Illinois at Michigan State: 2/19/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Illinois at Michigan State: 2/19/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan State Spartans (18-7) vs Illinois Fighting Illini (18-7)

Game Info: Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 12:00 pm (Jack Breslin Student Events Center)

Betting Odds: Michigan State Spartans -1 -- Over/Under: 141 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Michigan State Spartans will play host to the Illinois Fighting Irish in this college basketball matchup scheduled for Saturday Night. 

The Michigan State Spartans are coming off of a 4 point loss against Penn State in their last time out. Julius Marble II scored 14 points and Max Christie had 10 for the Spartans in the loss.

The Michigan State Spartans are led in scoring by Gabe Brown who averages 12.1 points and 4.3 rebounds for this team. Malik Hall averages 10.2 points and 4.9 rebounds a night. Max Christie is the third leading scorer for the Spartans as he averages 9.8 points a game for this team.

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The Spartans are averaging 72.7 points per game on 45.9% shooting from the field. They are allowing opponents to score 66.1 points per game. They are shooting 76.6% from the free throw line. 

The Illinois Fighting Irish are coming off of a 11 point loss against Rutgers in their last time out. Kofi Cockburn finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Trent Frazier added 11 points and RJ Melendez had 10 in the loss.

The Illinois Fighting Irish are led in scoring by Kofi Cockburn who averages 21.4 points and 11.3 rebounds for this team. Alfonso Plummer averages 14.9 points and 2.5 rebounds a night. Trent Fraizer is the third leading scorer for the Fighting Irish as he averages 12.4 points a game for this team.

The Illinois Fighting Irish are averaging 75.9 points per game on 45.6% shooting from the field. They are allowing opponents to score 66.4 points per game. They are shooting 70.8% from the free throw line.

The Fighting Illini are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Saturday games. The Spartans are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games. The Spartans are also 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. I’ll back the Illini in this one as Michigan can get stale on offense while Illinois has an intense talent in Cockburn. He’s impact should be enough here.

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