Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Louis Brown Athletic Center
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The Illinois Fighting Illini travel to Louis Brown Athletic Center to play the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. The opening line for this game has Illinois as 6.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 146.
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The Fighting Illini come into this game with an overall record of 10-12 and a road record of 1-4. They are 9-10 against the spread and their over/under record is 10-9. The Scarlet Knights have an overall record of 6-16 and a home record of 6-7. They have an over/under record of 9-7 and they are 7-9 against the spread.
Malcolm Hill comes into this contest averaging 18.5 points per game while playing 34.9 minutes per night so far this season for the Fighting Illini. He pulls down 5.8 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.2 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage is currently at 82%. Kendrick Nunn averages 17.8 points per game in 35.2 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.8 assists per contest and 5.2 rebounds per game for Illinois. His field goal percentage is 45% for the year while his free throw percentage is 76%.
Corey Sanders averages 14.2 points per game while playing 32.6 minutes per contest this year for the Scarlet Knights. He grabs 3 rebounds per game and has 3.8 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 41% and his free throw percentage currently is at 75%. DeShawn Freeman averages 13.1 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 28.1 minutes per contest. He also averages 5.3 rebounds per contest and 1.3 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 54% and his free throw percentage is 67%.
Illinois averages 72.9 points per contest this season which ranks them 165th in the nation. Their average scoring margin is -2.2 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a team which has them ranked 196th. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 112th in the country. They average 31.9 rebounds per game and 13.6 assists per game which ranks them 322nd and 142nd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 10th with 10.1 per game. The Fighting Illini allow 75.1 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 242nd in the nation. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 38% average from behind the arc ranking them 293rd and 320th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 37.4 rebounds a game which ranks 242nd and they give up 14.6 assists per contest which puts them in 271st place in the country. They force 13.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 119th in the Division 1.
Rutgers averages 66.9 points per game this year which ranks them 288th in Division 1 college basketball. Their average scoring margin is -12.4 and their shooting percentage is 41% as a team which has them sitting in the 286th spot in the country. Behind the arc they shoot 31% which is good for 302nd in the nation. They average 34.3 rebounds per game and 11.2 assists per contest which ranks them 254th and 301st respectively. In the turnover department the Scarlet Knights rank 179th with 13 per game. The Scarlet Knights allow 79.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 309th in the country. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 267th and 221st in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 41.8 rebounds a game which ranks 342nd and they give up 15.1 assists per contest which puts them in 294th place in the nation. The Scarlet Knights force 11.5 turnovers per game which ranks them 289th in college basketball.
The Fighting Illini average 71.5 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 64.7 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -4.2 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is -2.7 per contest. The Fighting Illini have an offensive rating of 103.1 and they assist on 54% of their shots. In terms of pace they average 69.9 possessions per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 50%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they shoot 3 pointers on 38% of their shots. Illinois turns the ball over an average of 13.1 times per 100 possessions and they get a steal on 7.5% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 46% while their offensive rebound percentage is 21.4%. The Fighting Illini give up 75.6 points per game on the road this season and they have surrendered 67.3 points per contest in their last 3 games.
The Scarlet Knights score 71.3 ppg at home and they have averaged 65 points per contest in their last 3 games.They have an average scoring differential of -19.7 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of -6.6 points per game. The Scarlet Knights have a rating on offense of 94.2 and 46.9% of their shots are assisted. They possess the ball 71.2 times per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage for the year is 46%. As an offensive unit they have a true shooting percentage of 50% and they attempt 3 pointers on 27% of their shots. Rutgers turns it over an average of 16.5 times per 100 possessions and they steal the ball on 8.2% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 45.8% while their offensive rebound percentage for the season is 26.2%. The Scarlet Knights give up 77.9 points per contest at home this year and they have given up 84.7 points per game in their past 3 contests.
Illinois Fighting Illini Betting Trends
The Illinois Fighting Illini are 9-10 against the spread
The Illinois Fighting Illini are 10-9 against the over/under
Rutgers Scarlet Knights Betting Trends
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are 7-9 against the spread
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are 9-7 against the over/under
Illinois Fighting Illini Injuries
12/20/15 F Leron Black Knee out indefinitely
11/14/15 G Tracy Abrams Achilles out for season
02/02/16 G Kendrick Nunn Hip "?" Wednesday vs. Rutgers
02/01/16 F Michael Finke Knee injured last game, "?" Wednesday vs. Rutgers
01/31/16 F Mike Thorne Jr. Knee "?" Wednesday vs. Rutgers
Rutgers Scarlet Knights Injuries
12/19/15 C Shaquille Doorson Foot out for season
12/19/15 F Ibrahima Diallo Foot out for season
12/11/15 F DeShawn Freeman Knee out for season
Tony's Pick: Take Illinois
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