Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Cornhuskers vs. Fighting Illini CBB Odds
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2021 NCAA Basketball Handicapping
(5-16) Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. #5 Illinois Fighting Illini (16-6)
Date: Thursday February 25, 2021
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: State Farm Center, Champaign, Illinois
CBB Moneyline Odds: Nebraska – , Illinois +
CBB Betting Odds: Nebraska –
CBB Betting Total:
Thursday college hoops has an inner conference BIG 10 showdown in the works between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Illinois Fighting Illini.
These two teams are on opposite ends of the spectrum in a stacked BIG 10 conference. Illinois is second in the conference standings which is remarkable considering they’re a top 5 team nationally whereas Nebraska currently sits in last in the BIG10 and is 2 wins behind the next team.
Nebraska (5-16, 1-13 BIG10) will make the trip east to pay a visit to Illinois (16-6, 12-4 BIG 10) and look to play spoiler on their home court. These teams met less than 2 weeks ago on January 12th as the game was back and forth the whole way and eventually went into overtime with the Illini prevailing 77-72.
Illinois was led in scoring by Ayo Dosunmu who dropped 31 points while dishing 6 assists. He was followed by big man Kofi Cockburn who scored 21 points to pair with his 13 rebounds.
Nebraska has taken a beating all year as the BIG10 conference has season a heightened level of play among the teams but the Cornhuskers have not shown the same. They are last in the standings at 1-11 which is 2 wins below the next closest team and other 2 wins below the next.
This is not a game that bodes well for Nebraska as they have struggled against ranked teams and those that have a dominant big man such as Kofi Cockburn. The silver lining for the Cornhuskers is that these teams have met recently and in that outing it was a back and forth game that wasn’t decided until overtime which maybe they can hope for again.
For the Cornhuskers, Teddy Allen has been the team’s best player averaging 16.9 points and 4.7 rebounds while Dalano Banton has added 9.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists.
Illinois Fighting Illini
Illinois has been on a roll all season and has surprised some their elite play which now has them all the way up to #5 in the country. The Fighting Illini are at second in the BIG10 at 12-4 with 6 of those wins coming by a double digit margin.
They have shown an inability to stay consistent point being their Tuesday loss to the below average Michigan State team 82-71. The team struggled to find a rhythm shooting the ball including going 5/17 (29.4%) from 3 point range.
Illinois’ Ayo Dosunmu has been dominant all year for the Fighting Illini averaging 21 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists while Kofi Cockburn has put up 17.4 points and 10.1 rebounds. The Illinois offense has scored 81.3 points per game this season, ranking the Fighting Illini 17th nationally.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Illinois is 4-3-1 ATS in last 8 games
- Illinois is 7-1 SU in last 8 games
- Illinois OVERS are 3-1 in last 4 games
- Nebraska is 4-5 ATS in last 9 games
- Nebraska is 0-4 SU in last 4 games
- Nebraska UNDERS are 6-3 in last 9 games
Free Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini NCAAB Prediction:
The Illinois Fighting Illini are top to bottom a better team than Nebraska. That being said they have shown inconsistencies and lost games before that they should have been easy wins. These teams just played one another which ended up being a slugfest even though Illinois had a double digit spread in that one.
I expect Ayo Dosunmu and Kofi Cockburn to have another dominant game in this one and have their team playing at a higher level in order to avoid any similar upset potential. I’m taking the Fighting Illini to get the win at home.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Illinois
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