Illinois vs. Miami - 12/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Illinois vs. Miami - 12/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Hurricanes (4-3) at Illinois Fighting Illini (6-1)

College Basketball: Monday, December 2, 2019 at 7:00 pm (State Farm Center)

The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini -8 -- Over/Under: 145.5

TV: ESPN2

The Miami Hurricanes and the Illinois Fighting Illini meet in college basketball action from State Farm Center on Monday. 

Miami comes in here at 4-3 overall. The Hurricanes have wins over FL Atlantic, UCF, Quinnipiac and Missouri State alongside losses to Louisville, Florida and Connecticut. 

In the loss to the Huskies, Miami’s Dejan Vasiljevic put up 11 points with three rebounds. The only other Hurricanes player in double-figures there was Rodney Miller with 10 points and one board. 

Over on the Illinois side, they’re 6-1 this year. The Illini have a loss to Arizona, but otherwise they’ve taken care of Nicholls State, Grand Canyon, Hawaii, the Citadel, Hampton and Lindenwood. 

In the win over Lindenwood, Illinois’ Ayo Dosunmu led the way on 24 points and five rebounds. Da’Monte Williams added 18 points and five rebounds, and Trent Frazier had 17 points there. 

Miami is 4-10 ATS in their last 14 non-conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last five versus the Big Ten. The Hurricanes are 1-7 ATS in their last eight road games and the over is 4-1 in their last five versus the Big Ten. 

Meanwhile, the Illini are 6-2 ATS in their last eight Monday games and the under is 5-1 in their last six Monday games. The over is 12-5 in Illinois’ last 17 games after a straight-up win and 7-3 in their last 10 home games. 

Miami couldn’t get much going against Connecticut, falling behind 36-27 at halftime. Things didn’t get much better from there as the Hurricanes put up just 28 points in the second. That makes just 113 points across Miami’s last two games. 

As for Illinois, they’ve put up some pretty impressive performances against lesser competition, but here’s where their schedule starts getting tougher. If the Illini can keep the offense going I can see them winning here, but the spread is just a little thick so I'm going Miami. 

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Andrew’s Pick Miami Hurricanes +8

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