Illinois vs. Boise State - 3/20/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boise State Broncos (20-11) at Illinois Fighting Illini (19-14)
College Basketball: Monday, March 20, 2017 at 9:00 pm (State Farm Center)
The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini -7 -- Over/Under: 144.5 See the Latest Odds
We have some NIT action on Monday night as the Boise State Broncos take on the Illinois Fighting Illini.
The Boise State Broncos reached the 2nd round of their region by defeating Utah in the opening round by a final score of 73-68. Chandler Hutchison led the team with 34 points on 14 of 24 shooting from the floor with 5 rebounds while Marcus Dickinson chipped in 12 points, joining Hutchison as the only Broncos to score in double figures in the win. Justinian Jessup contributed 6 points and a team-high 2 assists and 3 steals for Boise State while Zack Haney added 7 points and 3 blocks and Nick Duncan chipped in a pair of rejections as well. Hutchison leads the team with an average of 17.4 points and 7.8 rebounds per game while Paris Austin leads the team in assists with 2.8 assists per game this season. As a team, Boise State is scoring 75.7 points per game on 45.2% shooting from the field, 35.2% from behind the arc and 71.3% from the foul line this season.
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The Illinois Fighting Illini started the post-John Groce era with an 82-57 opening round win over Valparaiso. Malcolm Hill led the team with 25 points on 7 of 12 shooting with 4 triples while Leron Black came 2nd with 13 points and a game-high 12 rebounds for the double-double, joining Hill as the only Illini to score in double figures in the win. Tracy Abrams scored 9 points to go along with 8 rebounds, 5 assists and a pair of steals while Te'Jon Lucas was held scoreless with a team-high 6 assists. Hill leads the team with an average of 17 points and 3 assists per game while Black leads the team in rebounding with 6.2 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Illinois is scoring 72.1 points per game on 45% shooting from the field, 37.1% from behind the arc and 68.6% from the foul line this season.
Boise State is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall while the under is 13-5 in their last 18 non-conference games. Illinois is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 13-3 in their last 16 games overall.
Boise State just took down a strong Utah team as 12-point underdogs, and now face an Illinois team that is still under new leadership after the firing of John Groce. I'm not reading too much into Illinois' win over Valpo, as the Crusaders were missing their best player who averaged a double-double per game. Boise State is dangerous and has a real chance of pulling off a second straight upset, so I'll take the Broncos and the points here.