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Illinois vs Bethune-Cookman 12/29/22 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (4-8) vs. Illinois Fighting Illini (8-4)
December 29, 2022 8:30 pm EDT
The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini -29.5 / Bethune-Cookman Wildcats +29.5; Over/Under: +144.5
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The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats and Illinois Fighting Illini meet Thursday in college basketball action at the State Farm Center. The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats look for their fifth win. The Illinois Fighting Illini look for their ninth win.

The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats are averaging 67.6 points on 42.9 percent shooting and allowing 76.8 points on 45 percent shooting. Marcus Garrett is averaging 14 points and 4.8 rebounds, while Zion Harmon is averaging 13 points and 3.1 assists. Kevin Davis is dishing 1.4 assists and Joe French is grabbing 2.4 rebounds. The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats are shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 72.2 percent from the free throw line. The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.4 rebounds per game.

The Illinois Fighting Illini are averaging 77.5 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allowing 64.7 points on 40.2 percent shooting. Terrence Shannon Jr. is averaging 18.2 points and 5.6 rebounds, while Matthew Mayer is averaging 9.8 points and 4.3 rebounds. Jayden Epps is dishing 1.3 assists and Dain Dainja is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The Illinois Fighting Illini are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 65.2 percent from the free throw line. The Illinois Fighting Illini are allowing 33.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.5 rebounds per game.

The Wildcats are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games. The Fighting Illini are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 20-8 in Wildcats last 28 overall. The under is 9-3 in Fighting Illini last 12 home games.

The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats enter this contest in terrible shape, and now they go on the road, where they’re losing by an average of 28.5 points. The Illinois Fighting Illini are head and shoulders the more talented team here, and they win at home by an average of 24.9 points. A massive number, but it’s nothing Illinois shouldn’t be able to handle.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick: Illinois Fighting Illini -29.5

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