Iowa at Illinois - 3/13/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Illinois Fighting Illini (21-6) vs Iowa Hawkeyes (21-7)
Game Info: Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 3:30 pm (Lucas Oil Stadium)
Betting Odds: Illinois Fighting Illini -3.5 -- Over/Under: 157.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Iowa Hawkeyes and Illinois Fighting Illini meet Saturday in the college basketball Big Ten Semifinal at the Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Iowa Hawkeyes look for another win after beating Wisconsin on Friday. The Iowa Hawkeyes are averaging 85 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 72.1 points on 41.2 percent shooting. Luka Garza is averaging 23.8 points and 8.7 rebounds while Joe Wieskamp is averaging 15 points and 6.6 rebounds. Jordan Bohannon is the third double-digit scorer and CJ Fredrick is dishing 2.1 assists. The Iowa Hawkeyes are shooting 39.6 percent from beyond the arc and 71 percent from the free throw line. The Iowa Hawkeyes are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.2 rebounds per game.
The Illinois Fighting Illini look for another win after beating Rutgers on Friday. The Illinois Fighting Illini are averaging 80.7 points on 50 percent shooting and allowing 68.5 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Ayo Dosunmu is averaging 20.9 points and 6.2 rebounds while Kofi Cockburn is averaging 17.3 points and 9.6 rebounds. Trent Frazier is the third double-digit scorer and Adam Miller is grabbing 2.7 rebounds. The Illinois Fighting Illini are shooting 38.2 percent from beyond the arc and 68.6 percent from the free throw line. The Illinois Fighting Illini are allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.5 rebounds per game.
The Hawkeyes are 13-3-2 ATS in their last 18 neutral site games. The Fighting Illini are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 8-2 in Hawkeyes last 10 overall. The over is 5-2 in Fighting Illini last 7 overall. The favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Illinois Fighting Illini won the only meeting this season, but it was a back and forth contest with a lot of offense. Illinois is the better team here overall, but Iowa is so good offensively and has probably the player of the year, it's hard to turn down free points. This will be the sixth time this season Iowa is an underdog, and the Hawkeyes only lose in the underdog role by an average of 1.3 points. Illinois is probably the rightful favorite, but I want the points with Iowa.