Rutgers vs Illinois College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 12/20/20

Rutgers vs Illinois College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 12/20/20 Photo by Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois Fighting Illini (5-2) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (5-0)

College Basketball: Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 1:00 pm (Rutgers Athletic Center)

The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights -1.5 -- Over/Under: 145.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Illinois Fighting Illini and Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet Sunday in college basketball action at the Rutgers Athletic Center.

The Illinois Fighting Illini look for a win here to build on their 5-2 record. The Illinois Fighting Illini are averaging 88.3 points on 53.7 percent shooting and allowing 67 points on 38.6 percent shooting. Ayo Dosunmu is averaging 22.7 points and 7.6 rebounds while Kofi Cockburn is averaging 16.7 points and 9.4 rebounds. Adam Miller is the third double-digit scorer and Andre Curbelo is grabbing 3.6 rebounds. The Illinois Fighting Illini are shooting 43.2 percent from beyond the arc and 67.9 percent from the free throw line. The Illinois Fighting Illini are allowing 27.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.3 rebounds per game.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights look for a win to build on their 6-0 record. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are averaging 81 points on 52 percent shooting and allowing 64.6 points on 37.2 percent shooting. Ron Harper Jr. is averaging 23.2 points and seven rebounds while Jacob Young is averaging 15 points and 2.8 rebounds. Montez Mathis is the third double-digit scorer and Myles Johnson is grabbing nine rebounds. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 57.3 percent from the free throw line. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are allowing 28.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.8 rebounds per game.

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The Fighting Illini are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games. The Scarlet Knights are 12-5-2 ATS in their last 19 home games and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The over is 9-1-1 in Fighting Illini last 11 overall. The over is 5-1-1 in Scarlet Knights last 7 overall. The favorite is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings.

The Illinois Fighting Illini are probably the more talented team here, but they've been shaky defensively at times and have come up short in some of their bigger games. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are coming off back to back wins over Syracuse and Maryland, and they've shown a balanced attack, especially offensively where they're shooting 52 percent from the field. Rutgers is too consistent to bet against right now. I'll lay the small chalk. 

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