Northwestern at Illinois: 2/16/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions
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Illinois Fighting Illini (14-5) vs Northwestern Wildcats (6-12)
Game Info: Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 9:00 pm (State Farm Center)
Betting Odds: Illinois Fighting Illini -13 -- Over/Under: 145.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Northwestern Wildcats and Illinois Fighting Illini face off on Tuesday in a college basketball showdown at the State Farm Center.
The Northwestern Wildcats come into this game with a 6-12 record overall and after a hot start to the season they are really struggling having lost ten games in a row. During the ten game losing streak, Northwestern has only covered two spreads. Over the last five games. Northwestern is averaging 66 points per game while their defense is giving up 72.6 points Northwestern is shooting 42.2 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from behind the three point line. In this game, Northwestern needs the offense to find a way to get going. Chase Audige has been the best player for Northwestern averaging 12.8 points while shooting 40 percent from the field.
On the other side of this matchup is the Illinois Fighting Illini who sit with a 14-5 record overall and they have won five games in a row. Even with all the success, Illinois had issues in their last game against Nebraska. It took overtime, and going forward, Illinois is going to need to play better. The offense really struggled in the first half of the last game. Overall this season, Illinois is averaging 81.6 points per game while their defense is giving up 69 points per game.Illinois is shooting 50.2 percent from the field and 39 percent from behind the three point line. Ayo Dosunmu has been a star for Illinois averaging 21.7 points while shooting 48.9 percent from the field and 40.3 percent from behind the three point line.
Northwestern is 2-8-1 against the spread in their last 11 games overall. The under is 7-2-1 in Illinois last 10 games overall. Illinois is 5-2-1 against the spread in their last eight home games. Northwestern is 1-11 against the spread in their last 12 games against Illinois.
Northwestern is struggling and there is no reason to believe they are going to turn it around this game. Look for Illinois to run up the score, Northwestern is going to have no chance to keep this game close, and Illinois will cover this spread.