Illinois vs Purdue College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/2/21

Illinois vs Purdue College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/2/21 Photo by Matt Stamey-USA TODAY Sports

Purdue Boilermakers (7-4) at Illinois Fighting Illini (7-3)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 6:00 pm (State Farm Center)

The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini -7.5 -- Over/Under: 147.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Purdue Boilermakers and Illinois Fighting Illini meet Saturday in college basketball action at the State Farm Center.

The Purdue Boilermakers look for a win after splitting their last four games. The Purdue Boilermakers are averaging 72.8 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 67.4 points on 42.2 percent shooting. Trevion Williams is averaging 14.1 points and 9.7 rebounds while Eric Hunter Jr. is averaging 12.3 points and 1.9 rebounds. Sasha Stefanovic is the third double-digit scorer and Brandon Newman is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The Purdue Boilermakers are shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 70.5 percent from the free throw line. The Purdue Boilermakers are allowing 32.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.8 rebounds per game.

The Illinois Fighting Illini look to stay hot after winning three of their last four games. 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.

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The Boilermakers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Fighting Illini are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games. The over is 17-7 in Boilermakers last 24 overall. The over is 7-1 in Fighting Illini last 8 overall. The home team is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

The Purdue Boilermakers have had issues this season when playing above average competition and they can be shaky at times defensively. The Illinois Fighting Illini are one of the best offensive teams in the entire country and have had great success against the number at home. Illinois has shown to be the better team this season and I'm not stepping in front of this reasonable number. 

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Randy’s Pick Illinois Fighting Illini -7.5

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