Illinois at Northwestern - 1/29/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Illinois at Northwestern - 1/29/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Northwestern Wildcats (9-9) vs Illinois Fighting Illini (14-5)

Game Info: Saturday, January 29, 2022 at 4:30 pm (Welsh-Ryan Arena)

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The Illinois Fighting Illini will travel to play the Northwestern Wildcats in a Big Ten game on Saturday.

The Illinois Fighting Illini are 14-5 (7-2) this season and have lost two of their last three games. Illinois is coming off of a win against Michigan State by a score of 56-55 in their last game. Illinois shot 41.5% from the field and made 9 three pointers in the win. Trent Frazier led the Fighting Illini with 16 points and 5 assists in the game. Illinois is averaging 78.1 points per game and is giving up 66.3 points per game against, while also averaging 41.3 rebounds per game and 15.7 assists per game. Kofi Cockburn (questionable) is averaging 21.1 points per game and 11.8 assists per game, while Alfonso Plummer is averaging 16.2 points per game and 2.6 rebounds per game for the Fighting Illini. Illinois is shooting 46% on field goals, 72.5% on free throws, and 37.2% on three pointers.

The Northwestern Wildcats are 9-9 (2-7) this season and have lost three games in a row. Northwestern lost to Michigan by a score of 72-70 in their last game. Northwestern allowed their opponent to shoot 56.1% from the field and 66.7% from three-point range in the loss. Pete Nance led the Wildcats with 14 points and 6 rebounds in the game. Northwestern is averaging 76.2 points per game and is giving up 68.9 points per game against, while also averaging 36.6 rebounds per game and 17.3 assists per game. Pete Nance is averaging 16 points per game and 7.2 rebounds per game, while Boo Buie is averaging 14.9 points per game and 5.3 assists per game for the Wildcats. Northwestern is shooting 44.3% on field goals, 72.7% on free throws, and 35.6% on three pointers.

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Illinois is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games. The over is 5-1 in Illinois’ last 6 road games. Northwestern is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games. The over is 5-2 in Northwestern’s last 7 games. The road team is 4-0 ATS in these two teams last 4 head to head meetings.

Northwestern comes into this game with only two conference wins, one of which came on the road against Michigan State. Illinois has been without star center Kofi Cockburn in their last two games, but has managed to go 1-1 in that span. Cockburn’s status in this game will be important, but I like Illinois to win this either way.

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David’s Pick Illinois -3

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