Missouri vs. Illinois - 12/23/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Illinois Fighting Illini (8-5) at Missouri Tigers (10-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Scottrade Center)
The Line: Missouri Tigers -4 -- Over/Under: 149 See the Latest Odds
We have some non-conference action on the hardwood, as the Illinois Fighting Illini take on the Missouri Tigers in a college basketball matchup.
The Illinois Fighting Illini will try to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 5 games, including a 74-69 loss to New Mexico State in their last outing. Leron Black led the team with 17 points on 6 of 11 shooting with 8 rebounds, while Te’Jon Lucas chipped in 14 points on 6 of 7 shooting and Trent Frazier chipped in 13 points to round out the scoring in double digits for the Illini in the loss. Michael Finke led the team with 9 rebounds, while Mark Alstork dished out a team-high 4 assists. Black leads the team in scoring with an average of 13.9 points per game, while Finke leads the team in rebounds with 6.1 boards per game and Lucas leads the way in assists with 3.5 assists per game this season. As a team, Illinois is scoring 82.5 points per game on 44.8% shooting from the field, 33.3% from behind the arc and 74.5% from the foul line this season.
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The Missouri Tigers will look to add to their strong 10-2 start to the year following an 82-81 win over Stephen F. Austin in their last outing. Kassius Robertson led the team with 23 points on 7 of 12 shooting with 4 threes and a pair of steals. Jordan Barnett came right behind with 22 points on 6 of 12 shooting with 4 threes and a team-high 6 rebounds, while Jeremiah Tilmon shot a perfect 5 of 5 from the floor for 10 points to round out the scoring in double figures for the Tigers. Blake Harris dished out a team-high 5 assists with his 6 points and 3 steals, while Jontay Porter, along with Tilmon, each logged 2 blocks in the win. Robertson leads the team in scoring with an average of 14.5 points per game, while Porter is the team’s leading rebounder with 6.9 boards per game and Harris leads the way with 3.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Missouri is scoring 80.2 points per game on 49.2% shooting from the field, 39.7% from behind the arc and 72.3% from the foul line this season.
Illinois is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a loss and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games while the under is 11-1 in their last 12 games following a loss. Missouri is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games while the over is 16-7 in their last 23 games following a win.
I’d like to take Illinois and the points here, but the problem is that the Illini have been way too inconsistent for me to instill any faith in them. Missouri isn’t doing it pretty, but they’re getting the job done in the win column and I think they can do enough to win and cover in the process, so I’ll lay the points with Missouri here.