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Illinois vs. Indiana - 3/7/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Indiana at Illinois
Date & Time Thursday March 7, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
State Farm Center
Champaign, IL
The Line
Illinois Fighting Illini -2.5 -- O/U: 141
TV Channel
FS-1
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The Indiana Hoosiers and the Illinois Fighting Illini meet in Big Ten college basketball action from the State Farm Center on Thursday night.

The Indiana Hoosiers will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 63-62 win over Michigan State last time out. Justin Smith led the Hoosiers with 24 points on 9 of 19 shooting with 3 threes while Devonte Green added 13 points with 3 threes and 4 assists as the only other Indiana player in double figures scoring in the win. Juwan Morgan added 7 points with a team-high 11 rebounds, 3 steals and 4 assists while Rob Phinisee matched his 5 points with a team-high 5 assists as well in the winning effort. Romeo Langford added 9 points with a pair of steals but still leads Indiana in scoring with 16.9 points per game while Morgan leads the Hoosiers in rebounding with 8.3 rebounds per game and Phinisee leads Indiana in assists with 2.7 assists per game this season. As a team, Indiana is averaging 70.1 points per game on 45.4% shooting from the field, 31.1% from behind the arc and 65.3% from the foul line this season.

The Illinois Fighting Illini will look to build some steam after snapping a 3-game losing streak with an 81-76 win over Northwestern in their last outing. Andres Feliz led the Illini with 26 points on 5 of 9 shooting with a 16 of 17 mark from the foul line along with 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Giorgi Bezhanishvili and Ayo Dosunmu each had 12 points with Bezhanishvili adding 7 rebounds and a pair of blocks while Dosunmu added 3 triples, 5 rebounds and a team-high 5 assists. Trent Frazier added 11 points with 5 assists of his own to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Illinois in the win. Aaron Jordan chipped in a team-high 10 rebounds as well in the victory for the Fighting Illini. Dosunmu leads Illinois with an average of 14 points and 3.2 assists per game while Bezhanishvili leads the Fighting Illini in rebounding with 5.2 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Illinois is averaging 73.5 points per game on 42.9% shooting from the field, 33.9% from behind the arc and 70.4% from the foul line this season.

Indiana is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. Illinois is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 home games. Indiana is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams and 4-0-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams at Illinois.

I definitely understand Illinois being favored here, as the Illini have stepped up their play lately and are at home against an Indiana team in a letdown spot after such a big win against Michigan State. However, I think Indiana might be starting to turn things around a bit after picking up consecutive wins, and I just think the Hoosiers will at the worst keep this one close down to the wire if not win outright on the road so I’ll take a shot with the free bucket and the Hoosiers in this one.

Pick:
Indiana +2.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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