Illinois vs. Nebraska - 2/18/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Nebraska Cornhuskers (20-8) at Illinois Fighting Illini (12-15)
College Basketball: Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 3:30 pm (State Farm Center)
The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
We have some Big Ten college basketball action on tap Sunday afternoon as the Nebraska Cornhuskers take on the Illinois Fighting Illini.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers will look to stay hot after winning 6 straight and 8 of their last 9 games following a 70-66 win over Maryland in their last outing. James Palmer Jr. led the Huskers with 26 points on 10 of 19 shooting with a pair of threes and a team-high 5 assists while Isaiah Roby added 11 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks for the double-double. Isaac Copeland added 9 points to match his 9 rebounds. Palmer Jr. leads Nebraska is scoring with 17.9 points per game while Copeland leads the Cornhuskers with 6.2 rebounds per game and Glynn Watson Jr. is the Huskers’ top assist man with 3.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Nebraska is scoring 73.6 points per game on 43.6% shooting from the field, 35.4% from behind the arc and 72.2% from the foul line this season.
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The Illinois Fighting Illini will be looking for a big win to get out of the basement in the Big Ten standings after losing 4 straight and 10 of their last 12 games following a 78-68 loss to Indiana in their last outing. Leron Black led Illinois with 20 points on 8 of 12 shooting with a team-high 7 rebounds and a pair of blocks. Kipper Nichols came 2nd with 16 points while Trent Frazier added 12 points and a team-high 5 assists to round out the trio of double digit scorers for the Illini in the loss. Black leads Illinois with an average of 14.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while Te’Jon Lucas leads the Illini with 3 assists per game this season. As a team, Illinois is scoring 75.7 points per game on 43.8% shooting from the field, 31.6% from behind the arc and 72.6% from the foul line this season.
Nebraska is 8-0 ATS in their last 8 road games and 11-0 ATS in their last 11 games following a win while the under is 12-5 in their last 17 games overall. Illinois is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall while the over is 3-1-1 in their last 5 games following a loss. The under is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
This line is a joke right? Normally I’d give an edge to the team at home because of home court but we only have to lay a bucket with Nebraska, who is arguably the hottest team in the Big Ten, and has been money on the road over the last couple of months against the worst team in the conference? Sign me up. Give me Nebraska and lay the points.