Sunday, February 26, 2017
Bob Devaney Sports Center
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The Illinois Fighting Illini head to Bob Devaney Sports Center to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Sunday, February 26, 2017. The opening line for this game has Nebraska as 3.5 point favorites.
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The Fighting Illini come into this game with an overall record of 16-12 and a road record of 2-5. They are 11-14 against the spread and their over/under record is 10-16. The Cornhuskers have an overall record of 12-15 and a home record of 8-6. They have an over/under record of 11-13 and they are 13-12 against the spread.
Malcolm Hill comes into this contest averaging 17 points per game while playing 32.8 minutes per night so far this season for the Fighting Illini. He pulls down 5.6 rebounds per game and dishes out 2.9 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage is currently at 79%. Maverick Morgan averages 10 points per game in 24.6 minutes per contest this season. He averages 0.7 assists per contest and 4.4 rebounds per game for Illinois. His field goal percentage is 56% for the year while his free throw percentage is 67%.
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Tai Webster averages 17.8 points per game while playing 34.9 minutes per contest this year for the Cornhuskers. He grabs 5 rebounds per game and has 4 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage currently is at 74%. Glynn Watson Jr. averages 13.7 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 31.2 minutes per contest. He also averages 3 rebounds per contest and 2.7 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is 80%.
Illinois averages 71.3 points per contest this season which ranks them 211th in the nation. Their average scoring margin is 0.7 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them ranked 150th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 172nd in the country. They average 35.2 rebounds per game and 12.8 assists per game which ranks them 190th and 220th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 148th with 13 per game. The Fighting Illini allow 70.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 122nd in the nation. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 166th and 142nd in those defensive categories. Opponents average 32.9 rebounds a game which ranks 57th and they give up 11.8 assists per contest which puts them in 61st place in the country. They force 12.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 246th in Division 1.
Nebraska averages 70.9 points per game this year which ranks them 220th in Division 1 college basketball. Their average scoring margin is -2 and their shooting percentage is 42% as a team which has them sitting in the 280th spot in the country. Behind the arc they shoot 33% which is good for 280th in the nation. They average 38.4 rebounds per game and 11.5 assists per contest which ranks them 43rd and 284th respectively. In the turnover department the Cornhuskers rank 147th with 12.9 per game. The Cornhuskers allow 72.9 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 185th in the country. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 40% average from behind the arc ranking them 175th and 341st in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 37 rebounds a game which ranks 252nd and they give up 12.9 assists per contest which puts them in 139th place in the nation. The Cornhuskers force 13.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 128th in college basketball.
The Fighting Illini average 66.8 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 -6.7 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is 2.3 per contest. The Fighting Illini have an offensive rating of 104.5 and they assist on 51.1% of their shots. In terms of pace they average 69.3 possessions per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 51%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they shoot 3 pointers on 35% of their shots. Illinois turns the ball over an average of 16.1 times per 100 possessions and they get a steal on 7.4% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 51.9% while their offensive rebound percentage is 30%. The Fighting Illini give up 73.4 points per game on the road this season and they have surrendered 66.3 points per contest in their last 3 games.
The Cornhuskers score 72.8 ppg at home and they have averaged 70.7 points per contest in their last 3 games.They have an average scoring differential of 0.3 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 2.2 points per game. The Cornhuskers have a rating on offense of 101 and 45.4% of their shots are assisted. They possess the ball 69.2 times per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage for the year is 47%. As an offensive unit they have a true shooting percentage of 51% and they attempt 3 pointers on 30% of their shots. Nebraska turns it over an average of 15.9 times per 100 possessions and they steal the ball on 9.8% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 51.5% while their offensive rebound percentage for the season is 33.7%. The Cornhuskers give up 70.6 points per contest at home this year and they have given up 70.3 points per game in their past 3 contests.
Illinois Fighting Illini Betting Trends
The Illinois Fighting Illini are 11-14 against the spread
The Illinois Fighting Illini are 10-16 against the over/under
Nebraska Cornhuskers Betting Trends
The Nebraska Cornhuskers are 13-12 against the spread
The Nebraska Cornhuskers are 11-13 against the over/under
Illinois Fighting Illini Injuries
01/12/17 G D.J. Williams Personal out indefinitely
Nebraska Cornhuskers Injuries
12/28/16 G Anton Gill Knee out for season
11/12/16 G James Palmer Eligibility out for season
Tony's Pick: Take Illinois +3.5
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