Illinois vs. Iowa - 3/8/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Illinois vs. Iowa - 3/8/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa Hawkeyes (20-10) at Illinois Fighting Illini (20-10)

College Basketball: Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 7:00 pm (State Farm Center)

The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini -3 -- Over/Under: 144.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Iowa Hawkeyes and Illinois Fighting Illini meet Sunday in college basketball action at the State Farm Center.

The Iowa Hawkeyes need a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Iowa Hawkeyes are averaging 77.8 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 72.1 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Luka Garza is averaging 23.7 points and 9.9 rebounds while Joe Wieskamp is averaging 14.3 points and 6.1 rebounds. CJ Fredrick is the third double-digit scorer and Jordan Bohannon is dishing 3.3 assists. The Iowa Hawkeyes are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 74.4 percent from the free throw line. The Iowa Hawkeyes are allowing 32.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.3 rebounds per game. The Iowa Hawkeyes have lost four of their last five road games.

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The Illinois Fighting Illini look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Illinois Fighting Illini are averaging 72 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 64.9 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Ayo Dosunmu is averaging 16.6 points and 4.2 rebounds while Kofi Cockburn is averaging 13.4 points and 8.8 rebounds. Andres Feliz is the third double-digit scorer and Trent Frazier is grabbing 2.3 rebounds. The Illinois Fighting Illini are shooting 31 percent from beyond the arc and 73.1 percent from the free throw line. The Illinois Fighting Illini are allowing 32.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.4 rebounds per game. The Illinois Fighting Illini have won six of their last eight home games. 

The home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.

The home team has won the last four meetings between Iowa and Illinois, and Illinois enters this game playing the better basketball. The Iowa Hawkeyes have had issues on the road with losses in four of their last five, while Illinois is winning at home by an average of 14.5 points and shooting 45.6 percent from the field. The Iowa Hawkeyes will have some trouble in this contest if they can't find some easy offense. Throw in senior night for Illinois, and I'll lay the bucket with the Fighting Illini on its home court. 

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Randy’s Pick Illinois Fighting Illini -3

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