Illinois vs Southern Prediction Basketball Picks 11-19-23

Illinois vs Southern Prediction Basketball Picks 11-19-23 player photo
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The Southern Jaguars and Illinois Fighting Illini meet Sunday in college basketball action at the State Farm Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.

Southern Jaguars Betting Preview 

The Southern Jaguars need a win after a 1-3 start. The Southern Jaguars are coming off an overtime loss to Western Illinois. The Southern Jaguars are averaging 74.8 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 91 points on 53.8 percent shooting. Tai'Reon Joseph is averaging 20.5 points and 2.8 rebounds, while Brandon Davis is averaging 10.5 points and 3.8 rebounds. JaRonn Wilkins is grabbing 4 rebounds and Tidjiane Dioumassi is grabbing 3 rebounds. The Southern Jaguars are shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 60 percent from the free throw line. The Southern Jaguars are allowing 7.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 26.8 rebounds per game.

Illinois Fighting Illini Betting Preview

The Illinois Fighting Illini look to build on their 3-1 start. The Illinois Fighting Illini just blew out Valparaiso on Friday. The Illinois Fighting Illini are averaging 73.8 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 60 points on 34.5 percent shooting. Terrence Shannon Jr. is averaging 18.5 points and 4 rebounds, while Marcus Domask is averaging 9.5 points and 4 rebounds. Luke Goode is dishing 0.3 assists and Dan Dainja is grabbing 5 rebounds. The Illinois Fighting Illini are shooting 31.2 percent from beyond the arc and 56.6 percent from the free throw line. The Illinois Fighting Illini are allowing 28.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43 rebounds per game.

Randy’s Pick

The Illinois Fighting Illini are the more talented team, obviously, and capable of blowing the doors off here. However, Illinois is also 0-4 ATS on the season and has gone through offensive droughts here and there. It's also fair to say that the Southern Jaguars will be the motivated side for this game, as they don't get these chances often. I'll take a shot with Southern and the boatload of points.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick:Southern Jaguars +24.5