Northwestern vs. Illinois - 2/27/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northwestern vs. Illinois - 2/27/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois Fighting Illini (18-9) at Northwestern Wildcats (6-20)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Welsh-Ryan Arena)

The Line: Northwestern Wildcats +4.5 -- Over/Under: 132

TV: BTN

The Illinois Fighting Illini and Northwestern Wildcats meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Welsh-Ryan Arena.

The Illinois Fighting Illini need a win after splitting their last eight games. The Illinois Fighting Illini are averaging 72.5 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 64.6 points on 41.4 percent shooting. Ayo Dosunmu is averaging 16.2 points and 4.2 rebounds while Kofi Cockburn is averaging 13.6 points and nine rebounds. Andres Feliz is the third double-digit scorer and Trent Frazier is grabbing 2.2 rebounds. The Illinois Fighting Illini are shooting 30.9 percent from beyond the arc and 72.6 percent from the free throw line. The Illinois Fighting Illini are allowing 32.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.8 rebounds per game. The Illinois Fighting Illini have won four of their last six road games.

The Northwestern Wildcats are still looking for their first win since January 11. The Northwestern Wildcats are averaging 64.6 points on 41.6 percent shooting and allowing 69.8 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Miller Kopp is averaging 13 points and 3.6 rebounds while Boo Buie is averaging 10.5 points and 2.1 rebounds. Pat Spencer is the third double-digit scorer and Ryan Young is grabbing 6.1 rebounds. The Northwestern Wildcats are shooting 31.4 percent from beyond the arc and 73.1 percent from the free throw line. The Northwestern Wildcats are allowing 33.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.1 rebounds per game. The Northwestern Wildcats have lost six straight home games.

The road team is 11-5 ATS in the last 16 meetings. The underdog is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.

The Illinois Fighting Illini aren't playing good basketball entering this contest, but they're head and shoulders the better team and have covered six of their 10 road games. The Northwestern Wildcats have not only gone more than a month without a victory, but they're losing their last five games by an average of 16 points while shooting 40.6 percent from the field. The Northwestern Wildcats also lose at home by an average of 5.3 points while shooting 39 percent from the field, and they're 3-11 against the spread at home. You almost have no choice but to continue fading the Northwestern Wildcats until the tickets stop cashing.

Randy’s Pick Illinois Fighting Illini -4.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.