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Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Miami Hurricanes - 12/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Miami Hurricanes at Illinois Fighting Illini
Date & Time Monday December 2, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
State Farm Center
Champaign, IL
The Line
ILL -370, ILL -8
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Jacob Snow-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Hurricanes head to Champaign, IL on Monday for a game against the Illinois Fighting Illini in a game in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.  In their last game, Miami was defeated by the UConn by the score of 80-55.  Dejan Vasiljevic led the Hurricanes in points with 11 while shooting 5 of 9 from the field in the game.  Sam Waardenburg was Miami’s leading rebounder as he recorded 5 on the night including 2 offensively.  Kameron McGusty led the Hurricanes in assists in their game against UConn as he recorded 4 while playing a total of 28 minutes in the game. 

After the loss to UConn, Miami is now 4-3 on the year and have recorded a 1-0 record while playing on the road.  Dejan Vasiljevic leads Miami in points per game this season as he has averaged 13.9 per game.  Rodney Miller Jr. has been the leading rebounder for the Hurricanes as he has averaged 5.7 per game.  Harlond Beverly has been the leader in assists per game for Miami as he has recorded 2.6 per game so far this season. 

The Illinois Fighting Illini welcome the Miami Hurricanes to town after winning their last game by the score of 117-65 against Division II Lindenwood University.  Ayo Dosunmu lead the Fighting Illini in points with 24 while shooting 8 of 12 from the field and 6 of 9 from the free throw line.  Kofi Cockburn led Illinois in rebounds in the game with 8, with 3 coming offensively.  Andres Feliz led Illinois in assists with 9 in the game against Lindenwood, while playing a total of 26 minutes. 

With the win against Lindenwood, Illinois is now 6-1 on the season and currently has a record of 5-0 at home.  Ayo Dosunmu leads Illinois in points per game on the season as he has averaged 16.3 points per game.  Kofi Cockburn has been the leading rebounder for Illinois so far this year as he has averaged 12 rebounds per game which includes 4.6 offensive rebounds per game.  Andres Feliz has been the leader in assists per game so far this year for the Fighting Illini as he has recorded 4.4 assists per game. 

Miami has scored 70.6 points per game while allowing an average of 71 points per game.  Illinois has scored 88.3 points per game while allowing 68.1 points per game.  Miami has lost 2 games in a row, while Illinois has now won 4 games in a row.  I will be going with Illinois in this one as their offense has been much better than Miami’s so far this season and I don’t think the Hurricanes will be able to keep up with the Fighting Illini.  Illinois wins 85-75 and covers the spread. 

Pick:
ILL -370, ILL -8
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