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Minnesota vs. Illinois - 1/30/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Illinois at Minnesota
Date & Time Wednesday January 30, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
Williams Arena
Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Line
The Line: Minnesota -7 -- Over/Under: 150
TV Channel
BTN
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The Illinois Fighting Illini and Minnesota Golden Gophers meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Williams Arena.

The Illinois Fighting Illini could use a win here after losing six of their last eight games. The Illinois Fighting Illini are averaging 73.7 points on 42.9 percent shooting and allowing 74.8 points on 47.1 percent shooting. Ayo Dosunmu is averaging 14.2 points and 3.2 assists while Trent Frazier is averaging 13.9 points and 2.9 assists. Giorgi Bezhanishvili is the third double-digit scorer and Aaron Jordan is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Illinois Fighting Illini are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 69.8 percent from the free throw line. The Illinois Fighting Illini are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.8 rebounds per game. The Illinois Fighting Illini have lost their last five road games.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers also need a win after splitting their last six games. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are averaging 74.4 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 69.9 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Amir Coffey is averaging 15.8 points and three assists while Jordan Murphy is averaging 15.1 points and 12 rebounds. Dupree McBrayer is the third double-digit scorer and Daniel Oturu is grabbing 7.2 rebounds. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are shooting 32 percent from beyond the arc and 67.4 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.8 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have won eight of their last nine home games.

The Fighting Illini are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win, 1-7 ATS in their last 8 Wednesday games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win. The Golden Gophers are 8-17 ATS in their last 25 vs. Big Ten, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games and 14-29 ATS in their last 43 games overall. The Fighting Illini are 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings in Minnesota and 21-9 ATS in the last 30 meetings. The under is 60-27 in Fighting Illini last 87 road games. The over is 4-1 in Fighting Illini last 5 overall.

The Illinois Fighting Illini lit Minnesota on fire a couple of weeks ago, scoring 95 points and cruising to a 27-point victory. The difference here is that Illinois is not a good road team, as it's allowing over 50 percent shooting and being outscored by an average of 10.2 points. The Minnesota Golden Gophers shoot 48.2 percent from the field at home and win games by an average of 10.2 points. Six of Minnesota's nine covers this season have come at home. You also know the Golden Gophers have been looking forward to this game with the way they were embarrassed by this same club two weeks ago. I'll lay the reasonable number with the Gophers at The Barn.  

Pick:
Minnesota -7

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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