Indiana at Illinois: 3/11/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Indiana at Illinois: 3/11/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois Fighting Illini (22-8) vs Indiana Hoosiers (19-12)

Game Info: Friday, March 11, 2022 at 11:30 am (Gainbridge Fieldhouse)

Betting Odds: Illinois Fighting Illini -3.5 -- Over/Under: 138.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Illinois Fighting Illini and Indiana Hoosiers face off on Friday in a college basketball showdown in the Big Ten Tournament at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse. 

When these two teams faced off on February 5th it was Illinois that came away with the 74-57 victory. Trent Frazier was the top player for Illinois scoring 23 points. Indiana was led by Race Thompson scoring 13 points. 

Indiana comes into this game with a 19-12 record overall and they had lost two games in a row before pulling off an impressive upset in the first round of the Big Ten tournament. At halftime, Michigan was up 41-28 but in the second half, Indiana scored 46 points, and that was enough to win by five points. Indiana is averaging 71.4 points while their defense is giving up 65.5 points per game. Trayce Jackson-Davis has been the top player for Indiana averaging 17.4 points while shooting 57.8 percent from the field. There are three different players that are averaging at least 11.8 points per game. In this game if Indiana wants to come away with the victory they are going to need the offense to be good 

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The Illinois Fighting Illini comes into this game with a 22-8 record overall and they have won three games in a row. In the last game against Iowa they were really tested, but they were able to win 74-72. The last few games have been a little closer than they hoped, but they have been winning, which is all that matters at this point of the season. Kofi Cockburn has been the top player for Illinois averaging 21 points while shooting 59.7 percent from the field. There are four different players that are averaging at least 10 points per game. 

Indiana made a late comeback against Michigan on Thursday, but it’s going to be a lot different in this game. Look for Indiana’s defense to struggle against the Illinois offense and that is going to be the difference as the Fighting Illini get the job done. Back Illinois to come away with a cover of the spread. 

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Shane’s Pick Illinois -3.5

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