Illinois vs. Austin Peay - 12/6/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Austin Peay Governors (4-4) at Illinois Fighting Illini (6-3)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 8:00 pm (State Farm Center)
The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini -17.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Wednesday night college basketball features the Austin Peay Governors facing the Illinois Fighting Illini.
The Austin Peay Governors have been getting both ends of the floor on the same page in winning three of four capped off by a 67-47 rout of the Alabama A&M Bulldogs on Saturday. Austin Peay was up 12 heading to the locker room and were never challenged. The Governors only sank shots at 41.9% but 26 forced turnovers led the way to 23 more looks to outdistance the 35.9% Bulldogs.
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The Governors received 15 points from both Averyl Ugba and Steve Harris on 12-24 from the field while Chris Porter-Bunton added 14 points, seven boards and three steals on 6-11 shooting. Terry Taylor gave Austin Peay plenty of muscle on the backboards with a game high 13 rebounds to go along with five points.
The Illinois Fighting Illini kicked off the 2017-18 in impressive fashion with six consecutive victories before dropping three in a row after a 92-91, overtime loss to the Maryland Terrapins as a 2.5 point home dog where a comeback from a 19 point deficit went for naught. The Fighting Illini were outshot 59.3%-51.4% but eleven more looks at the basket thanks to forcing 25 Maryland Terrapins.
A balanced and explosive Illinois offense saw 18 points and five pulls from Leron Black on 8-11 from the floor with Mark Alstork tossing in 17 points on 5-9 shooting before fouling out in 31 minutes. Aaron Jordan gave Illinois 15 points on 4-6 from the field while Kipper Nichols and Trent Frazier netted eleven points each on a combined 10-22 accuracy.
Austin Peay are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall and Austin Peay are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games and over is 16-5-1 in Austin Peay last 22 Wednesday games. Illinois are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and Illinois are 14-4-3 ATS in their last 21 Wednesday games and under is 7-2 in Illinois last 9 vs. Ohio Valley.
Illinois should steam roll the Governors but the Big Ten isn’t a great conference outside of a few teams so I’ll take the points…