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Michigan vs. Illinois - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Illinois Fighting Illini (10-6) at Michigan Wolverines (13-3)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 12:00 pm (Crisler Center)

The Line: Michigan Wolverines -9.5 -- Over/Under: 135 See the Latest Odds

TV: BTN

We have some Big Ten action on the hardwood on Saturday afternoon, as the Illinois Fighting Illini take on the Michigan Wolverines in a college basketball matchup.

The Illinois Fighting Illini will look for their first conference win of the year after dropping to 0-3 in Big Ten play following a 77-67 loss to Minnesota in their last outing. Leron Black led the team with 14 points on 6 of 15 shooting, while Trent Frazier added 12 points with 3 triples and a team-high 6 assists as the lone pair of Illini to finish in double digits scoring in the loss. De’Monte Williams added 6 points with a team-high 8 rebounds and 4 steals, while Michael Finke added 5 points with 4 rebounds and a pair of steals in the losing effort. Black leads tIllinois with an average of 14.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, while Te’Jon Lucas leads the team with 3.1 assists per game this season. As a team, Illinois is scoring 79.5 points per game on 43.7% shooting from the field, 32.7% from behind the arc and 73.5% from the foul line this season.

Michigan vs. Illinois - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Michigan Wolverines will look to build on their 6 game winning streak after improving to 2-1 in Big Ten play after a 75-68 win over Iowa in their last outing. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Zavier Simpson tied for the team lead with 15 points apiece, with Abdur-Rahkman shooting 5 of 13 from the floor with 3 threes and a share of the team-lead with 7 rebounds and 6 assists with a pair of steals, while Simpson led the Wolverine with 7 assists and a pair of steals of his own. Charles Matthews came next with 14 points and 7 boards, while Isaiah Livers went 5 of 6 from the floor with 3 triples and a pair of steals to round out the scoring in double figures for the Wolverines in the winning effort. Matthews leads the team with 16 points per game this season, while Abdur-Rahkman leads the team with 3.4 assists per game and Moritz Wagner leads the way with 7.2 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Michigan is scoring 76.8 points per game on 48.5% shooting from the field, 36.7% from behind the arc and 63.2% from the foul line this season.

Illinois is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a loss and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games while the under is 23-5 in their last 28 games overall. Michigan is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 conference matchups and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 home games. Illinois is 3-12 ATS in the last 15 meetings between these two teams and 2-15 ATS in the last 17 meetings between these two teams in Michigan.

I know this line is a bit thick for a high profile college basketball matchup, but have you seen Illinois’ record ATS in Michigan and against the Wolverines overall? No thanks. Michigan is once again looking like a team that’s destined for the big dance come March while Illinois is too up and down for me to install any trust in them, so I’ll lay the points and back Michigan by double digits.

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