Cincinnati at Illinois - 11/22/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Cincinnati at Illinois - 11/22/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois Fighting Illini (2-1) vs Cincinnati Bearcats (4-0)

Game Info: Monday, November 22, 2021 at 6:30 pm (T-Mobile Center)

Betting Odds: Illinois Fighting Illini -12 -- Over/Under: 139 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Cincinnati Bearcats will head to Kansas City, Missouri, for the Hall of Fame Classic to take on the Illinois fighting Illini who are ranked tenth in the nation. 

Cincinnati has begun the season four and zero under first year head coach Wes Miller. The Bearcats are averaging 76.5 points per game on 44.9% shooting from the field. They are allowing just 55.5 points per contest which is ranked 20th in the nation. 

Jeremiah Davenport leads the Bearcats in scoring 12.5 points per game. David Dejulius isn’t far behind as he contributes 11.3 points a night to go along with almost three assists. 

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Trent Fraizer’s 23 points wasn’t enough for the Illini in their 1 point loss to Marquette. Trent Fraizer, Jacob Grandison, and Coleman Hawkins all average more than 14 points for the Illini this season. 

The Illini are scoring 76.3 points per game 42.3% shooting from the field. They are only allowing 55 points per game which ranks 22nd in the nation. They have been stifling opponents forcing them to just 36% from the field which is 39thi in the nation.

The Illini committed 26 turnovers in the loss and they squandered a 12-point lead with less than 10 minutes remaining. 

The last time these teams met, the Illini captured a 67-45 victory. This was years ago and this Cincinnati program has grown a ton since then. The winner will play for the Hall of Fame Classic Championship.  

The over is 19-7 in Bearcats last 26 overall. The over is 6-1 in Fighting Illini last 7 games following a straight up loss.

The Fighting Illini are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS loss and are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.

The Bearcats are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing less than 50 points in their previous game and are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games.

This spread is rather large, but I think the Fighting Illini have a good shot at covering the spread against this Cincinnati team.

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Clayton’s Pick Illinois -12

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