Illinois vs. Florida State - 11/25/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Florida State Seminoles (4-1) vs. Illinois Fighting Illini (4-2) at
College Basketball: Friday, November 25, 2016 at 12:30 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Florida State Seminoles -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Illinois Fighting Illini and the Florida State Seminoles face off on Friday in college basketball tournament action.
The Illinois Fighting Illini are 4-2 this season and they land in this game after getting blown out by West Virginia 57-89 on Thursday. Illinois shot 39.3 percent from the floor and 23.5 percent from beyond the 3-point arc while allowing WVU to shoot 45.8 percent in a game that was all but over by halftime. Michael Finke was Illinois’ top scorer with 13 points in 27 minutes. Mike Thorne Jr. 12 points and 7 rebounds for UI, Malcom Hill had 7 points, and Leron Black had 6 points. The loss was Illinois’ second in as many games.
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The Florida State Seminoles are 4-1 this season and they land in this game after losing to Temple in a game they led by 10 points at the half. Florida State shot 55 percent from the floor and 44.4 percent from beyond the 3-point arc but they shot just 66.7 percent form the free throw line and that is what cost them. Dwayne Bacon led the Seminoles with 22 points in 27 minutes, Jonathan Isaac had 19 points and 7 rebounds for FSU, Xavier Rathan-Mayes had 11 points and 6 assists, and Terrance Mann had 10 points and 5 rebounds. Florida State’s defense wasn’t good enough and it allowed Temple to make the big comeback.
Illinois is 3-9-1 against the spread in their last 13 neutral site games, 1-6-4 against the spread in their last 11 neutral site games, and 0-4-1 against the spread in their last 5 games. Florida State is 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 non-conference games, 3-7 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 2-9 against the spread against the Big Ten.
Florida State is a big favoite here but as we saw yesterday their defense makes me wary so I will take the points with Illinois