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Illinois vs Virginia 11/20/22 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

Virginia Cavaliers (3-0) vs. Illinois Fighting Illini (4-0)
November 20, 2022 3:00 pm EDT
The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini +1.5 / Virginia Cavaliers -1.5; Over/Under: +136
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The Illinois Fighting Illini and Virginia Cavaliers meet Sunday in college basketball action at the T-Mobile Arena. The Illinois Fighting Illini look for a 5-0 start. The Virginia Cavaliers look to remain undefeated. 

The Illinois Fighting Illini are averaging 88.8 points on 51.5 percent shooting and allowing 60 points on 36.3 percent shooting. Terrence Shannon Jr. is averaging 24.3 points and 7.5 rebounds, while Dain Dainja is averaging 16.3 points and 8 rebounds. Coleman Hawkins is the third double-digit scorer and Jayden Epps is grabbing 2 rebounds. The Illinois Fighting Illini are shooting 38.7 percent from beyond the arc and 65.3 percent from the free throw line. The Illinois Fighting Illini are allowing 28.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40 rebounds per game.

The Virginia Cavaliers are averaging 82.7 points on 51.4 percent shooting and allowing 60.7 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Armaan Franklin is averaging 18.3 points and 3.7 rebounds, while Kadin Shedrick is averaging 12 points and 1 assist. Ben Vander Plas is the third double-digit scorer and Reece Beekman is grabbing 2 rebounds. The Virginia Cavaliers are shooting 51.6 percent from beyond the arc and 72.2 percent from the free throw line. The Virginia Cavaliers are allowing 39.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 28.7 rebounds per game.

The Fighting Illini are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games and 1-10 ATS in their last 11 Sunday games. The Cavaliers are 13-28-2 ATS in their last 43 games following a ATS win. The under is 4-1 in Fighting Illini last 5 Sunday games. The over is 4-1 in Cavaliers last 5 overall.

You can make a case for either of these teams that are fresh off wins over top-10 teams. However, Illinois has shown a little more pep in its step at both ends of the floor and has a massive crowd presence in Vegas. The way Illinois dominated that second half against UCLA should have turned a lot of heads. Again, must watch game where either team can win, but I’m not leaving a free bucket on the table with Illinois.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick: Illinois Fighting Illini +1.5

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