Illinois Fighting Illini are allowing 41.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34 rebounds per game. The Illinois Fighting Illini have lost five of their last eight home games.
The Norse are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Fighting Illini are 5-11-3 ATS in their last 19 home games and 1-4-3 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games. The under is 19-9 in Fighting Illini last 28 Sunday games and the over is 3-1-1 in Norse last 5 road games.
Illinois looked like the team we expected to see last year but the Illini had no luck when it came to injuries. This Illinois team could do some damage in the Big Ten this season. We'll find out a lot about Northern Kentucky in this game on the road, but I'm not expecting the Norse to put up much of a fight. Illinois is too talented and should be on a mission to get off to a fast start.