Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Purple Aces vs Fighting Illini CBB Odds
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(0-0) Evansville Purple Aces vs. Illinois Fighting Illini (0-0)
Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018
Time: 8:00 PM ET
Venue: State Farm Center, Champaign, IL.
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Illinois -12.5
CBB Betting Total: 142
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Evansville Purple Aces
Evansville’s season a year ago ended in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament and led to the eventual dismissal of Head Coach Marty Simmons.
With Simmons’ firing, the MVC’s leading-scorer Dru Smith transferred to Missouri. Evansville also lost its next-best scorer Ryan Taylor, who is with Northwestern.
What it did gain was a new top dog with some NBA experience in former Boston Celtic Walter McCarty. The Purple Aces have been marketing McCarty ever since, sending him on a caravan tour of the local area with meet-and-greets, Q&A’s and more.
McCarty’s first top recruit is a kid out of Houston, DeAndre Williams, who, reportedly, can play the two, three and four at 6’9″. He’s a versatile and unselfish player who can score the ball as well, according to those who have seen him.
But Williams alone isn’t enough to keep most pundits from picking Evansville near the bottom of the MVC. Almost all have the Aces either ninth or tenth in the preseason standings.
Illinois Fighting Illini
Illinois returns just four scholarship players to a team that went 4–14 in the conference a year ago. The Illini are picked twelfth in this year’s preseason Big Ten standings.
Trent Frazier led all conference freshman in scoring and assists last season, though, and he’s back and the number one reason Illini fans have to be confident.
Williams has to be the man in his sophomore season and Brad Underwood’s second as Head Coach. Ayo Dosunmu is the big freshman get for Underwood in his first full recruiting campaign. He’s a top-30 in the Class of 2018.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Under is 7-3 in EVAN last 10 road games.
- ILL are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 Thu. games.
- Under is 13-5 in ILL last 18 Thu. games.
- Over is 5-2-1 in ILL last 8 home games.
Free Evansville Purple Aces vs. Illinois Fighting Illini NCAAB Prediction: Illinois by eight.
Internally, the Illini are more confident than the touts. I believe in Frazier and so I believe in this team having a chance to dance in a few months.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Evansville ATS (+12.5)
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Evansville 71 – Illinois 79
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