Illinois Fighting Illini vs Michigan Wolverines Prediction, 2/27/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Illinois Fighting Illini vs Michigan Wolverines
Date: Sunday, February 27, 2022
Location: Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, MI
The Michigan Wolverines (15-11) are hosting the Illinois Fighting Illini (19-8) at Crisler Center on Sunday.
The Illinois Fighting Illini stepped onto the hardwood against Ohio State and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 86-83 in their last contest. When discussing fouls, the Fighting Illini finished with 22 while Ohio State totaled 18 fouls. They also buried 6 of their 12 tries from 3-point range. Ohio State ended up going 81.3% from the free throw line by burying 26 of their 32 tries. Additionally, Ohio State grabbed 27 rebounds (4 offensive, 23 defensive), but finished the game with no rejections. Ohio State recorded 7 assists and had 3 steals in this game. Pertaining to the defense, Illinois let their opponent shoot 51.9% from the field on 27 of 52 shooting. They also dished out 15 assists in this game in addition to creating 11 turnovers and having 7 steals. With regard to pulling down rebounds, they earned 24 with 7 of them being offensive. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Fighting Illini buried 11 of their 17 tries for a percentage of 64.7%. Illinois walked away from the game having earned a 47.6% FG percentage (30 out of 63) and knocked down 12 out of their 25 three-point shots.
Alfonso Plummer is one guy who played a role in this game. He ended up scoring 26 points on 9 out of 15 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 29 minutes played and snagged 3 boards. He ended up going 60.0% from the field and totaled 2 dimes.
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Illinois enters this one with a win-loss record of 19-8 on the campaign. They are giving up possession 12.6 times per game and as a basketball team they are committing 16.5 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Illinois is grabbing 39.3 rebounds per game and has 422 dimes this year, which ranks 51st in Division 1 in terms of passing the rock. The Fighting Illini are shooting 36.4% on three-point attempts (251 of 690) and 70.7% from the free throw line. They average 76.3 points per outing (57th in D-1) while shooting 45.6% from the field.
Defensively, the Fighting Illini have forced 10.8 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.0 fouls. They rank 30th in D-1 in giving up assists to the opposition with 272 surrendered for the campaign. The Fighting Illini are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 41.0% (665 of 1,623) and they concede 32.4 rebounds per game as a unit. They are giving up 32.1% from beyond the arc and they are ranked 133rd in Division 1 in PPG from their opponents (67.4).
When they last stepped on the court, the Michigan Wolverines got the win with a final of 71-62 when they played Rutgers. In reference to attacking the glass, Michigan permitted Rutgers to collect 27 overall (4 on the offensive side). They finished shooting 16.7% from three-point range via 2 of 12 and ended up going 6 of 7 at the free throw line (85.7%). The Wolverines permitted Rutgers to bury 27 out of 63 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 42.9% for the matchup. In all, the Wolverines went 27 for 58 from the floor which had them sitting at 46.6%. With respect to shooting from distance, Michigan knocked down 7 of their 22 attempts (31.8%). They were able to bury 10 of them for a rate of 100.0%. Rutgers was called for 11 personal fouls in this matchup which got the Wolverines to the free throw line for 10 shots. They gave up possession of the ball 12 times, while getting 2 steals in this matchup. The Wolverines were able to corral 29 defensive boards and 6 offensive rebounds totaling 35 for the game.
Caleb Houstan ended up being important for the Wolverines in the game. He earned 21 points in his 38 mins on the court and accounted for 1 assist in this game. He buried 6 of 12 for this game for a field goal rate of 50.0%, and accounted for 3 rebounds.
Michigan has a win-loss mark of 15-11 on the season. The Wolverines are responsible for committing 15.7 fouls per game and they hit 72.9% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 14.3 times per contest (102nd in Division 1) and they are turning it over 11.7 times per game. Michigan has earned 1,877 pts so far this year (72.2 per contest) and they grab 36.3 boards per contest. As an offense, the Wolverines are shooting 46.7% from the field, which ranks them 53rd in the nation.
The Wolverines defensively are ranked 164th in college hoops in PPG surrendered with 68.4. They are able to force 10.0 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 43.8% from the floor (220th in college basketball). The Michigan defense surrenders 30.4% on shots from 3-point land (159 of 523) and their opposition knocks down 74.2% of their shots from the free throw line. They have given up 10.5 assists and 30.1 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranks 38th and 15th in those categories on the defensive end.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Illinois
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