Illinois Fighting Illini at No. 13 Oregon Ducks
Date/Time: December 14, 9:00 p.m. EST
With the regular season over for college football, it is time for the college basketball season to take center stage. On Saturday night in college hoops the biggest game of the week features the Illinois Fighting Illini against the top ranked Oregon Ducks. The Ducks sport a perfect 8-0 record and go up against a one loss Illinois team that is eager to get a signature win.
Illinois has had just one set back on the season, a three point loss to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Despite that blemish, the Illini have played very good basketball. They enter this game with a very balanced attack. They have an offense that has more than one player that can put up double digits. This was evident in the last outing against Dartmouth, which resulted in a victory.
Rayvonte Rice scored 13 points, Jon Ekey put up 11 points. Nnanna Egwu and Joseph Bertrand added 11 points each as well, and freshman Malcolm Hill chipped in 10 points to round out the list of players that can put up double digits on any given night. If anyone knows offense, it is their opponent on Saturday night.
The Ducks average over 90 points per game and are off a victory in overtime against Mississippi in which they scored 115 points. For those that think the Ducks may be vulnerable after playing an extra session, think again. The latest college basketball trends actually reveal why the Ducks are in a good spot to get the victory.
The Fighting Illini are 0-4-2 against the spread (ATS) in their last 6 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games when playing against a team with a winning home record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games when playing against a team with a home winning percentage that exceeds .600. The Ducks are 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games following a straight up win, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games after scoring more than 90 points in their previous game and 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games when playing against a team with a winning straight up record.
The Ducks beat the Illini in every statistical category to include three point percentage, free throw percentage and points per game. The Illni have always had trouble keeping other teams off the glass and they will have the same issue with the Ducks. This game will be close early and then the high flying Ducks will pull away with the big victory.
Free Pick: Oregon Ducks
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