Nebraska at Illinois: 2/25/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions
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Illinois Fighting Illini (16-6) vs Nebraska Cornhuskers (5-16)
Game Info: Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 7:00 pm (State Farm Center)
Betting Odds: Illinois Fighting Illini -16 -- Over/Under: 145.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Nebraska Cornhuskers and Illinois Fighting Illini face off on Thursday in a college basketball showdown at the State Farm Center.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers come into this game with a 5-16 record overall and inside the Big Ten they have one win. Nebraska has lost four games in a row but in their last game against Penn State they almost pulled off the upset. Nebraska on the season is averaging 67.6 points per game while their defense is giving up 73.8 points per game. Nebraska is shooting 40.1 percent from the field and 32.6 percent from behind the three point line. Guard Teddy Allen has been the best player for Nebraska averaging 17.8 points while shooting 45.4 percent from the field and 38.6 percent from behind the three point line.
On the other side of this matchup is the Illinois Fighting Illini who sit with a 16-6 record overall but they are coming off a loss against Michigan State. The defense really struggled in the last game giving up 81 points to the Spartans and that led to a nine point defeat. Illinois on the season is averaging 81.3 points per game while their defense is giving up 69.1 points per game. Illinois is shooting 50.1 percent from the field and 38.9 percent from behind the three point line. Ayo Dosunmu has been the best players in all of college basketball and coming into this game he is averaging 21 points while shooting 48.6 percent from the field.
Nebraska is 3-13 against the spread in their last 16 games played on Thursday. The under is 7-2 in Nebraska's last nine games against the Big Ten. The under is 12-3-1 in the last 17 games played between the two teams.
When these two teams face off the under has been a strong play and the under will cash with ease in this game. I expect Nebraska is going to try and slow down the pace of play and that will lead to the under cashing with ease.