Free CBB Hoops Pick: Golden Gophers vs Fighting Illini Odds
Looking for Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini free plays? CBB betting sees the Golden Gophers taking on the Illini on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all college basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily NCAA hoops predictions.
(8-22) Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini (13-18)
Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Time: 4:30 PM ET
Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
CBB Moneyline Odds: Off
CBB Betting Odds: Illinois -8
CBB Betting Total: 137.5
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Both of these programs are down this year and not really expected to put up much of a fight.
Neither of these teams has the profile where something unexpected might happen over the next few days either, sorry guys.
The Big Ten is going to send a bunch of teams to the tournament this season but neither of these are going to be among them.
Minnesota Golden Gophers
This has not been a good season for the Gophers by any measure. A program that was underrated seems to have flat lined.
It is hard to have an efficient offense when your leading scorer is anything but. Nate Mason is a nice player but he is shooting a terrible 38% from the field this season.
It gets worse though. None of the players listed as guard who play regularly is much better. None of them are shooting even 40% not even the medium to low volume guys. The team is 315th overall in FG%
The numbers are a little better from the group up front but not much. Joey King and Jordan Murphy are bother averaging 11ppg.
The defense is only slightly better for Minnesota this season. Without a ton of talent you really have to have an identity.
Illinois Fighting Illini
Illinois is not in a much better position than Minnesota though they can point to injuries just a little bit.
Malcolm Hill is having an underrated season. He is third in the league in scoring and his backcourt mate Kendrick Nunn is 11th. That is pretty good.
The problem is that Illinois can’t stop anybody this season and it’s not like the B10 is loaded with high tempo teams either.
Mike Thorne was providing them with an inside presence but since he went down they have really struggled inside. Maverick Morgan has size but he is wildly inconsistent.
Illinois is the favourite in this one but don’t get too caught up in Illini fever, it is not going to last beyond Wednesday.
CBB Betting Trends:
- MINN are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 Wed. games.
- Under is 21-8 in MINN last 29 Wed. games.
- ILL are 9-3-3 ATS in their last 15 Wed. games.
- MINN are 7-19 ATS in the last 26 meetings.
- Favorite is 18-8 ATS in the last 26 meetings.
Free Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini CBB Prediction:
These proud programs are closer to Rutgers than the middle right now. Somebody has to win this one but that will be the end of the line.
At least Illinois fans can talk about Lovie Smith, whether they are excited about him or not.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Illinois -7
Just because this game is on doesn’t mean you have to watch it. Lots more action over the next few days.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Illinois 77 – Minnesota 65
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