Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Golden Gophers vs. Fighting Illini CBB Odds
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(15-7) Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini (13-10)
2017 NCAA Basketball – Big Ten
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM ET
Venue: State Farm Center, Champaign, Illinois
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Illinois -1.5
CBB Betting Total: OFF
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It’s a Big 10 match up on Saturday afternoon when the Golden Gophers travel to Champaign to take on the Fighting Illini.
Both teams are near the bottom of the Big 10 and this game could come up huge when it comes to seeding at the end of the season.
This is the fist meeting between the two teams this year. Illinois have won the last three match ups.
Minnesota Golden Gophers
The Gophers are really stuck in a rut right now.
After starting off the season 15-3 and reaching the Top 25 they have lost five games in a row. In each of those five games they had a chance to win and blew it at the end.
The Gophers are led by Nate Mason on the offensive end averaging 14 points a game. But he has really struggled as of late.
He hasn’t been able to hit anything from outside and for the Gophers to make the tournament they need him to play better.
This game is a must win for the Gophers if they want to make the tournament.
After the Gophers had a players only meeting on Friday the Gophers should come out motivated to win this game.
Illinois Fighting Illini
After a 10-3 start the Illinois Fighting Illini have really struggled as of late.
They are 3-7 in conference play and sit in 12th place of the Big Ten. They have lost five of their last six with their only win coming over the Hawkeyes.
The Illini are led by Senior Guard Malcolm Hill. He is averaging 17.2, 5.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.
The Illini need to get off to a fast start and get the home crowd behind them. If they do that they should be able to win this game.
CBB Betting Trends:
- ILL are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games.
- MINN are 7-20 ATS in the last 27 meetings.
- MINN are 15-35-1 ATS in their last 51 road games
- Over is 7-3 in MINN last 10 overall.
Free Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini NCAAB Prediction:
This game will come down to how well Minnesota’s back court performs.
I think Nate Mason will continue to struggle with his shot.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Illinois -1.5
Illinois will win in a close game.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Illinois 72 – Minnesota 67
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