Illinois at Kansas State: 11/23/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Illinois at Kansas State: 11/23/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by IndyStar-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas State Wildcats (2-1) vs Illinois Fighting Illini (2-2)

Game Info: Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 7:00 pm (T-Mobile Center)

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The 14th ranked Illinois Fighting Illini & Kansas State Wildcats will square off at the T-Mobile Center this Tuesday night in the Hall of Fame Classic.

The 14th ranked Illinois Fighting Illini lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 2-2 on the season after being upset by the Cincinnati Bearcats, 71-51, last night. Illinois jumped out to a quick 23-8 lead, however, Cincinnati fought back to take a 34-31 halftime lead and after the Fighting Illini struggled offensively to start the 2nd half, Illinois could not fight back after falling behind by a 53-36 margin with 10:44 left in regulation. Illinois shot just 28.1% from the field & 13.6% from beyond the arc while allowing Cincinnati to shoot 41.4% from the field & 28.6% from beyond the arc. Illinois lost the turnover battle by a 14-11 margin and was outrebounded by Cincinnati by a 40-36 margin in the loss. Leading the way for Illinois was Kofi Cockburn who had 18 points, 7 rebounds, 1 block, & 1 steal.

On the season, Illinois is averaging 70.0 ppg on 39.1% shooting from the field. The Fighting Illini are averaging 6.5 three-pointers per game on 28.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Illinois has been led by Kofi Cockburn (18.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.0 spg, 1.0 bpg), Trent Frazier (11.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.7 spg), Jacob Grandison (11.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.5 apg), & Coleman Hawkins (11.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.8 spg, 1.5 bpg).

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Defensively, Illinois is holding their opponents to an average of 59.5 ppg on 37.4% shooting from the field. The Fighting Illini have a rebound margin of 15.0 and a turnover margin of -2.0.

The Kansas State Wildcats dropped to 2-1 on the season after being defeated by the 13th ranked Arkansas Razorbacks, 72-64, last night. Kansas State struggled on the offensive end against the Razorbacks and could not fight all the way back after going into halftime trailing by a 42-24 margin. Kansas State shot just 37.3% from the field & 13.6% from beyond the arc while holding Arkansas to 36.2% shooting from the field & 13.6% from beyond the arc. Kansas State pulled down 41 rebounds, however, lost the turnover battle by a 15-12 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Selton Miguel who had 14 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, & 1 steal.

On the season, Kansas State is averaging 70.0 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Wildcats are averaging 7.0 three-pointers per game on 33.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Kansas State has been led by Nijel Pack (15.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.7 spg), Selton Miguel (10.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.7 apg), Mark Smith (9.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.0 apg), & Markquis Nowell (9.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.3 spg).

Defensively, Kansas State is allowing their opponents to average of 64.3 ppg on 37.3% shooting from the field. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of 5.0 and a turnover margin of -1.3.

The Fighting Illini are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Tuesday games. The Wildcats are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games as an underdog, however, are just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 neutral site games.

Kansas State had an impressive comeback against Arkansas, however, their offense just hasn’t been great so far this season as they come into this game ranked just t-227th in scoring offense, 190th in FG%, & t-236th in turnover margin. Illinois struggled offensively against Cincinnati, despite getting their best player back in the lineup in Kofi Cockburn, and just haven’t looked great offensively in their own right as they currently rank just 297th in FG% & 294th in 3P-FG%. I like Illinois to bounce back in this one, however, as we have seen both offenses struggle this season, I think that trend continues tonight and that the better play here is to take the Under. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Under 134.5

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