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Illinois vs UTRGV 11/26/21 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

UTRGV Vaqueros (4-2) vs. Illinois Fighting Illini (3-2)
November 26, 2021 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini -27.5 / UTRGV Vaqueros +27.5; Over/Under: -143.5
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The UT Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros and Illinois Fighting Illini meet Friday in college basketball action at the State Farm Center. The UT Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros look to build on their 4-2 record. The Illinois Fighting Illini look for a win after splitting their last four games.

The UT Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros are averaging 75 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 77.8 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Justin Johnson is averaging 17.5 points and 6.8 rebounds, while Ricky Nelson is averaging 13 points and 4.8 assists. LaQuan Butler is the third double-digit scorer and Mike Adewunmi is grabbing 7.8 rebounds. The UT Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 69.6 percent from the free throw line. The UT Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros are allowing 28.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32 rebounds per game.

The Illinois Fighting Illini are averaging 70.4 points on 41.2 percent shooting and allowing 60.4 points on 37.6 percent shooting. Kofi Cockburn is averaging 20.5 points and 10 rebounds, while Jacob Grandison is averaging 10.8 points and 42 rebounds. Coleman Hawkins is the third double-digit scorer and Andre Curbelo is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The Illinois Fighting Illini are shooting 32.2 percent from beyond the arc and 63.1 percent from the free throw line. The Illinois Fighting Illini are allowing 29.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43 rebounds per game.

The Vaqueros are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Fighting Illini are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The over is 4-1 in Vaqueros last 5 overall. The under is 5-2 in Fighting Illini last 7 overall.

The Illinois Fighting Illini are capable of blowing the doors off here, but they haven’t exactly gotten off to the best start, and the offense has had issues for stretches. This is also a potential look ahead spot for Illinois, with Notre Dame and other big games on deck. This is one of the bigger games on the schedule for UTRGV Vaqueros. I’ll take a shot with the points.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick:
UTRGV Vaqueros +27.5
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Randy Chambers

Randy has covered sports betting since 2014 and writes about everything from NFL to WNBA.

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