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Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Michigan Wolverines - 12/11/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Michigan Wolverines at Illinois Fighting Illini
Date & Time Wednesday December 11, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
State Farm Center
Champaign, IL
The Line
Michigan Wolverines -1.0 . Total 142.5
TV Channel
BTN
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Mike Granse-USA TODAY Sports

The 5th ranked Michigan Wolverines are on the road for a battle with the Illinois Fighting Illini.  The Wolverines are (8-1), coming off a 103-91 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes.  The Fighting Illini are (6-3), after falling to Maryland, 59-58.

In the Wolverines win over Iowa, Michigan was led on offense by Franz Wagner.  Wagner connected on 4 of 10 attempts from the floor, while making 9of 10 fro the foul line, totaling 18 points.  The Wolverines shot 55% from the floor and 42% from 3-point range.  The Wolverines out scored the Hawkeyes, 29 to 18 from the foul line.  Michigan saw its largest lead at 16 points.

In the Fighting Illini loss to Maryland, Illinois was guided on offense by Trent Frazier.  Frazier converted on 3 of 7 attempts from the floor, making 5 of 6 from the foul line, registering13 points.  Illinois led by 14 points at the half and really led all the way until the final seconds of the game.  The Fighting Illini shot 39% from the floor and 21% from 3-point range.  Illinois only made three 3-point shots, while Maryland made 8.

Recent Betting Trends:

Wolverines are 5- ATS in their last 6 games.

Wolverines are 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 games against Illinois.

The over is 4-2 in Wolverines last 6 road games.

Fighting Illini are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games in December.

Fighting Illini are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games at home.

The over is 8-3 in Fighting Illini's last 11 games against Michigan.

The Wolverines have played just 1 game away from home, which was a 15 point loss to Louisville.  Michigan has had a gauntlet of a schedule, with wins over: Creighton, Iowa State, UNC, Gonzaga, and Iowa.  The Fighting Illini have losses to: Miami, Arizona, and the recent loss to Maryland.  Illinois doesn't really have a big resume boosting win.  The Fighting Illini's best win thus far, was a road win at Grand Canyon.  Michigan has played a tougher schedule then Illinois and no how to close out games.  Illinois struggled to close out a win against a top 5 team and ended up falling int he game.  Illinois should do a good job in drawing a huge crowd for this matchup, but in the end Michigan will get the win.  Final score prediction, Michigan will win and cover, 73-67.   

Pick:
MICH -1.0
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