Skip to main content

Illinois vs. Nebraska - 2/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Nebraska at Illinois
Date & Time Saturday February 2, 2019, 2:15 PM (EST)
Location
State Farm Center
Champaign, IL
The Line
Nebraska Cornhuskers -4.5 -- Over/Under: 147
TV Channel
BTN
Stream College Basketball all season on ESPN+. Start your 7-day FREE trial today!
Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

The Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Illinois Fighting Illini meet in Big Ten conference college basketball action from the State Farm Center on Saturday afternoon.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers come into this game looking to snap a 4-game losing streak after a 62-51 loss to Wisconsin in their last outing. Isaiah Roby led the team with 18 points along with 9 rebounds and 3 assists while James Palmer Jr. added 14 points and Thomas Allen chipped in 10 points to round off the trio of double-digit scorers for Nebraska in the win. Thorir Thorbjarnarson added a game-high 10 rebounds as well in the victory. Palmer Jr. leads Nebraska in scoring with 19.1 points per game while Roby leads the Cornhuskers in rebounding with 6.8 rebounds per game and Glynn Watson Jr. leads Nebraska in assists with 3.5 helpers per game this season. As a team, Nebraska is averaging 75.1 points per game on 44.8% shooting from the field, 35% from 3-point range and 72.1% from the foul line this season.

The Illinois Fighting Illini come into this game looking to bounce back after an 86-75 loss to Minnesota in their last outing. Trent Frazier led the Illini with 30 points on 10 of 14 shooting with 5 threes while Andres Feliz added 11 points and Tevian Jones chipped in 10 points to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Illinois in the losing effort. Ayo Dosunmu added 6 points to match his team-high 6 rebounds along with 4 assists as well in the loss. Frazier leads Illinois in scoring with 14.8 points per game while Dosunmu leads the Fighting Illini in assists with 3.2 assists per game and Giorgi Bezhanishvili leads Illinois on the glass with 4.9 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Illinois is averaging 73.8 points per game on 42.9% shooting from the field, 34.2% from behind the 3-point line and 69.9% from the foul line this season.

Nebraska is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 road games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 conference games. Illinois is 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games following a loss and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. The under is 4-0-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

The thought of having to lay points with Nebraska on the road during this losing skid just gives me a stomach ache, but I truly think that goes to speak to how bad Illinois has been this season. The Illini are still 5-4 SU at home this season, and are probably starting to gain confidence after finally getting out of last place in the Big Ten, but Illinois is still being outscored by 10.3 points in their losses this season. Nebraska’s already beat Illinois by 15 points this season, and while I’m not sure it’s that wide of a margin here, I still see the Cornhuskers snapping out of their funk with a win and cover so I’ll begrudgingly lay the points.

Pick:
Nebraska -4.5

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.

Top 10 Sport Sites