Illinois Fighting Illini vs Iowa Hawkeyes Prediction, 12/6/2021 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Illinois Fighting Illini vs Iowa Hawkeyes
Date: Monday, December 6, 2021
Location: Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, IA
The Iowa Hawkeyes (7-1) will take on the Illinois Fighting Illini (6-2) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Monday.
The Illinois Fighting Illini faced off with Rutgers and took home the win by a score of 86-51 in their last contest. Illinois walked away from the game with a 48.5% FG percentage (32 out of 66) and knocked down 12 out of their 33 3-point shots. From the free throw line, the Fighting Illini knocked down 10 of 11 attempts for a percentage of 90.9%. In relation to grabbing boards, they collected 45 with 12 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 19 assists for this game as well as forcing the other team into 13 turnovers and earning 8 steals. In terms of defense, Illinois allowed the other team to go 30.9% from the floor on 21 of 68 shooting. Rutgers doled out 14 dimes and had 5 steals in this matchup. Furthermore, Rutgers pulled down 27 rebounds (11 offensive, 16 defensive), but wasn't able to put a block in the stat sheet. Rutgers ended up going 50.0% at the charity stripe by burying 2 of their 4 attempts. They also buried 7 of 17 shots from three-point range. In regard to personal fouls, the Fighting Illini finished with 10 while Rutgers accumulated 15 personal fouls.
Alfonso Plummer is one guy who was a factor for the game. He ended up going 53.3% from the floor and also distributed 1 assist. He played 31 minutes and snagged 3 boards. He ended up finishing with 24 points on 8 of 15 shooting.
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Illinois will enter this matchup with a mark of 6-2 on the season. They have an average of 76.8 pts per game (102nd in the nation) on 45.9% from the field. The Fighting Illini are hitting 35.0% on shots from beyond the arc (69 of 197) and 69.7% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Illinois is pulling down 42.5 boards per game and has accumulated 132 assists for the year, which ranks 63rd in D-1 in terms of passing. They turn it over 15.6 times per contest and as a group they commit 16.6 fouls every game.
When they are on the defensive end, the Fighting Illini are forcing 12.3 turnovers every game while drawing 20.4 fouls. They relinquish 32.0% on shots from downtown and they are ranked 97th in D-1 in PPG allowed (63.8). The Fighting Illini defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 39.0% (186 of 477) and they relinquish 30.1 boards per game as a team. They are 33rd in the country in allowing assists to the opposition with 73 surrendered on the year.
When they last stepped on the court, the Iowa Hawkeyes took a defeat with a final score of 77-70 against Purdue. In reference to how they attacked the glass, Iowa permitted Purdue to snag 40 overall (8 on the offensive glass). They finished the game shooting 42.1% from 3-point land by shooting 8 out of 19 and ended up shooting 27 of 37 from the free throw line (73.0%). The Hawkeyes permitted Purdue to bury 21 of their 50 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 42.0% for this contest. When all was said and done, the Hawkeyes went 25 out of 62 from the floor which had them at 40.3%. When talking about 3-point attempts, Iowa converted 5 out of their 21 attempts (23.8%). They were able to convert 15 of them for a clip of 68.2%. Purdue earned 18 fouls for this game which got the Hawkeyes to the charity stripe for a total of 22 attempts. They gave up possession 9 times, while getting 6 steals for the contest. The Hawkeyes were able to collect 22 defensive boards and 5 offensive boards for a total of 27 for the contest.
Tony Perkins ended up being a factor for the Hawkeyes in this game. He tallied 14 points in his 23 minutes of playing time and had 1 assist in this contest. He knocked down 5 out of 11 in this game for a field goal rate of 45.5%, and tallied 2 rebounds.
Iowa has a win-loss record of 7-1 for the season. The Hawkeyes are committing 14.9 fouls per game and they hit 79.4% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 18.0 times per contest (16th in college basketball) and they turn the ball over 8.4 times per contest. Iowa has scored 728 points so far this year (91.0 per contest) and they average 38.8 rebounds per contest. When it comes to offensive execution, the Hawkeyes are hitting on 49.2% from the floor, which ranks 27th in college basketball.
The Iowa defense allows 32.2% from downtown (59 of 183) and their opposition knocks down 72.2% of their free throw attempts. They allow 13.9 assists and 33.9 boards every game, which has them ranked 275th and 150th in those defensive categories. The Hawkeyes defensively are ranked 177th in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 68.0. They are able to force 15.9 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 41.6% from the field (148th in college basketball).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Iowa
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