Illinois Fighting Illini vs Baylor Bears Prediction, 12/2/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Illinois Fighting Illini vs Baylor Bears
Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Illinois (+4.5)
Bankers Life Fieldhouse is the site where and the Baylor Bears (2-0) will play the Illinois Fighting Illini (3-0) on Wednesday. The odds on this matchup have Baylor as 4.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 142.
Illinois comes into this one with a record of 3-0 on the year. The Fighting Illini are hitting 46.9% on 3-point shots (30 of 64) and 69.4% from the free throw line. They are averaging 98.7 points per outing (12th in D-1) while shooting 56.0% from the floor. They turn it over 16.3 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 15.3 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Illinois is pulling down 54.0 boards per game and has accumulated 61 dimes for the campaign, which is 6th in the nation in terms of passing the rock. On defense, the Fighting Illini are forcing their opponents into 11.7 turnovers per contest while drawing 20.3 personal fouls. They currently rank 267th in college hoops in allowing assists with 32 relinquished on the season. The Fighting Illini defense is allowing a FG percentage of 37.2% (68 of 183) and they relinquish 17.7 boards per game as a team. They surrender 29.0% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 125th in college basketball in PPG allowed (57.7).
The Illinois Fighting Illini played the Ohio Bobcats and earned the victory with a final of 77-75 in their last contest. Illinois ended having earned a 48.3% FG percentage (28 out of 58) and converted 6 out of their 15 shots from beyond the arc. At the free throw line, the Fighting Illini converted 15 of 24 attempts for a rate of 62.5%. In regard to grabbing boards, they earned 42 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 14 assists in this matchup as well as getting 3 steals and 2 blocks. Pertaining to the defense, Illinois allowed the other team to shoot 48.3% from the field on 28 out of 58. Ohio distributed 16 assists and 10 steals in this matchup. Moreover, the Bobcats grabbed 22 rebounds (3 offensive, 19 defensive) and added 2 blocked shots. Ohio finished the contest at 44.4% when shooting free throws by knocking down 4 of their 9 shots. They also knocked down 9 out of their 19 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Ayo Dosunmu is one player who played a role for this game. He ended up scoring 27 points on 10 of 21 shooting. He played 38 mins played and also collected 7 boards. Dosunmu shot 47.6% from the floor and recorded 8 dimes. Someone else that had an impact in the game for the Fighting Illini was Trent Frazier. He snagged 3 rebounds and also collected 3 dimes. He walked away from this one shooting 66.7% from the floor in this matchup by going 2-of-3 (8 points). In all, Frazier was on the court for 35 min.
Baylor has a mark of 2-0 for the year. As an offense, the Bears are connecting on 53.7% from the floor, which ranks them 113th in the nation. Baylor has totaled 198 pts this year (99.0 per game) and they grab 45.5 rebounds per game. Their rate of earning assists is at 23.0 times per game (10th in D-1) and they turn the ball over 13.0 times per contest. The Bears commit 14.5 fouls every game and they hit 50.0% from the free throw line. The Bears on defense are ranked 202nd in college hoops in points per game surrendered with 67.0. They concede 12.0 assists and 24.0 boards every game, which is 214th and 97th in college hoops. The Baylor defense gives up 25.6% on shots from beyond the perimeter (11 of 43) and their opposition makes 75.0% of their foul shots. They are forcing their opponents into 16.5 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 45.1% from the field (182nd in D-1).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Baylor Bears took home the win by a final score of 86-52 when they played the Washington Huskies. The Bears were able to corral 28 defensive rebounds and 20 offensive boards totaling 48 for the matchup. They also rejected 6 attempts while earning 3 steals for this contest. The Huskies were called for 14 personal fouls for the matchup which got the Bears to the charity stripe for a total of 11 shots. They were able to knock down 5 of the free throw tries for a clip of 45.5%. In terms of shots from 3-point land, Baylor buried 13 of 29 attempts (44.8%). When the final whistle blew, the Bears shot 34 for 67 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 50.7%. The Bears allowed the Huskies to bury 19 of 52 tries from the floor which had them sitting at 36.5% in the game. They finished 20.8% from downtown by shooting 5 of 24 and ended up shooting 9 of 12 from the free throw line (75.0%). When it comes to rebounding, Baylor permitted Washington to collect 15 overall (4 on the offensive glass).
Davion Mitchell played a lot for the Bears for this contest. He converted 2 of 8 for the contest giving him a field goal percentage of 25.0%, which had him finishing with 6 points. Mitchell snagged 4 rebounds in his 31 minutes and earned 7 dimes for this contest. Another guy that was important for Baylor was MaCio Teague. He left the arena with 15 points in his 29 minutes on the hardwood by way of 6 out of 12 from the floor for the matchup. Teague ended up shooting 50.0% from the floor and also earning 3 assists and 6 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Illinois (+4.5)
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