Northwestern at Illinois - 2/13/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Northwestern at Illinois - 2/13/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Nikos Frazier / Journal & Courier / USA TODAY NETWORK

Illinois Fighting Illini (17-6) vs Northwestern Wildcats (12-10)

Game Info: Sunday, February 13, 2022 at 2:00 pm (State Farm Center)

Betting Odds: Illinois Fighting Illini -9.5 -- Over/Under: 139 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Northwestern Wildcats will go on the road to play the Illinois Fighting Illini in a Big Ten game on Sunday afternoon.

The Northwestern Wildcats are 12-10 (5-8) this season and have won three games in a row. Northwestern is coming off of a win against Indiana by a score of 59-51. Northwestern only shot 31.4% from the field but was +9 in rebounding margin in the game. Race Thompson led the Wildcats with 14 points and 6 rebounds in the win. Northwestern is averaging 75.1 points per game and is giving up 67.8 points per game against, while also averaging 36.7 rebounds per game and 16.2 assists per game. Boo Buie is averaging 15.5 points per game and 4.8 assists per game, while Pete Nance is averaging 15.1 points per game and 7 rebounds per game for the Wildcats. Northwestern is shooting 43.6% on field goals, 73.5% on free throws, and 34.8% on three pointers.

The Illinois Fighting Illini are 17-6 (10-3) this season and have won four of their last five games. Illinois lost to Purdue by a score of 84-68 in their last game. Illinois led the game by two points at halftime, but was outscored in the second half 48-30 for the loss. Kofi Cockburn led the Fighting Illini with 18 points and 7 rebounds in the game. Illinois is averaging 76.7 points per game and is giving up 66.3 points per game against, while also averaging 40 rebounds per game and 15.7 assists per game. Kofi Cockburn is averaging 21.6 points per game and 11.2 rebounds per game, while Alfonso Plummer is averaging 15.2 points per game and 2.6 rebounds per game for the Fighting Illini. Illinois is shooting 46% on field goals, 71.4% on free throws, and 36.7% on three pointers.

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Northwestern is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Sunday games. The under is 4-1 in Northwestern’s last 5 Sunday games. Illinois is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games and 0-7 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games. The over is 8-2-1 in Illinois’ last 11 home games. The road team is 4-1 ATS in these two teams last 5 head to head meetings.

Illinois is currently in first place in the Big Ten standings, while Northwestern is currently in tenth place. Northwestern has played better in their last three games, but has also played two lesser teams. Illinois defeated Northwester in their first game of the season 59-56. I think Illinois will play better this time around and I like them to win by double digits.

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David’s Pick Illinois -9.5

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