Saturday, December 3, 2016
Stuart C. Siegel Center
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The Illinois Fighting Illini travel to Stuart C. Siegel Center to play the VCU Rams on Saturday, December 3, 2016. The opening line for this game has VCU as 6 point favorites.
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The Fighting Illini come into this game with an overall record of 5-3. They are 1-4 against the spread and their over/under record is 1-5. The Rams have an overall record of 6-1 and a home record of 3-0. They have an over/under record of 3-1 and they are 2-2 against the spread.
Malcolm Hill comes into this contest averaging 18.8 points per game while playing 31.8 minutes per night so far this season for the Fighting Illini. He pulls down 7.5 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.8 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 42% while his free throw percentage is currently at 80%. Leron Black averages 11.5 points per game in 21.5 minutes per contest this season. He averages 0.8 assists per contest and 8 rebounds per game for Illinois. His field goal percentage is 50% for the year while his free throw percentage is 77%.
JeQuan Lewis averages 15.7 points per game while playing 32.1 minutes per contest this year for the Rams. He grabs 2.9 rebounds per game and has 4.7 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 49% and his free throw percentage currently is at 85%. Jonathan Williams averages 10.3 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 26.2 minutes per contest. He also averages 2.5 rebounds per contest and 4 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 57% and his free throw percentage is 67%.
Illinois averages 76.4 points per contest this season which ranks them 100th in the nation. Their average scoring margin is 3 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them ranked 113th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 151st in the country. They average 35.9 rebounds per game and 11.7 assists per game which ranks them 170th and 258th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 273rd with 15.4 per game. The Fighting Illini allow 73.4 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 190th in the nation. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc ranking them 218th and 261st in those defensive categories. Opponents average 33.3 rebounds a game which ranks 72nd and they give up 11 assists per contest which puts them in 61st place in the country. They force 14.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 122nd in Division 1.
VCU averages 75.6 points per game this year which ranks them 110th in Division 1 college basketball. Their average scoring margin is 11.3 and their shooting percentage is 50% as a team which has them sitting in the 15th spot in the country. Behind the arc they shoot 39% which is good for 44th in the nation. They average 32.7 rebounds per game and 15.7 assists per contest which ranks them 286th and 58th respectively. In the turnover department the Rams rank 163rd with 13.6 per game. The Rams allow 64.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 41st in the country. They also allow a 43% shooting percentage and a 31% average from behind the arc ranking them 137th and 92nd in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 31.4 rebounds a game which ranks 26th and they give up 10 assists per contest which puts them in 28th place in the nation. The Rams force 16.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 40th in college basketball.
The Fighting Illini average 59 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 68.7 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -21.5 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is -9.7 per contest. The Fighting Illini have an offensive rating of 108.6 and they assist on 48.2% of their shots. In terms of pace they average 73.4 possessions per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 54%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 57% and they shoot 3 pointers on 37% of their shots. Illinois turns the ball over an average of 16.9 times per 100 possessions and they get a steal on 6.5% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 52.5% while their offensive rebound percentage is 30.1%. The Fighting Illini give up 80.5 points per game on the road this season and they have surrendered 78.3 points per contest in their last 3 games.
The Rams score 80.7 ppg at home and they have averaged 80.3 points per contest in their last 3 games.They have an average scoring differential of 9.3 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 21.7 points per game. The Rams have a rating on offense of 108.2 and 57% of their shots are assisted. They possess the ball 69.9 times per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage for the year is 56%. As an offensive unit they have a true shooting percentage of 59% and they attempt 3 pointers on 31% of their shots. VCU turns it over an average of 17.6 times per 100 possessions and they steal the ball on 13.1% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 51% while their offensive rebound percentage for the season is 25.8%. The Rams give up 59 points per contest at home this year and they have given up 71 points per game in their past 3 contests.
Illinois Fighting Illini Betting Trends
The Illinois Fighting Illini are 1-4 against the spread
The Illinois Fighting Illini are 1-5 against the over/under
VCU Rams Betting Trends
The VCU Rams are 2-2 against the spread
The VCU Rams are 3-1 against the over/under
Illinois Fighting Illini Injuries
11/10/16 F Kipper Nichols Eligibility eligible to return Dec. 17
VCU Rams Injuries
No key injuries to report
Guy's Pick: Take VCU -6
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