Illinois vs. Indiana - 3/1/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Illinois vs. Indiana - 3/1/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Hoosiers (18-10) at Illinois Fighting Illini (19-9)

College Basketball: Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 2:00 pm (State Farm Center)

The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini -5.5 -- Over/Under: 132.5

TV: BTN

The Indiana Hoosiers and the Illinois Fighting Illini meet in Big Ten conference college basketball action from the State Farm Center on Sunday afternoon.

The Indiana Hoosiers will try to join the middle of the pack in the Big Ten, sitting at 8-9 in conference play after a 57-49 loss to Purdue last time out. Trayce Jackson-Davis leads Indiana in scoring and rebounding with 13.8 PPG and 8 RPG while Devonte Green and Justin Smith each have 10.6 PPG. Rob Phinisee has a team-high 3.1 APG this season. As a team, Indiana is averaging 71.5 points on 44.4% shooting from the field, 31.8% from 3-point range and 68.2% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 67 points on 42.1% shooting from the field and 31.9% from 3-point range this season. Indiana is 2-7 straight up and 2-7 against the spread on the road this season.

The Illinois Fighting Illini will try to keep pace near the top of the Big Ten sitting at 11-6 in conference play after a 74-66 win over Northwestern. Ayo Dosunmu leads Illinois in scoring and assists with 16.4 PPG and 3.2 APG while Kofi Cockburn is 2nd in scoring and tops in rebounding with 13.6 PPG and 9.1 RP G this season. Andres Feliz has 10.6 PPG and 4.9 RPG this season. As a team, Illinois is averaging 72.5 points on 44.1% shooting from the field, 31.1% from 3-point range and 72.8% from the foul line while allowing 64.7 points on 41.4% shooting from the field and 32.6% from 3-point range this season. Illinois is 13-3 straight up and 7-7-1 against the spread at home this season.

I’ve said it before all throughout conference play, that dominance at home has been the theme in Big Ten conference play this season, and for Illinois, it’s been no different. Indiana is a talented team, but the Hoosiers just haven’t been able to transition that play to the road pretty much all season long. I just think this is another game that the trend plays true to form, so I’ll lay the points with Illinois in this one.

Chris’s Pick Illinois -5.5

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