Northwestern Wildcats (12-10) vs. Illinois Fighting Illini (17-6)
February 13, 2022 2:00 pm EDT
The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini -10 / Northwestern Wildcats +10; Over/Under: +139
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The Northwestern Wildcats and Illinois Fighting Illini meet Sunday in college basketball action at the State Farm Center. The Northwestern Wildcats look to build on their three-game winning streak. The Illinois Fighting Illini look for a win after winning seven of their last 10 games.
The Northwestern Wildcats are averaging 75.1 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 67.8 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Boo Buie is averaging 15.5 points and 2.6 rebounds, while Pete Nance is averaging 15.1 points and 7 rebounds. Chase Audige is the third double-digit scorer and Ryan Young is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Northwestern Wildcats are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 73.5 percent from the free throw line. The Northwestern Wildcats are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.3 rebounds per game.
The Illinois Fighting Illini are averaging 76.7 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 66.3 points on 40.1 percent shooting. Kofi Cockburn is averaging 21.6 points and 11.2 rebounds, while Alfonso Plummer is averaging 15.2 points and 2.6 rebounds. Trent Frazier is the third double-digit scorer and Jacob Grandison is grabbing 4 rebounds. The Illinois Fighting Illini are shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 71.4 percent from the free throw line. The Illinois Fighting Illini are allowing 31.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.8 rebounds per game.
The Wildcats are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Sunday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Fighting Illini are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The over is 13-5-1 in Fighting Illini last 19 overall. The road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Illinois Fighting Illini are the better, more talented team, and they’re excellent at home, where they win by an average of 17 points. However, the Northwestern Wildcats are playing their best ball of the season with three straight wins, and they took Illinois down to the wire two weeks ago. Lot of points here. I’ll take a stab with Northwestern.