Nebraska vs Illinois Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/16/24

Illinois (24-8) vs Nebraska (22-9)

Game Info: Saturday, March 16, 2024 at 3:30 pm (Target Center)

Betting Odds: Illinois -4.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Nebraska Cornhuskers and Illinois Fighting Illini meet Saturday in the college basketball Big Ten Semifinal at the Target Center. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Illinois Fighting Illini prediction.

Nebraska Cornhuskers Betting Preview

The Nebraska Cornhuskers are coming off wins over Rutgers, Michigan and Indiana. The Nebraska Cornhuskers are averaging 76.8 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 69.3 points on 39.6 percent shooting. Keisei Tominaga is averaging 14.6 points and 2.3 rebounds, while Rienk Mast is averaging 12.7 points and 7.8 rebounds. Brice Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Juwan Gary is grabbing 6.2 rebounds. The Nebraska Cornhuskers are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 75.4 percent from the free throw line. The Nebraska Cornhuskers are allowing 31.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.9 rebounds per game.

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Illinois Fighting Illini Betting Preview

The Illinois Fighting Illini recently lost to Purdue while beating Iowa and Ohio State. The Illinois Fighting Illini are averaging 83.9 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 72.9 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Terrence Shannon Jr. is averaging 21.6 points and 4.2 rebounds, while Marcus Domask is averaging 16 points and 4.9 rebounds. Coleman Hawkins is the third double-digit scorer and Quincy Guerrier is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The Illinois Fighting Illini are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 74.1 percent from the free throw line. The Illinois Fighting Illini are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.1 rebounds per game.

Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Illinois Fighting Illini prediction

The Illinois Fighting Illini are the more talented team and beat Nebraska in the only meeting this season a month ago in overtime. However, Nebraska hung in that game on the road as 10 point underdogs. The Nebraska Cornhuskers have some shooters, and they can get hot offensively to keep this run going. Nebraska just lit up Indiana for 93 points and scored 85 points before that on the road in Michigan. Tournament games and back to back contests where guys can stay in a groove, Nebraska is a live dog in this spot. Give me the Huskers and the points.

Randy’s Pick Nebraska +4.5

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